Demeter Certified Biodynamic: Chicken

Demeter Certified Biodynamic Label

Demeter Certified Biodynamic Is a Top Pick

The biodynamic label is an environmental sustainability label that goes even beyond organic standards. It would be a top pick if it were more widely available. It also has basic animal welfare standards.

Requires Verification/Inspection

FoodPrint Label Criteria

Animal Feed Quality

Produced without industrial pesticides
Synthetic fertilizers or sewage sludge prohibited
Prohibit animal waste and byproduct
Restricted use of feed supplements
GMOs prohibited

Drug Use

Antibiotics only administered to sick animals or prohibited
Prohibit hormones and other routine 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 (soil biome, carbon sequestration, etc)*
*Some assessment of soil health is required, but is not comprehensive

Animal Welfare and Living Conditions

Breed health requirements
Minimum indoor space requirements
Natural light required
Standards for indoor ammonia levels*
Outdoor access required
Pasture access required
Hygiene and manure management addressed
Physical alterations prohibited (debeaking, etc)
Standards for animal wellbeing in transport including maximum duration times**
Welfare standards for slaughtering addressed***
Requires perches
Dust bathing opportunities
*Air ventilation is required, but exact standards are not defined
**Some standards exist, but not as comprehensive as Animal Welfare Approved
***Is verified to meet industry baseline requirements

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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