December 22, 2016

NOFA-NY Certified 100% Grassfed

Highly Meaningful  1 The NOFA-NY Certified 100% Grass Fed label is highly meaningful and verified. It means that the animals used to produce meat and dairy were raised on certified organic farms, and in addition, meat animals must be fed 100% grass or grass-based feed for the entire life of the animal with the exception […]

December 22, 2016

Certified Grassfed by AGW

Highly Meaningful  1 The Certified Grassfed by AGW label is highly meaningful and verified. It means that the animals producing meat or dairy were fed a 100% grass and forage based diet, with no grain. Only producers who are also Animal Welfare Approved certified are eligible for the Certified Grassfed by AGW. We rate Animal […]

December 9, 2016

PCO Certified 100% Grassfed

Highly Meaningful  1 The PCO Certified 100% Grass Fed label is highly meaningful and verified. The label, which can be found on beef and dairy products, means that the animals were fed only grass and forage with no grain. The animals were also raised according to USDA Organic standards, which promote a sustainable system of agriculture. […]

October 17, 2016

American Grassfed

Highly Meaningful  1 The American Grassfed label is highly meaningful and verified. It means that the animals were grass-fed throughout their entire lives (after weaning), with no grain ever. The animals had continuous access to pasture and were not raised in confinement. The standards also prohibit antibiotics, growth hormones, and the intentional feeding of GMOs. […]

March 5, 2018

A “pasture-raised” claim on a milk label: does it add value?

A “Pasture-Raised” Claim on Milk and Other Dairy Foods: Does It Add Value? 1 Dairy cows and green pastures seem to go hand in hand, so a “pasture-raised” claim on a carton of milk might not seem significant. However, it is. That’s because the majority of lactating dairy cows in the U.S. (80.1%) are housed […]

November 16, 2017

What does Antibiotic Free mean?

 “Antibiotic Free” 1 What this claim means The “antibiotic free” claim is not allowed on the label of meat and poultry products, which are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The “antibiotic free” claim is allowed on dairy product labels, like a milk carton, which are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration […]

September 27, 2017

What does Vegetarian Fed mean

 “Vegetarian Fed” 1 The labeling claim “vegetarian fed” means that the animals used to produce the meat, dairy, or eggs were fed a vegetarian diet with no animal products. In the absence of such a label, the Food and Drug Administration allows livestock feed to include slaughterhouse by-products, processed litter from the floor of chicken […]

June 21, 2017

What does Humanely Raised mean?

 “Humanely Raised” 1 What it meansThe claim suggests that animals used to produce the meat, poultry, dairy, or eggs were treated humanely from birth to slaughter, on farms that provide decent living conditions that meet the animals’ needs (e.g., cows are allowed to graze and not confined to a feedlot). However, the government agencies that […]

April 26, 2017

What does “Pasture Raised” mean?

 “Pasture Raised”  1 The vast majority of animals raised for food in the U.S. are not raised on pasture. They are either continually confined indoors or in crowded feedlot for many months. A “pasture raised” claim suggests that the animals were raised on or with access to a pasture. However, government agencies that oversee food […]

April 25, 2017

What does “Free Range” mean?

 “Free Range”  1 Highs Ranging freely outdoors is important for animal welfare In combination with meaningful labels (see below), the claim means the animals were not continually confined indoors Lows On-farm inspection is not required There is no common standard that producers have to meet for eggs and dairy A “free range” claim does not […]