Ecological Outcome Verification: Dairy

land to market ecological outcome verified seal in blue for 2021

The Ecological Outcome Verification label, a part of the Land to Market program by the Savory Institute, is designed to indicate whether a ranch, farm or livestock operation is managing their lands in accordance with principles of holistic management, a system designed to increase soil health and biodiversity on pasture.

Requires Verification/Inspection

FoodPrint Label Criteria

Animal Feed Quality

Produced without industrial pesticides
Synthetic fertilizers or sewage sludge prohibited
All grassfed
Prohibits animal waste and byproduct
Restricts 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 accounting or modeling of carbon emissions and sequestration

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

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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