Poultry consists of chicken, turkey, duck & geese -
*This also goes for labeling on Eggs*
Free-Range: Government certified access to the outdoor. It's not regulated on how much time they actually get to spend outside..maybe only be 3-5 min a day and only access to patch of gravel. Who knows what they are really being fed..my guess would be feed that is loaded with GMO(Genetically Modified Organism) ingredients.
Cage-Free: Usually living in very over crowded buildings - but not in small wire cages. This means they don't get to the see the light of day and eat worms, grubs as they are intended to do in nature. They are probably fed a vegetarian diet...umm news flash chickens aren't vegetarians!
Certified Humane: Do not allow debeaking & over crowding into large barns. You can find out more on this topic via: www.certifiedhumane.org.
Organic Certification: Requires access to outdoors, shade, fresh air, the beautiful sun & 100% Organic Feed (which means no GMO ingredients in their feed)
Pastured: This is not a regulated term, but it typically means the birds are raised outdoors in a coop that is moveable located on grass & fed an all organic diet. Sometimes this diet can consist of organic feeds or fish meal mixed with veggie/fruit compost.
Definitely something to think about the next time you hit the store and start looking at labels and become over whelmed with all the clever marketing terms.
I purchase my whole chickens from Tara Firma Farms in Petaluma they are pastured raised and given organic feed as a supplement. I purchase my eggs either from the farm or Tropical Traditions where the eggs are also pastured raised on an amish farm in Wisconsin and given cocofeed instead of traditional grain feed. Their yolks are bright yellow/orange and loaded with omega 3. It's amazing how the color, taste and consistency of a pastured egg rates to others in the market. Once you go pasture you wont go back..guarantee it. ;)
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