One of the biggest barriers to supporting and expanding local, safe and more humane meat production is the lack of sufficient meat-processing plants. Plus, the stringent regulations that govern meat processing can be prohibitive for small-scale operations.
Enter the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network. Its mission is “to provide a network and info hub for people and organizations who want small meat processors to thrive.” The group offers tools and information for small-scale processors as well as the farmers, marketers and meat buyers who depend on them. Be sure to check the network out online at Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network.
Cheryl Long is the editor in chief of MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine, and a leading advocate for more sustainable lifestyles. She leads a team of editors which produces high quality content that has resulted in MOTHER EARTH NEWS being rated as one North America’s favorite magazines. Long lives on an 8-acre homestead near Topeka, Kan., powered in part by solar panels, where she manages a large organic garden and a small flock of heritage chickens. Prior to taking the helm at MOTHER EARTH NEWS, she was an editor at Organic Gardening magazine for 10 years. Connect with her on Google+.