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Consumers

Consumers

Consumers

According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, globally we are losing one livestock breed a month. That may not seem like such a big deal since the ones that remain, such as the Holstein cow, which supplies 93% of our dairy products, are such super-producers. But the lack of diversity in our food chain ought to be a real concern. At the turn of the 20th century, there were 6,000 dairy farms in Rhode Island; now there are 17. In the 1920s, there were 60 breeds of chickens in the US; now the Cornish Rock dominates the market. In the 1930s, there were 15 breeds of pigs in the US; six of those are now extinct and just three breeds dominate the market.

Changing the trend doesn’t have to be a chore.

Here are a number of ways you can be a part:

On Your Plate

There’s no better way to help conservation than to put a little diversity on your plate. And buying heritage breed products gives farmers the opportunity to create and maintain niche markets. Try out some grass-fed beef, or unbelievable lamb! Read more >>

Read

Here’s our staff picks. After exhausting the books on heritage breeds and biodiversity, we have immersed ourselves in all the favorite “know your farmer, know your food books.” Read more >>

Visit and Learn

On the East Coast, there are loads of great places to go: farms to visit and living museums where you can learn about rare breeds and how these livestock molded America. Even stopping at a farmstand or patronizing a farmer’s market can make a difference. Read more >>

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