Why “Certified 100% Organic”?
There are many products available to the beef consumer, some labeled “organic,” some “natural,” others by breed types such as Black Angus, Red Angus, Hereford, Piedmontese, and so forth. We highly recommend that you read the National Organic Program website that describes how products may be labeled; National Organic Program. What you very quickly determine is that “natural” and all of the other wording mean very little. You have to know the ranch, the feedlot, the processor and all of their methods to understand what you are buying. The label “certified 100% organic” however is your best assurance that you are getting the quality you are expecting. We undergo an annual inspection of our ranch, our animals, our records, and the local USDA certified processing facility we use. Everyone in our process chain must be certified organic.
On our certified organic 210 acre ranch in the beautiful mountains of North Idaho, we produce beef cattle in the pre-1940’s traditional manner. Prior to that time, people used the available organic fertilizers and realized that they had to be in harmony with their soil. We use no man-made chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics or growth hormones. You may ask ‘why anyone would use these things?’ The fact is that the use of petrochemicals in agriculture today is the rule rather than the exception. In order to survive in the massive commercial feedlots, animals are pumped full of steroids and antibiotics. Herbicides are used routinely to kill weeds that encroach roads, fields, and out buildings. Pesticides are used to kill field vermin such as voles and moles, as well as to treat fencing materials. To make the soil produce at its maximum rate, regardless of the effect on it’s long-term health, farmers over-till and mix in chemical fertilizers. We will not even discuss the commercial feedlots, where apparently anything goes. Our beef never experience a feedlot.
At the meat processing plants, pesticides are again applied to kill flies prior to processing, and work surfaces are treated with chemicals. Meat is contaminated by other meat being processed on the same equipment. With our certified organic beef, our product is never contaminated. As an example, our processing plant processes our animals only first thing in the morning when all equipment is fully clean, and of course, uses no fly spray. Our meat is processed prior to all other meats to assure there is no contact with any other meat. NO other processing technique can make this claim. Demand "certified organic."
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