Organic meat standards are set by the National Organic Program and regulated by the USDA. While the standards are prolific, here are the main requirements of the program:
- Animals grown for organic meat must be raised on certified organic pastures.
- The animals must be fed only organic feeds for their entire lives, including only milk with no substitutes until weaned.
- Drugs, antibiotics and growth hormones are prohibited in every situation,
- Access to the outdoors is required year-round.
- Feed must not contain any genetically modified grains, persistent pesticides or chemical fertilizers, animal by-products or antibiotics.
- Slaughterhouses where organic meat is processed must also be USDA inspected and certified organic.
Material excerpt from “Decoding our Food Supply”, Grit Magazine, December 2014