American Grassfed Association: Pork

American Grassfed Association Label

This label 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.  All products are certified to come from animals raised in the United States.

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FoodPrint Label Criteria

Animal Feed Quality

Produced without industrial pesticides*
Synthetic fertilizers or sewage sludge prohibited**
Access to pasture or forage area
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
Synthetic fertilizers or sewage sludge prohibited*
Grown without industrial pesticides**
Biodiversity required in pasture
Soil health monitored/measured for improvement over time
*Discouraged but not prohibited
**Some standards exist, but not as comprehensive as USDA Organic

Animal Welfare and Living Conditions

Indoor space requirements*
Prohibits long term confinement
Standards for indoor ammonia levels
Hygiene and manure management addressed
Teeth filing and clipping prohibited
Taildocking prohibited
Bedding required for indoor housing
Prohibits slatted flooring in indoor housing
Gestation crates prohibited
Farrowing crates prohibited
Standards for animal wellbeing in transport including maximum duration times
Welfare standards for slaughtering addressed
Pasture required throughout grazing/growing season
*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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