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Our standard is simple: No antibiotics, ever.

Animals deserve to be handled with care and respect.

Are GMO ingredients good or bad? The jury is out, so we took them out.

Learn more

Blog Feed - "\"Mission Matters\""

Mission Matters: Sangcheol Moon

Meet Sangcheol Moon, a PhD student at UC Berkeley in Environmental Science, Policy and Management. Moon recently joined Applegate in a research project to investigate the potential of a 100% carbon neutral hotdog. She gave us the scoop.

Mission Matters: Judi Shils

Like many women, motherhood radically changed the way Judi Shils shopped and ate. But she wasn’t content only to make her life greener. She wanted to show others the way. Over the last 20 years, she built her organization, Turning Green, into a global platform to educate and empower students to advocate for climate justice, environmental sustainability and public health. Judi gave us the scoop on her latest initiative, Conscious Kitchen, which in partnership with companies including Applegate is bringing organic food to public schools.

Mission Matters: Yichao Rui

Meet Yichao Rui, Research Director of the Rodale Institute’s Farming Systems Trial, the longest-running comparison of organic and conventional agricultural systems in North America. Which makes Yichao the perfect person to quiz on the power of organic--and why healthy resilient soil is the foundation of good agriculture.

Mission Matters: Paul Greenberg

Lots of us worry about climate change. But what can we little people really do about it? The answer is in Paul Greenberg’s “The Climate Diet,” a new book that offers 50 achievable ways to cut our individual carbon emissions. One big one: what we eat. Paul gave us the scoop.

Mission Matters: Jac Wypler

Meet Jac Wypler, who works for the National Young Farmers Coalition on the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network-Northeast (FRSAN-NE), a collaborative network that supports farmer mental health in the region. It's a big job. Jac gave us the scoop

Mission Matters: Mark Bittman

We need to rethink the way we raise livestock as antibiotic-resistant infections continue to be on the rise. If you don't know where to begin or want to dive deeper into this topic, we have just the thought-leader to help you out! Check out our interview with Mark Bittman as he gives us the details on fighting back these superbugs.

Mission Matters: Bill Mudge

Today, antibiotic-resistant bacteria kill 700,000 people worldwide. Unchecked, that number could grow to 10 million by 2050. But there is hope. Bill Mudge, director of the new (and fabulous!) documentary “Beating Superbugs: Can We Win?” gives us the scoop.

Mission Matters: Bobby Gill

Meet Bobby Gill, director of development and communications at the @savoryinstitute, a nonprofit that works to facilitate the regeneration of the world's grasslands through holistic management. So who better to ask about animals' role in #regenerative agriculture? (Answer: No one.)

Mission Matters: Stefan Oellinger

Meet Stefan Oellinger, Applegate’s senior director of raw supply and the man (literally) in charge of our efforts to change the meat we eat. Stefan gave us a quick explainer on why a more holistic agricultural system is key.

Mission Matters: Justin Levy

Meet Justin Levy, the executive director of Conscious Alliance, a food rescue organization that works with artists, musicians and companies like Applegate to deliver food that would otherwise go to waste to communities in need. The last year has been…busy: In last year, Applegate donated more than 260,000 meals. Justin took a quick break to give us the scoop.

Mission Matters: Corwin Heatwole

Meet Corwin Heatwole, founder of @FarmerFocus, an innovative chicken company and Applegate supplier. He gave us the scoop on how he's changing chicken farms for good.

Mission Matters: Sydney Riess

Meet Sydney Riess, who works on U.S. PIRG’s Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics Campaign. The organization focuses on state laws to reduce antibiotics and also pressures companies to ban irresponsible use. Here’s the scoop.

Mission Matters: Rhyne Cureton

Meet Rhyne Cureton, aka @pork.rhyne. (Best. Handle. Ever.) We met Rhyne through the Young Farmers Coalition and were fascinated to learn about his work. He’s got experience both on the farm, working with pastured pigs, and with the National Pork Board (the guys who invented the slogan: The Other White Meat). It all adds up to a super-smart take on how to build a better food system. Here are edited excerpts.

Mission Matters: Michelle Thomas

Meet Michelle Thomas, whose role is setting and enforcing Applegate’s high standards for health and animal welfare. Dr. Thomas chatted with us about how she got her start and her vision of the future.

Mission Matters: Nicolette Niman

Meet Nicolette Niman, a lawyer who for more than three decades was a vegetarian and the most eloquent American defenders of ethical meat. Huh, you say? The evidence is on her side. In her book, Defending Beef--new edition out spring 2021--she shows how foods from cattle―milk and meat, particularly when raised entirely on grass―are healthful, nutritious and an irreplaceable part of the world’s food system.

Mission Matters: Andrew Gunther

Meet Andrew Gunther, executive director of A Greener World (AGW), a non-profit organization that promotes and supports ultra-sustainable livestock farming and the force behind AGW’s Animal Welfare Approved, the "gold standard" certification for pastured meat. Andrew gave us the scoop on the buzz around regenerative farming and how hogs (ie, your bacon) can be part of a healthy system.

Mission Matters: Jamie Ager

Meet Jamie Ager, a fourth-generation farmer in North Carolina. Jamie's company, Hickory Nut Gap Meat, brings together local ranchers who are committed to holistic grazing practices. Jamie gave us the scoop on how these practices benefit the animals and the land—and create the tastiest, juiciest pork for the new line of sausages from THE NEW FOOD COLLECTIVE™ by Applegate.

Mission Matters: Melissa Urban

You’re probably familiar with Melissa Urban, co-founder and CEO of the Whole30 program, Applegate partner and a six-time New York Times bestselling author. But we couldn't think of anyone better to ask for healthy eating advice. Here are Melissa’s tips for eating well in 2021.

Mission Matters: Nancy Roulston

Meet Nancy Roulston, senior director of corporate policy and animal science at ASPCA where she works with companies to improve the lives of livestock animals. We asked Nancy to highlight some key efforts helping animals, and what we as individuals can do to help.

Mission Matters: Jessica Shade

Meet Jessica Shade, director of science programs at the Organic Center. Her research focuses on the benefits of organic food and farming. We got the scoop.

Mission Matters: Diana Rodgers

Meet Diana Rodgers, co-author of the new book Sacred Cow, which makes a powerful case that good meat is good for your health and the environment. Which is just what you need to tackle the hard conversations at this year’s holiday table.

Mission Matters: Lance Price

Meet Lance Price, professor at the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and the founding director of GW’s Antibiotic Resistance Action Center. Dr. Price works at the interface between science and policy. We caught up with him to get the latest on the crisis of antibiotic resistance.

Mission Matters: John Ghingo

Meet John Ghingo, president of Applegate, meat-lover, changemaker. John joined Applegate in 2018 and since then has been leading the charge to keep meat on the table. Find out why—and how—below:

Mission Matters: Michelle Hughes

Meet Michelle Hughes, equity and organizational change manager at the National Young Farmers Coalition. Michelle joined the coalition to help farmers like herself to get their start in a system that by and large excludes them. Michelle gave us a primer on the challenges that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) farmers face and what we all can do to make a difference.