Organic Label Value Increased For Food Animals

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There are some very important changes being made to organic labeled meat and dairy products. With respect to ruminant animals such as cattle USDA has adopted a pasture rule which requires that a minimal amount of their food ration comes from grass. This means that these products will be lower in saturated fat and higher in Omega 3 and CLA and that they will also spend increasing time in pasture and will eat less corn which is the leading cause of water quality and soil quality decline in the US. At this point in time the USDA has not quantified the amount of pasture time or grass ration that other organic labeled meat products such as chicken or hogs must consume but it has said that no organic labeled animal can spend it’s entire life in confinement. These developments add real value to the organic label for animal products.

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