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Outside the Box Challenge: Challenge #4: The Stonyfield Know Your Food Test

Posted Mar 22 2010 5:42am
Outside the Box Challenge: Challenge #4: The Stonyfield Know Your Food Test :

We made it to Week #4! We’ve seen some really fabulous recipes so far, and we hope this inspired you to do some planning and cooking ahead so you’re not left scrambling for the drive-thru.

This week’s test, sponsored by Stonyfield, will hopefully inspire you to mix it up once again.

If you’ve seen Food, Inc., you know that Stonyfield cares about where its products come from. The organic dairy company even has a section of its website devoted to letting you know all of the ways they’re conscious of the environmental impact of where their food comes from, where it’s going, and how it gets there.

So let’s say I bought one of their Oikos Greek yogurts. I could go to the Stonyfield website and find out exactly how that yogurt got into my hands .

I did something similar with Miller Amish Country Chicken on my blog back in January . I bought the brand all the time, and I started to wonder just what their farming practices were. I checked out the website and found my answer:

Our chicks are hatched at our own hatchery and placed primarily on Amish family farms.  The birds are raised inside naturally ventilated, curtain sided, houses and are free to roam on open floors.  They are fed an all-vegetable, drug free diet and are hormone and antibiotic free.

Miller chickens are raised in a stress-free environment where they have access to fresh water and feed with natural light and ventilation and are free to roam within the chicken house on open floors.  The chickens are cared for by peace loving Amish families.

Okay, so their chickens aren’t running around on fields of green grass, but I definitely feel good about the fact that they get natural light, ventilation, and are hormone and antibiotic-free.

Your mission this week is to research one brand you often purchase, whether it’s meat, dairy, or even fruits and vegetables, to find out what the company’s growing practices are. Try to address the following questions as you play detective

Are the company’s foodie philosophies and practices in line with your belief system?

Does the company make an effort to share that sort of info with its consumers?

Should you reevaluate supporting that company?

What makes a brand worth buying in the first place?

Really, we just want you to find out where your food comes from! If you shop at a farmers’ market for most of your meat, dairy, and produce, you could ask the farmers you buy from if they use hormones/pesticides/antibiotics/etc.

It might be worthwhile to choose a brand that ISN’T as up front about their practices as Stonyfield or farmers at a farmers’ market. While we all want to hear that we choose brands with good food karma, maybe use this opportunity to decide if you’ll keep buying a non-organic brand.

Just for doing a little research, you could win one of FIVE Stonyfield prize packs!

As always you have until next Sunday, March 28, at midnight PST to submit your entry . Share as much as you want about what you found out about the company, and if you’re going to keep purchasing their products. The inspiration for this challenge came from the idea that if we’re not growing food ourselves, let’s at least find out as much as we can about it. Submit your findings here . Don’t forget to include your name somewhere in the body of the post! Also, don’t forget that you don’t have to have entered in the past to be eligible for one of the FIVE prize packs this week! Those of you that have entered every week: we’re keeping track of you and you’re in the running for the grand prize!

Happy hunting!

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