Thursday, February 16, 2012

Organic Chicken at Whole Foods Only $1.99 per Pound on Friday - Plus What Does it Mean to Be Organic?

Visit your local Whole Foods Market this Friday, February 17th, and get organic whole chickens for only $1.99 per pound!

Wondering what the label "organic chicken" entails?  In order to be certified organic, chicken farms must follow a strict set of guidelines and also must be inspected each year by a third-party certification body to ensure compliance with those standards. These standards include:
  • The chickens must be raised organically no later than two days after they hatch.
  • They must be fed certified organic feed for their entire lives. Organic feed cannot contain animal by-products, antibiotics or genetically engineered grains and cannot be grown using persistent pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
  • It is prohibited to give drugs, antibiotics and hormones to organic birds (please note: federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in raising poultry).
  • All birds must have outdoor access.
Plus, all of the chickens sold at Whole Foods Market are rated using the Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Rating program!

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