This weekend there's a real reason to make sure you put Domino's on your table. You may have seen it on Facebook, the Ag Pizza Party is a grassroots movement afoot to support America’s farm families. I read about this first at The Truth About Agriculture, an informative blog that shares the "real truth" about today's agriculture and dispels myths and misinformation that you so often read in the media. We're an agri family, but if you EAT... this should be important to you too!
Besides using the best products that American farmers can produce to make their pizzas, the Domino’s corporation recently declared it trusts animal care experts to decide which practices are best for the production of animals for food. This stand rejects a proposal from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) that would require the company's pork suppliers to stop using gestation stalls. Domino's Board of Directors cited the American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA) and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians' (AASV) published statements that indicate there are advantages and disadvantages to both cage-free and caged pork production methods.
Groups like the Humane Society of the United States are constantly badgering companies to make changes under the guise of animal welfare. In reality, the HSUS gives only 1% of it's budget to local pet shelters. “The Humane Society of the United States intentionally uses manipulative ads to raise money on the backs of abandoned and abused dogs and cats, yet it gives just one penny of each dollar it raises to local pet shelters,” said J. Justin Wilson, senior research analyst for nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF).
Tyson Foods President and CEO Donnie Smith wrote this in his blog to employees this week, "We support the independent farmers’ right to choose the type of process that allows them to provide humane care for the animals entrusted to them. I believe that the overwhelming majority of farmers that supply us the animals we process share our Core Values and strive to be good stewards of the land, animals, and environment entrusted to us."
So this weekend, I'm going to pick up a couple of pizzas and leave a note for the management of Domino’s. It's a way to pay it forward to America's Farmers.