First pink slime removal, and now this. McDonald’s really seems to be on the right track for getting their sustainability reputation in a better place.
The fast food empire is partnering with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to require all pork suppliers to get rid of gestation pens in their facilities. Gestation pens are tiny crates used to store pregnant sows, barely larger than the animal’s body.
“McDonald’s believes gestation stalls are not a sustainable production system for the future. There are alternatives that we think are better for the welfare of sows,” said Dan Gorsky, senior vice president of McDonald’s North America Supply Chain Management in a statement. “McDonald’s wants to see the end of sow confinement in gestation stalls in our supply chain. We are beginning an assessment with our U.S. suppliers to determine how to build on the work already underway to reach that goal.”
There’s no timeline set for when the decision will be finalized, but once suppliers provide plans for the removal of gestation pens, a report will be compiled and released to the public.
There’s no doubt that when a huge worldwide company like McDonald’s makes a decision like this, other companies will begin to follow suit, especially when it becomes public knowledge and consumers get a grasp of what goes into the production of their fast food.
Many of us could easily go on all day about the other problems associated with McDonald’s, but it’s nice to see they are starting to care about what goes into their products, even if much of it may be loaded with enough fat to turn the entire planet into a well-greased, non-stick surface.