Certified Grassfed by AGW: Beef

Certified Grassfed by AGW Label

Certified Grassfed by AGW Is a Top Pick

The Certified Grassfed by A Greener World (AGW) standard is a top animal welfare label and also requires that animals ate a pasture based, ruminant diet of only grass which provides better animal health (less gut disease) and nutrient quality in the final product. Animals were not confined to feedlots and did not have daily drugs.

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FoodPrint Label Criteria

Animal Feed Quality

Produced without industrial pesticides*
Synthetic fertilizers or sewage sludge prohibited**
Finished on grass
Prohibits animal waste and byproduct
Restricts use of feed supplements
Prohibits GMOs
*Some standards exist, but not as comprehensive as USDA Organic
**Discouraged but not prohibited

Drug Use

Antibiotics only for sick animals or prohibited
Prohibit hormones and other drugs to healthy animals

Environmental and Pasture Quality

Pasture management / rotational grazing plan required
Synthetic fertilizers or sewage sludge prohibited
Grown without industrial pesticides*
Biodiversity required in pasture
Soil health monitored/measured for improvement over time
*Some standards exist, but not as comprehensive as USDA Organic

Animal Welfare and Living Conditions

Prohibits feedlots
Prohibits long term confinement
Prohibits electric prods*
Hygiene and manure management addressed
Pain relief for castration**
Prohibits dehorning
Taildocking prohibited
Standards for animal wellbeing in transport including maximum duration times
Welfare standards for slaughtering addressed
Pasture required throughout grazing/growing season
*Discouraged but can be used as a last resort
**Pain relief is required outside of approved, bloodless methods

Worker Welfare

Standards and protections for workers on farm
Standards and protections for workers in processing plants
Fair/living wages ensured
Health care insurance ensured
Food Label Glossary

For explanations of some of these technical terms, like “rotational grazing” or “sewage sludge fertilizers,” please visit our glossary.

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