Global Animal Partnership Step 5+: Chicken

Global Animal Partnership 5 Plus Label

The GAP label program offers 6 levels of certification primarily for animal welfare. Animals are also not fed drugs on a routine basis at all levels. There is a big difference between GAP 1 and GAP 5+ levels. GAP 5 and 5+ require full time pasture access and robust animal welfare practices. At this time the only retailer featuring this label is Whole Foods Market.

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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)
*Encouraged but not systematic

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)
Welfare standards for slaughtering addressed
Requires perches
Dust bathing opportunities
*Encouraged but not required

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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