What does beyond Organic mean?



Certified Organic Poultry: The birds are uncaged inside barns or warehouses, and are required to have outdoor access (although there have been concerns about lax enforcement, with some large-scale producers not providing birds meaningful access to the outdoors). They are fed an organic, all-vegetarian diet free of GMOs, antibiotics and pesticides, as required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program. Beak cutting and forced molting through starvation are permitted. Compliance is verified through third-party auditing.

Humanely raised - Generally speaking, producing your livestock and poultry in a set of conditions that allows the animals to be healthy and happy and practice natural behaviors. It also addresses issues of slaughter and transport for slaughter.
Under the Certified Humane program, the birds are uncaged inside barns or warehouses, but may be kept indoors at all times. They must be able to perform natural behaviors such as nesting, perching, and dust bathing. There are requirements for stocking density and number of perches and nesting boxes. Forced molting through starvation is prohibited, but beak cutting is allowed. Compliance is verified through third-party auditing. Certified Humane is a program of Humane Farm Animal Care.

GMOs / GE - Genetically modified organisms / Genetically Engineered substances. 
Recent studies find that GE products do not offer increased yields over conventional crops. When you factor in other costs, GMOs actually can cost more. When you consider the facts that; 1. Many nations will not buy GMO's; 2. Third world nations will not even accept GMOs as food aid; 3. The subsequent fact that this has greatly reduced world-wide demand for US grown grains (as well as all of the products that might contain them), you will find that GMOs have terribly eroded market prices of certain U.S. commodity grains. Overall, farmers have lost economic ground so the supposed economic “advantages” presented by GMOs do not really exist. In addition, nutritional values are frequently altered in a negative way. There are many other physical, environmental, and ecological implications of GMOs including greatly increased usage of toxic herbicides, as well as many unintended conseques, given the terrible lack of precision in gene splicing. In short, GMOs have been shown to be a very substantial risk to human and animal health as well as the future of food. There are also ethical issues given that GMOs are patented and users must pay high premiums to use the seed.

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