It's all about supply and demand. Purchasing heritage breed products encourages farmers and ranchers to breed more animals to meet demand for their products. Although some animals are consumed, the overall breed population increases when more animals are bred, contributing to the overall stability of breed populations. Unlike wildlife which can reproduce on their own, domesticated livestock rely on their stewards - farmers and ranchers - for the opportunity to reproduce. Help rare breed populations grow by purchasing products like meat, milk, eggs, and fiber from heritage breeds. To locate conservancy members who offer heritage breed products, click here.
Heritage breeds thrive on small and sustainable farms. Thousands of Livestock Conservancy members across North America raise these breeds and serve as their stewards. Many of these farmers rely on income from the sale of heritage breeds and their products to support themselves and their families. Purchasing heritage breed products puts money back into local economies and directly affects the lives of people raising heritage breeds for a living.
Educating yourself about the breeds and the need for heritage breed conservation helps you become an ambassador for The Livestock Conservancy. With over 150 breeds on our Conservation Priority List there is a lot to learn, but your knowledge about the breeds will help you inform others about our critical work. Learn more about each of the breeds by visiting their respective pages on our site and share your knowledge with friends, family, and coworkers.
Many of the breeds on The Livestock Conservancy's Conservation Priority List have been listed on Slow Food's Ark of Taste, which aims to rediscover and catalogue forgotten flavors by documenting excellent food products that are in danger of disappearing. Since the international initiative began in 1996, more than 800 products from over 50 countries have been added to the international Ark of Taste.
The Ark of Taste serves as a resource to those interested in reviving rare breeds and learning about endangered foods, with the goal of encouraging the continued production and consumption of these delicious foods. Ark of Taste nominations in the United States are reviewed by a committee of Slow Food USA members. Nominated foods are reviewed on an on-going basis.
Conserving genetics of heritage livestock and poultry breeds makes sense. These breeds are an important part of our national heritage and represent a unique piece of the earth's bio-diversity. The loss of these breeds would both impoverish agriculture and diminish the human spirit. You can become an ambassador for the Conservancy by helping to spread the word about our mission and the need for rare breed conservation. Click here to learn more about how you can help us spread the word!
An easy way to support the Conservancy is to create your free iGive account. After that, all you need do is shop at any of the 1,700+ online stores in the iGive network through the iGive.com website, newsletters, or install the optional iGive browser Button to make sure you never miss an opportunity to raise money when you shop online. In fact, smart shoppers will enjoy iGive's repository of coupons, free shipping deals, and sales. It’s all automatic, and it's all free of charge.
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