Know Your Grass Fed Certified Labels!

In an ideal world, we wouldn't need so many labels because you would personally know and trust the farmer producing your meat. In reality, we tend to be farther removed from our food and there are lots of labels out there that we turn to. So how can you tell which labels are reliable? 

These three grass-fed certifications were featured this week on Rodale's Organic Life.

The American Grassfed Association label requires that animals be raised on grass and forage only; they cannot be confined to feedlots; and they can never be given antibiotics, growth hormones, or animal byproducts. All animals must also be born and raised in the United States. 

The American Grassfed Association label requires that animals be raised on grass and forage only; they cannot be confined to feedlots; and they can never be given antibiotics, growth hormones, or animal byproducts. All animals must also be born and raised in the United States. 

To be certified grassfed by Food Alliance, all livestock must meet or exceed level 3 on Food Alliance’s Whole Farm general sustainability standards, which cover integrated pest management; soil, water, and wildlife conservation; and safe and fair working conditions. All animals must be on range or pasture for their entire lives; they must not be confined to pens or feedlots; they cannot be fed any grain, grain byproducts, or animal protein products; they can never be administered any antibiotics or hormones. 

To be certified grassfed by Food Alliance, all livestock must meet or exceed level 3 on Food Alliance’s Whole Farm general sustainability standards, which cover integrated pest management; soil, water, and wildlife conservation; and safe and fair working conditions. All animals must be on range or pasture for their entire lives; they must not be confined to pens or feedlots; they cannot be fed any grain, grain byproducts, or animal protein products; they can never be administered any antibiotics or hormones. 

To be Certified Grassfed by A Greener World herds must first be certified Animal Welfare Approved, (AWA standards forbid the use of growth hormones or routine antibiotics and also require an annual review of slaughter facilities). Animals must be raised outdoors on pasture for their entire lives and cannot be fed grain, grain byproducts, or any other form of feed concentrate.   

To be Certified Grassfed by A Greener World herds must first be certified Animal Welfare Approved, (AWA standards forbid the use of growth hormones or routine antibiotics and also require an annual review of slaughter facilities). Animals must be raised outdoors on pasture for their entire lives and cannot be fed grain, grain byproducts, or any other form of feed concentrate.