Exposed Food Inc. Farmer Turns Sustainable
Sun January 15, 2012
After getting called out for its inhumane industrialized chicken-raising practices in the hit documentary "Food Inc." a Maryland farm has turned in a more sustainable direction. Carole and Frank Morison ended their contract with mega poultry processor Perdue Farms, and is now raising a flock of 500 pasture-raised hens on what has become Maryland's first Animal Welfare Approved farm. Fork in the Road buys from similar independent, family farms that are committed to sustainable and humane practices — some of which used to raise commodity animals like the Morisons until more recently.
FDA Prohibits Giving Popular Antibiotic To Animals
Fri January 6, 2012
On Jan. 5, the FDA issued an order that prohibits giving cephalosporin – a popular class of antibiotics – to cattle, swine, chickens and turkeys. Banning its administration is intended to reduce the risk of resistance to antibiotics among humans. While 100% of Fork in the Road’s products are made from animals that were never given antibiotics, we absolutely applaud the FDA’s bold step in making the food system healthier for all.
Harmful Bacteria Widespread In Commodity Meat Supply
Thu December 29, 2011
Commodity meat is perhaps even more contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria than we thought. A recent nonprofit study found that nearly half of all the meat brands it tested contained bacteria that can cause anything from minor skin infections to pneumonia and sepsis. And half of those bacteria are resisitant to at least three classes of antibiotics. Mark Bittman of The New York Times argues that by ignoring this issue, the FDA has sacrificed public health, food quality and animal welfare to the profits that can be made by raising animals in factories. At Fork in the Road, all our animals are raised on independent family farms and are never given antibiotics.
FDA Refuses To Limit Antibiotic Use In Farm Animals
Tue December 20, 2011
In a recent decision, the Food and Drug Administration denied two longstanding petitions asking to limit the routine feeding of antibiotics to farm animals, which has been shown to negatively affect human health. With about 80% of all antibiotics administered in the US going to animals, its overuse increases the likelihood of antibiotic-resistant pathogens. To prevent damage to animals, human health and the environment, Fork in the Road only makes high-quality meats from animals that were never given antibiotics or hormones. Ever.
Top 10 Food And Farm Stories Of 2011
Tue December 20, 2011
It was Big Ag versus the Concerned Consumer in 2011, with a showdown that sparked headlines all year long. From the Farm Bill to school lunch reform, from DC Lobbying to food labeling, how our food is grown and raised was the underlying hot-button issue. Environmental Working Group compiled a list of the top 10 stories affecting our daily meals — and reveals how much work we have left to do in 2012 and the years ahead. To see what Fork in the Road is doing to improve agricultural transparency and sustainability, click on "A Better Path" in the top left corner of our website.
Should We All Go Gluten-free?
Mon November 28, 2011
In its most recent issue, The New York Times Magazine eplored the world of gluten-free living and the changing landscape of gluten-free foods. Researchers have found that 1 in 133 Americans has celiac disease, and many more are reducing their wheat intake for other health reasons. At Fork in the Road, we are just as concerned about your family's health as you are. That's just one reason why all of our hot dogs, sausages and deli meats are made gluten-free and without artifical ingredients or preservatives. That's our honest commitment to you and all our gluten-free fans.
Go For The Local, Sustainable Turkey This Thanksgiving
Wed November 16, 2011
Not all turkeys are created equally, so we thought it might be helpful to share some eco-turkey tips for Thanksgiving. If you love all the attributes found in Fork in the Road’s own products — antibiotic-free, hormone-free, free-range, humanely raised and sustainably raised — then you'll love our friends over at Diestel Family Turkey Ranch. Plus they’re local! We’re thankful they’ve taken a better path since 1949.
Chicago Schools Serve Local, Antibiotic-Free Chicken
Tue November 1, 2011
New menu changes are taking flight at all Chicago public schools. The system, which contains 473 schools, announced it will begin buying and serving local, antibiotic-free chicken. Fork in the Road especially loves this decision — in fact, our pasture-raised antibiotic-free hot dogs are served in school cafeterias nationwide. Chicago is now the largest school district to endorse feeding kids antibiotic-free chicken — we’d like to see that trend grow across all meats!
Support Your Local Food Day Oct. 24
Sat October 22, 2011
On Monday, Oct. 24, chefs, food banks, schools, farmers' markets and food lovers across America will observe Food Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness and funds nationwide to promote healthy eating and affordable, sustainable food. Whole Foods — which carries Fork in the Road products throughout California, Oregon and Washington — has partnered with Epicurious and the Food Day initiative to make it easy and rewarding to host a local Food Day event. To find out how you can participate, visit www.foodday.org
Americans Increasingly Concerned About Food Quality
Thu September 29, 2011
Two new polls reveal consumers’ growing concerns about the quality of America’s food supply and how it’s produced. As a result, the studies show, shoppers are adjusting their buying habits to reflect an interest in where and how their food is made. When you buy any Fork in the Road product — from our snappy hot dogs to artisanal deli meat — you can be sure it is made with the highest quality ingredients and cared for from farm to fork. In fact, you can even track where your food comes from by clicking on “Follow Your Food.”