This week on The Farm Report, Erin Fairbanks kicks off another jam-packed show with guest Eric Gustafson, CEO of Coast Packing Company, the number one supplier of animal fat shortenings in the Western United States. Explaining how animal fat shortenings are all about making food taste better, Eric goes on to point out that animal fats need to be part of the diet of health-conscious. Proud to say that none of their products contain potentially toxic artificial trans fats, he shares that his family's business is looking to keep the industry vibrant for the future of not only their company but also their consumers. After the break, Erin is on the line with Steve Rosenberg of The Scenic Hudson Land Trust, of which they discuss the protection of Hudson Valley lands for public enjoyment. Since joining the organization he has led the group in safeguarding thousands of acres of land and has helped create or improve many of Scenic Hudson's numerous parks and preserves along nearly 200 miles of the Hudson River. In addition, the program converts neglected urban waterfront sites into more publicly beneficial uses, preserves productive farmland and protects views from historic sites. Stay tuned for the EscapeMaker segment featuring Ron Samascott from Samascott Orchard.
"The fat we render on the edible side can be used for food, cosmetics, soaps, oleochemical manufacture, biodiesels... there are a wide variety of uses." [7:30]
--Eric Gustafson on The Farm Report