Certified Naturally Grown: Pork

Certified Naturally Grown Label

This label was started by farmers who did not want to go through USDA organic certification requirements.  The label generally follows the USDA organic standards but the verification is done by CNG farmers instead of independent certifiers.

Requires Verification/Inspection

FoodPrint Label Criteria

Animal Feed Quality

Produced without industrial pesticides
Produced without synthetic fertilizer or sewage sludge fertilizers
Access to pasture or forage area*
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
Grown without synthetic or sewage sludge fertilizers
Grown without industrial pesticides
Biodiversity required in pasture
Soil health monitored/measured for improvement over time

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


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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