How is down harvested?

Answer:

Down is a by-product of geese and ducks that are raised for food. This is similar to leather being a by-product of the beef industry. With goose down and duck down, the value of the down is always much less than the market value of the meat, so farmers do not raise their birds just for the down. All Cuddledown processors have pledged not to buy down obtained through inhumane practices. A mechanical method is most often used to pluck the down from birds that have been killed for the food industry. Collected down and feathers are first washed and dried using a special process that completely sterilizes the material. They are then processed through large sorting machines that use air-flow to separate out the light down from the heavier feathers.

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