Global Animal Partnership Step 4: Pork

Global Animal Partnership 4 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+.  GAP 4 starts to include pasture based systems and incorporates more robust animal welfare standards than GAP 1 or GAP 2. 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
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
Synthetic fertilizers or sewage sludge prohibited
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****
*Air ventilation is required, but exact standards are not defined
**Discouraged but not prohibited
***Is verified to meet industry baseline requirements
****Encouraged but not comprehensive

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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