Animals have always played an important role in agriculture. Not only do they provide us with food, but they also help to recycle nutrients and add to soil fertility. However in recent decades the farming of animals has become increasingly separated from its natural existence on the land. Instead many commercial farms today raise their livestock in what resembles factories instead of farms.
Studies have shown that free range or grass fed animals often produce a meat with less overall fat and more omega-3 than those that were raised on factory farms. This is true because you are not getting all the hormones added into the animal for it to become fatter quicker and be able to live in such small areas with massive amounts of other animals and not get sick.Find Out More on Agrilicious!
Over the years, sadly, the way we raise animals meant for consumption has been changing. To increase production, adjustments have been made to the natural diets of livestock.Read More
No Antibiotics: Industrial meat companies often add antibiotics to animals’ food to prevent disease caused by cramped and unsanitary conditions, a practice that is raising concern about the emergence of antibiotic-resistant illnesses in people.
No Hormones: Industrial meat companies use hormones to promote growth and milk production in cattle. The USDA regulates the label “no hormones administered” on beef, and federal law does not allow hormones in raising hogs and poultry.Learn More about No Antibiotics & No Hormones
Free-Range/Free-Roaming: The USDA definition of these interchangeable terms, "producers must demonstrate to the Agency that the poultry has been allowed access to the outside," applies only to poultry meat (not egg-laying hens) and suggests that the animals were raised in an unconfined environment.
However, the USDA’s requirement is somewhat vague and does not include any minimum amount of time for outdoor access. “Free-range” labels on beef, pork, and eggs are not regulated.Learn More about Free-Range/Free-Roaming
Certified Humane: The Certified Humane Raised & Handled Label is a consumer certification and labeling program. When you see the Certified Humane Raised & Handled label it means that an egg, dairy, meat or poultry product has been produced with the welfare of the farm animal in mind.Learn More about Certified Humane