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What you need to know about organic meat?

Organic meat is becoming more in demand for shoppers at your local supermarket but it sure is expensive. Why is that? The truth is that there are strict guidelines that must be followed in order to get the “certified organic” label on meat.

Getting organic status begins from the inspection of the farm and animals and continues to the processing and distribution of the organic meat. Unless the meat sold in US supermarkets has the USDA organic label on the package, it’s not considered organic.

Getting It Right

When the owner of a cattle ranch decides to go organic, the process takes three years to accomplish. First, the land that the livestock graze upon must build up its fertility, which is known as the conversion stage. It needs to have time to get rid f all the herbicides and pesticides that were used on it before. Then, once it becomes fully organic, then additional guidelines are set in place to assure the livestock are raised properly.

The feed or grass that is grown for the livestock must be 100% certified organic with no pesticides or fertilizers used. Even the fence posts have to be untreated with pesticides in order to meet organic guidelines. The feed must also be free of animal by-products. And the livestock must be able to roam freely, since their wellbeing is a priority.

Machinery used on the farm must be cleaned regularly. Livestock are regularly checked to make sure they are healthy. If any of the livestock develop a condition which requires antibiotics, the organic status is lost.

What you need to know about organic meat?

It’s clear to see that following these guidelines is an expensive proposition for most farmers. One of the major reasons is that farms are inspected yearly to ensure they are keeping within the organic status guidelines. Employing the staff necessary to make sure the guidelines are followed can lead to heavy labor costs.

Of course, when it comes to judging whether organic meat is worth the extra money, the big one is taste. It’s the one noticeable difference you’ll find in meat that’s grown organically. And it doesn’t matter how much care is taken when raising the livestock; if it doesn’t taste good, people will not spend the extra money to buy it.