Grass fed, pasture raised, organic, free range. When it comes to making conscious choices about how we eat, many of us tend to throw those words around. But do you actually know what they mean? Come to find out, a majority of Americans do not.
A study showed that about 70% of the population doesn’t know what grass fed or pasture raised mean, and about 30% of the population doesn’t actually understand what organic or free range means. Those numbers completely shocked me. With a seeming shift about animal cruelty and food consciousness, those are terms you hear all the time. Here’s what they actually mean.
Grass fed: This means animals eat nothing but their mother’s milk and fresh grass or grass-type hay from birth to harvest.
Pasture raised: This means animals receive a significant portion of its nutrition from organically managed pasture and stored dried forages. They may also receive supplemental organic grains.
Organic: This means animals are fed certified organic feed, that doesn’t contain antibiotics or added growth hormones. They also must have outdoor access and be raised on certified organic land.
Free range: This means the animal is uncaged and free to walk around. They also must have outdoor access.
So there you have it. Now the big question is, how did you fair? Did you know what they mean already or was some of this new?
The more you know!