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Local Farmer Q&A: Meet Cliff McConville of All Grass Farms

Local Farmer Q&A: Meet Cliff McConville of All Grass Farms

Meet Sustainable Farmer Cliff McConville Insurance broker turned sustainable farmer Cliff McConville owns All Grass Farms, a 150 acre farm in Dundee, Illinois. Cliff’s farm animals are humanely pasture-raised and largely grass fed, with no pens or cages. They are free...

Delivering Change to Trader Joe’s Headquarters

Delivering Change to Trader Joe’s Headquarters

Thank you to everyone who signed our petition, and made phone calls or sent emails, in support of our initiative. Also, special thanks to everyone who donated to help us fund the printing and in-person delivery of the petition and comments to the Trader Joe’s...

Crate Free IL News: Trader Joe’s Sells Inhumane Pork Products

Crate Free IL News: Trader Joe’s Sells Inhumane Pork Products

**UPDATE** We are traveling from Illinois to California to deliver our petition of nearly 370,000 signatures in person on March 14. We will be meeting with some management at Trader Joe's headquarters and are hopeful they will be announcing a timeline to phase out...

Announcing Our Brand New Look!

Announcing Our Brand New Look!

We are very excited to share with you Crate Free Illinois' new look and completely re-designed website! We want to make your experience here simple, clean and easy-to-navigate. Please have a spin around and let us know what you think. We're excited about the entire...

Cooking for Causes Workshop with Chicago’s Salt Block Kitchen

Cooking for Causes Workshop with Chicago’s Salt Block Kitchen

by Lisa Lubin Thankfully today there is a growing movement to be more aware of where our food actually comes from and how it gets to our table. Large and small organizations are popping up all over to educate consumers and eaters (a group we all belong to!) to be more...

A Look at Massachusetts’ New Landmark Animal Welfare Law

A Look at Massachusetts’ New Landmark Animal Welfare Law

By Jean Paul Olmsted This year’s elections have brought severe consternation to many of us.  And some of the appointments to president-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet have raised no small amount of trepidation among animal rights activists.  But, amid the rubble, there...

The Times They Are A Changin’

The Times They Are A Changin’

By Jean Paul Olmsted We live in a world repeat with profound misery.  As Buddha learned, we cannot hide from it; it will find each and everyone one of us.  Suffering, like most things in life, is not distributed equally; some get more than their share and others...

Why This Cross Fit Athlete Only Eats Pastured Raised

Why This Cross Fit Athlete Only Eats Pastured Raised

By Tim O’Connor If you're a beginner with CrossFit, it's almost a certainty that you'll have at least a few sessions with a coach that will introduce you to the fundamentals of weightlifting, specifically Olympic weightlifting.  As my sessions were nearing the end my...

Illinois—From Traditional Family Farms to The Horrors of CAFOs

Illinois—From Traditional Family Farms to The Horrors of CAFOs

By Rachel Wales Remember the days of the idyllic Midwest farms with the typical family working side by side, and animals from chickens to cows grazing in the sunlight of a green pasture? Well, those farms are now few and far between, as concentrated animal feeding...

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