You can eat meat and avoid factory farming

Blackwood valley beef croppedIf you avoid meat because you don’t want to support factory farming, chose certified organic instead.

Factory farming is prohibited on certified organic farms.

Certified organic animals are free ranging, grass fed, grown without synthetic hormones and antibiotics. The animals are cared for in a way that respects their natural behaviours.

This approach doesn’t stop when the animal leaves the farm.

They must be transported to strict requirements and processed at a certified organic abattoir which is audited every year. Certified organic animals must be kept in their social groups up until slaughter and killed out of line of sight of other animals.

The meat must also be processed according to the certified organic rules – for pork this means no synthetic nitrates and for chicken, no bleaching.

We can promise this because businesses that use the Australian Certified Organic logo are audited each year.

Garrys meats3 ways to buy truly organic meat

1. Buy from a certified organic retailer

Find a store near you by checking the where to buy page on our website which lists some retailers.

If you are buying in a store the logo should be displayed on the tag/ticket on the meat tray or on the meat packet if it has been wrapped.

A certified organic store with a shop front will openly display their certification certificate or certification logo. An online store is most likely to show just the logo.  The presence of the certification logo or certificate in accredited stores means that they are annually audited and comply with the Australian Certified Organic Standard.

2. Buy packaged meat

Real organic packaged meat will display a government approved certification logo like Australian Certified Organic. Some of the readily available brands include Arcadian Organic & Natural Meat Co., Inglewood Farms and Macro Organic.

3. Ask your butcher/retailer

If you’re not buying from a certified organic retailer or buying packaged meat, but the retailer claims that the meat in front of you is organic, they should be able to present you with proof.

They should be able to tell you where the meat is from and that it has been sourced from a certified organic farmer. If it is truly certified organic they will have a copy of a certification certificate from the producer or processor. Ask to see this.

If you want to be sure what you’re buying is really organic, don’t just rely on the words ‘organic’ – look for a government approved certification logo like Australian Certified Organic.

Certified organic meat did-you-knows

The rule book we audit to is the Australian Certified Organic Standard. To make it easier for you here’s some of the bits that relate to farming animals.

  • Raising organic meat is far more than just making sure animals are free ranging and grass fed. It’s also about not using synthetic growth hormones, limiting vaccine use and not using routine antibiotics.
  • Organic farmers have to use natural breeding methods.
  • Organic farmers have to practice stress free weaning, allowing for the ethological needs of mothers and young.
  • Animals must have access at all times to unfiltered sunlight.
  • Animals must be fed on organic pastures and feed, that means it’s also non GM.
  • Farmers cannot use electric prodders as a routine management method.
  • Certified organic meat products must be processed at a certified organic abattoir.
  • The certified organic abattoirs must keep animals in their social groups, provide comfortable holding pens with feed, water and bedding.
  • Certified organic abattoirs cannot kill animals in the line of sight of other animals and they must render animals unconscious before they’re killed.
  • Live export is not permitted under organic standards.
  • Farms and abattoirs are routinely and randomly audited each year to make sure they comply with organic standards. Meat products are also tested.

So by buying certified organic meat you’re saying you care about how animals are raised and you’re rewarding farmers who treat animals humanely.

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