Regenerative Organic Certified Gold: Chicken

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Regenerative Organic Certified Gold Is a Top Pick

This label is an add-on to the USDA Organic label with additional stipulations for environmental quality, animal welfare and worker welfare. Farms with the ROC Gold certification must manage 100 percent of all farmland in accordance with the ROC standards and earn 100 percent of their revenue from products that meet the standards. ROC Gold contains additional stipulations around environmental monitoring and worker welfare compared to the Bronze and Silver certifications.

Requires Verification/Inspection

FoodPrint Label Criteria

Animal Feed Quality

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

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
Requires emissions modeling/accounting

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
Pasture required throughout grazing/growing season
Requires perches
Dust bathing opportunities
*With case-by-case exceptions for facilities with more than 1,000 animals that can demonstrate animals have full pasture access

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
*Operations that cannot pay a living wage must communicate why they cannot and have a plan in place to progress to paying a living wage
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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