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Organic vs. Natural

USDA Organic is a rigorously managed, third-party certified program strictly regulating feed production, animal husbandry and processing materials and methods.USDA Certified Organic Meat
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"Natural Meat"
No Legal Definition.
Read label carefully.
Farm production practices inspected by independent third-party certification agency annually? YES! No
Animals treated humanely? YES! Unknown
All livestock feed certified organic? YES! No
All livestock feed free of rendered animal by-products? YES! Unknown
GMOs, sewage sludge & irradiation prohibited in production? YES! No
Feed produced without toxic pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers? YES! Unknown
Animals raised without antibiotics or synthetic growth or breeding hormones? YES! Unknown
Animals have access to pasture? YES! Unknown
Animals finished on family farms, not factory feedlots? YES! Unknown

Organic certification guarantees many things – the word all-natural does not. If personal health, the environment, and a sustainable future are among your values, look for the USDA certified organic seal.

USDA standards for labeling meat as natural are much less stringent than organic. Natural meat merely means that the meat is minimally processed, without flavorings, coloring, preservatives or synthetic additives. Note that this does not include hormones or antibiotics, which are permitted under USDA regulations, although individual producers may voluntarily choose to forgo use of these as well. The regulations do not address the animal's food or environment – there is no requirement that the animals have access to the outdoors, nor are they forbidden to consume animal byproducts. There is no third-party verification or tracking of natural cattle herds. They can be processed in factory feedlots. Common practices in conventional agriculture include feeding animals plastic pellets for roughage, using feed containing animal byproducts, urea and manure, denying animals access to pasture; and housing them in overcrowded conditions.

Some natural meat producers only restrict hormone and antibiotic use in the 100 to 120 days prior to slaughter.

Organic meat must be certified by the USDA to meet stringent standards. The animals must be born and raised on certified organic pasture and fed only certified organic diet. They can never receive any antibiotics or growth hormones, and they must have unrestricted access to the outdoors. These guidelines are subject to third-party verification and certification must be renewed annually. Organic standards are overseen by the National Organic Program and protected by the Organic Foods Protection Act. The meat is certified organic, but so is the farm where the animals live. Organic practices focus on the natural condition of the animal; animals are naturally vegetarians, thus they are fed organic, vegetarian feed and offered pasture. Organic meat ensures good living conditions and is traceable back to the source.