That animal was not given any antibiotics during its lifetime
birds are raised without cages - ALTHOUGH it doesn’t specify whether the birds were raised outdoors or if they were raised indoors in overcrowded conditions.
farmers and workers have received a fair wage and worked in acceptable conditions
“The label can be used as long as the producers allow the birds access to the outdoors so that they can engage in natural behaviors. It does not necessarily mean that the products are cruelty-free or antibiotic-free, or that the animals spent the majority of their time outdoors. Claims are defined by the USDA, but are not verified by third-party inspectors. ” (IIN)
GMO-FREE, NON-GMO, OR NO GMOS
not genetically modified
Animals raised on grain ( check for 100% vegetarian diet to ensure they weren’t fed any animal by-products
animals fed grass (natural diet) instead of grain/animal byproducts/synthetic hormones and sometimes antibiotics. look for grass fed AND grass finished (not fed grain before slaughter)
must be low in saturated fat, and only small amounts of cholesterol and sodium. Some must also contain 10% of either vitamins A or C, iron, calcium, protein, or fiber.
“A “heritage” label describes a rare and endangered breed of livestock or crops. Heritage breeds are traditional livestock that were raised by farmers in the past, before industrial agriculture drastically reduced breed variety. These animals are prized for their rich taste, and they usually contain a higher fat content than commercial breeds. Production standards are not required by law, but true heritage farmers use sustainable production methods. This method of production saves animals from extinction and preserves genetic diversity. ” (IIN)
(i.e. no added hormones) animals raised without added growth hormones (hogs and poultry cannot be given hormones by law
no standards for any food except meat and poultry. These products (meat and poultry) have to undergo minimal processing, no artificial colors/flavors/ preservatives, etc.
Food isn’t exposed to radiation
a traditional farming technique where animals are raised on a pasture where they can graze on grass and other plants. Very humane. (similar to grass fed except pasture raised indicates that the animals were raised outdoors)
“All organic agricultural farms and products must meet the following guidelines (verified by a USDA- approved independent agency):
Abstain from the application of prohibited materials (including synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and sewage sludge) for three years prior to certification and then continually throughout their organic license.
Prohibit the use of genetically modified organisms and irradiation.
Refrain from antibiotic and hormone use in animals.
Sustain animals on 100% organic feed.
Avoid contamination during the processing of organic products.
Keep records of all operations.
If a product contains the “USDA Organic” seal, it means that 95 to 100% of its ingredients are organic. Products with 70 to 95% organic ingredients can still advertise “organic ingredients” on the front of the package, and products with less than 70% organic ingredients can identify them on the side panel. Organic foods prohibit the use of hydrogenation and trans fats. ” (IIN)
RBGH-FREE OR RBST-FREE
RBGH is a growth hormone that artificially increases the milk production in cows. RGBH has not been properly tested and is not allowed in the European Union, Canada and some other countries.
SOURCES: Institute of Integrative Nutrition, http://sustainabletable.org
We took this photo when we visited Opening Day of Pig Adventure at Fair Oaks Farms, a pig breeding and dairy operation that confines and forcibly impregnates 36,000 cows and 2700 sows. They make big bucks having their factory farm double as a theme park, selling exploitation as “The Miracle of Life.” You take tours, then head to restaurant for a Bacon and Swiss Grilled Cheese. We heard how much they love and respect animals. I have never seen so much misery and suffering.“ — Ashley Capps