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Food Movement Glossary



A term applied to breeds of livestock that were bred over time to be well-adapted to local environmental conditions, withstand disease, and survive in harsh environmental conditions. Heritage breeds generally have slow growth rates and long productive lifespans outdoors, making them well-suited for grazing and pasturing.

Example of Heritage:

Heritage breed chickens do not possess the same characteristics as factory farmed breeds. They can live outdoors in various climatic regions and is known to be a healthier breed as they are raised closer to nature.
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