When you’re at the grocery store it’s so frustrating trying to figure out what everything means on the labels of the food, such as poultry, meat, eggs & dairy. Well here is a little helpful breakdown of some that I found awhile back. Hope it helps!
Organic: Products with this classification meet the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s guidelines, which forbid the use of antibiotics & growth hormones in meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products and guarantee without conventional pesticides.
Natural: Meat, poultry, and eggs produced with minimal processing & contain no articifial ingredients. For all other products, this term is unregulated & can freely slap on labels.
GMO-free: GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. That means the genetic makeup has been artificially altered, usually with a mutation that helps withstand blight (plant disease, one caused by fungi such as mildews, rusts, and smuts). Organic foods are, by definition, GMO-free.
Cage-free Animals: Livestock & poultry that freely roam an enclosed area with unlimited access to food and fresh water during th production cycle. Animals are raised humanely, following ethical standards, to produce “sustainable” meat. It often means less disease!
Free-range: Livestock & poultry with unlimited access to the outdoors, food, fresh water in the production cycle.
Grass-fed: Animals that received most of their nutrients from grass. This label alone doesn’t limit the use of antibiotics, hormones or pesticides though.
No Added Hormones: This is important only for beef & dairy products, as federal regulations prohibit hormones in poultry & pork.