One of the requirements for meat being certified organic is that, where possible, the animals are raised in a humane manner.
But if you’re buying organic chicken expecting that bird to have been raised humanely, you are sorely mistaken.
In the Center for Food Safety’s recently released whitepaper, the agency slams the United States Dept of Agriculture for stalling animal welfare requirements for poultry.
USDA claims that it is doing so because it would be too expensive for organic poultry suppliers to comply with the standard. We’ve heard THAT one before, haven’t we?
According to CFS, the REAL problem is that the big organic poultry companies don’t want to comply, so if the USDA enforces the humane standard, they will quit the organic game.
As Joel Salatin, owner of Polyface Farms in Virginia (an organic farmer), said: “People have a soul; animals don’t. Unlike us, animals are not created in God’s image.” I guess that makes it OK to treat animals cruelly.
And since the USDA is convinced that humans want to see the word ORGANIC on their food more than they want to know animals were treated humanely, they bow to the pressure of big business. Again.
Never mind the small chicken farmers ARE complying and HAVE BEEN.
So what’s a savvy consumer like you to do?
Look for notation on the packaging that the birds were humanely raised.
Or don’t eat meat at all.