Our Naturally Raised Meat Standard

Our minimum standard includes no hormones, no ionophores and no therapeutic or sub-therapeutic (non-disease treating) use of antibiotics are allowed. Non-genetically modified (non-GMO) feed is always preferred. Cows must have access pasture and chickens and other poultry are required to have access to the outdoors and ample space to express natural behaviors while they are inside. We support the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP), and allow all meat products that are certified organic to be a part of our Naturally Raised Standard. In accordance with the NOP, a product that is certified organic must adhere to strict standards that include non-GMO feed, access to the outdoors at a minimum and no hormones or antibiotics.

Natural Grocers is committed to the providing only the highest standard of animal protein to our customers. We encourage that the grasses and forage are non-GMO. We also provide every store with poultry that meets our stringent Naturally Raised Standard and we have found a producer that uses non-GMO grains to feed the chickens and turkeys. All of our pork products meet our minimum standard for Naturally Raised and we continue to encourage them to seek non-GMO feed sources for their animals.

What Do All These Label Claims Mean?

Below are some of the natural claims one may observe in the marketplace: (Note- some of them do not meet our Naturally Raised Standard and will not be found in our stores.)

Meat-Standards_Dale-cow-DylanUSDA Natural (Minimally Processed)

This claim provides no oversight on the raising practices of the animal, it merely assures us that the meat itself is not injected with any unnatural products, such as phosphates or chemicals. This label does not meet Natural Grocers Naturally Raised Standard.

USDA Naturally Raised

After many years, the USDA did provide a standard for naturally raised meats. This standard does not allow hormones or therapeutic antibiotics but does allow for the use of sub therapeutic antibiotics (specifically ionophores). This label does not meet Natural Grocers Naturally Raised Standard.

Natural Grocers Naturally Raised Minimum Standard

No hormones ever, no antibiotics ever, no animal byproducts ever; Adheres to animal welfare standards; Non- GMO preferred and encouraged.

Grass Fed/Pasture Raised

Natural Grocers Naturally Raised Standard plus full access to the outdoors and access to pasture and forage, our preferred standard.

USDA Certified Organic

Produced in accordance with the USDA’s National Organic Program. No hormones, no antibiotics, no animal by-products in the feed and organic non- GMO feed.

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