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Don’t be misled by “Natural” labelinglearn about the big differences between organic and “natural” meat.

As pioneers of organic meat, we take pride in going above and beyond the USDA Organic standards. Learn what separates American Farmers Network from the rest.

Organic Certification

American Farmers Network guarantees the organic integrity of our products in accordance with the USDA’s National Organic Program. Production practices are documented by frequent on-farm inspections, supported by an audited paper trail, from the farm through every distribution step.

All American Farmers Network farms are certified organic by Colorado Department of Agriculture. In addition to third-party audits, American Farmers Network staff visits farms regularly.

What does it mean to be USDA Certified Organic?

In 2002, USDA regulations went into effect governing the labeling of foods produced using organic agriculture. Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods that integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.

Farmers can’t give organic livestock antibiotics or growth hormones, and they must feed their animals 100% organic (non-GMO) feed. Organic farmers must also give their livestock access to the outdoors and ample time on quality pasture, which results in meat with higher levels of health-protecting omega-3 fatty acids. Organic farming methods are based on building and improving the soil, promoting biodiversity, and protecting our natural resources. It stands to reason that healthier ecosystems, higher quality soil and clean water will produce healthier plants, which in turn support healthier animals, humans, and a healthier planet.

The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) defines organic as follows:

Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled "organic," a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food and animals are grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.

Food products that contain 95-100% certified organic ingredients may use the USDA Organic seal.

The USDA regulations guarantee:

  • Reflect National Organic Standards Board recommendations regarding which substances used in production and processing are allowed or prohibited.
  • Prohibit the use of irradiation, sewage sludge, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in organic production.
  • Prohibit antibiotic and synthetic hormone use in organic meat and poultry.
  • Require 100% organic feed for organic livestock.

What do national standards mean for consumers?

For consumers who want to minimize personal exposure to toxins and support humane and sustainable agricultural practices, the organic labeling laws are extremely important. Today, all agricultural products labeled “organic” have been verified by an accredited certification agency as meeting or exceeding USDA standards for organic production.

American Farmers Network Definition of Organic

While we uphold the USDA rules as the foundation of the organic industry, American Farmers Network production standards go above and beyond government regulations. Our company defines organic as a philosophy and system of production that mirrors the natural laws of living organisms with emphasis on the interdependence of all life. This definition reflects our deep convictions in our role as stewards of the earth. With the wisdom of generations, we, the farmers American Farmers Network partners with, care for the health of the land, the animals, and people who eat the food we produce. We recognize the interdependency of all life and the value of sustainability, which results in the highest quality and purest meats possible.