Hoping to set a standard for others in the industry to follow, food-service giant Bon Appetit Management Co. announced today that it will purchase pork, liquid eggs and veal only from producers who follow more humane animal agricultural practices.
The founder’s stance on animal welfare is an outgrowth of his two-year stint on the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production, during which Bauccio visited many concentrated animal feeding operations and saws how these CAFOs affected the animals, the environment, the workers and the communities around them.
“The light bulb went off in my head and I said, ‘If we’re going to become a sustainable company, we really have to care about these things.’ ”
Bauccio has taken heat from his competitors for his stances in the past, and he expects it again this time.
“Look, they told me I was crazy when I started this company the way I did 25 years ago. . . . I’m not some Berkeley hippie. I do wear a tie and suit,” Bauccio said. “I’m sure they’re going to think I’m nuts [for the animal welfare announcement], but I don’t care. This is the right thing to do. I know it is.”
Read the full article, Bon Appetit Announces Animal Welfare Reforms, on the Washington Post website.