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
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.