USDA Organic: Pork

USDA Organic Label

USDA Organic Is a Top Pick

The organic label has among the strongest standards for environmental sustainability including prohibiting synthetic fertilizers and industrial pesticides.  Animal feed must be 100% organically produced and without animal byproducts or daily drugs. GMOs are prohibited (though testing is not required).

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

*Partial

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

*Partial

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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