Gibson Farms is located in beautiful Westminster, South Carolina. We are a 3rd generation, all natural USDA Certified Organic Beef farm. Our animals are 100% grass fed and grass finished. No hormones or antibiotics are used in raising our animals, just good grass, water and sunshine as nature intended.

In addition to our Organic Certification, Gibson Farms is proud to be Animal Welfare Approved. The Animal Welfare Approved program audits and certifies family farms raising their animals humanely, outdoors on pasture or range. Farmers who earn the AWA seal benefit from having a third-party verification of their high-welfare practices and consumers benefit by knowing that the humane label means what it says.

Animals are raised outdoors on pasture or range on true family farms with the “most stringent” humane animal welfare standards according to the World Society for the Protection of Animals. Annual audits by experts in the field cover birth to slaughter.

AWA is able to offer this certification and technical and marketing services to farmers at no charge. Because AWA is not financially dependent on farmer fees, the program is unbiased and completely transparent.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

GMO Labeling

A majority of the articles I read from the sustainable farming community are related to the possible dangers of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food.   Most of the GMO products on the market have been genetically modified to be resistant to herbicides such as round up.  Most of the chemicals to kill weeds in our lawns and gardens are non-selective killers; roundup will kill all vegetation including the grass.  Scientist have genetically modified crops like corn and soybeans to be resistant to roundup.  Is it safe?  No one seems to know for sure.  The companies that produce the herbicide have performed the only testing on GMO crops, they say yes it is perfectly safe.  Opponents of GMOs do not believe adequate independent testing has been performed on GMOs to determine if they are safe, or not.  The possible dangers of eating GMO products seem to far outweigh the benefits of the product.  I encourage everyone to do his or her own research.  Both sides seem to be at an impasse.  The companies that produce GMO seeds will not allow their products to be tested by independent labs, and the opposition is adamantly opposed to the product being incorporated into our food supply with out more testing and research.

 The logical solution seems to be let the consumer decide.  The opponents of GMO are asking that all GMO be listed on the label required on our food.  Those companies supporting GMO are opposed to required labeling; their argument against labeling GMOs is that additional labeling will increase the cost of our food.  The companies opposed to GMO labeling felt so strongly about keeping the cost of food down that they spent more than 60 million dollars in the fight to prevent GMO labeling.  What’s that going to do to the price of corn?  This past November, California put the GMO labeling issue on the ballot to let the residents decide weather or not the GMO label was to be required by law.  The notion to require  GMO labeling was defeated, mostly because of the 60 million dollar media campaign opposed to GMO labeling.  I wonder, if this stuff is really safe and no different from organic corn, why are they resisting the testing, why are they opposed to labeling? 

Why am I writing my first blog this year about GMO labeling?  Did you know that more that 90% of the corn grown in this country is of the genetically modified variety ?  Do you know that more than 50% of the corn produced is for animal feed? Do you know that just about every meat product you buy in the mega grocery chains has spent half of their life eating the genetically modified grain?  Why is this something to be concerned about?  The old saying” you are what you eat” applies to the beef you buy. More importantly “you are what you eat, eats”.  If the meat you feed you family has spent half of its life eating GMO feed, is there any danger in consuming the beef?   I really don’t have the answer. More research is required.  I know what I choose, a diet of organic grass fed meats and vegetables, and plenty of exercise.  It is the best health insurance plan you can buy, and until we know for sure the GMOs are safe or not, I refuse to buy them.  

Monday, June 11, 2012

Farm Tour

Many thanks to all that visited Gibson Farms during the Carolina Farm Stewardship Upstate Farm Tour. I met lots of great people, gave many hay ride tours around the farm, and handed out many samples of our grass fed organic beef. I was exhausted after the weekend but felt energized by all of the kind words of support for our sustainable organic farm.

Things that make you wonder.....

During the farm tour I had intended to conduct a blind taste test of our organic grass fed beef verses some conventional cuts of grain fed beef purchased from a local grocery store. I was not able to do the taste test because I sold out of all all of my New York Strip Steaks before I had a chance to pull some for the taste test. I purchased the grain fed cuts of New York strip on Friday before the tour. The package had a sell by date of June 7th, two days after the tour. On Monday June 6th, I was moving things around in the fridge and noticed that the New York Strips that I purchased had turned color, from bright red to almost brown in just two days in the fridge. I opened one of the packages and noticed that the steaks had a rancid smell and realized that the steaks had spoiled over the weekend, even before the "sell by date" on the package. It made me wonder why. I have thawed many packages of Gibson Farms beef in the fridge and have left it in the fridge for a lot longer before cooking and have yet to see a package turn color and spoil . After a little research I think I have found the answer but I would love to hear thoughts and comments and opinions on why the steaks purchased from the store spoiled so quickly.

The weeks ahead

Looking forward to being at the new Filling Station Market in Anderson on Tuesday, June 12.

Clemson Area Farmer's Market every Friday from 3:30 pm till 6:30 PM

Downtown Greenville Market every Saturday from 8am till noon.

Slow Food Earth Market in Greenville every 3rd Thursday of each month from 3pm till 7pm.

Clemson Area Food Exchange and North East Georgia Locally Grown every weekend.

Saturday June 30th and July 1st, Georgia Mountain Farm Tour. Gibson Farms will be featured on the tour on Sunday July 1st.