Organic Crop Improvement Association, (OCIA)
Maritime Certified Organic Growers (MCOG)
The standards include such items as:
These standards are monitored by a yearly independent inspection and peer review.
Certified organic farmers make a commitment to follow these standards which are beneficial to the health of the consumer, the environment and the economy of local communities.
What are "grassfed" animal products?
Most of the meat, poultry, dairy products, and eggs available in your grocery store come from animals that were raised in large confinement facilities where they were fed grain-based diets and treated with a variety of drugs. By contrast, "grassfed" products come from animals that were raised on high-quality pasture on small family farms. The animals were not treated with hormones, feed antibiotics, or other unnecessary drugs, so their products are healthy, wholesome, and natural in every sense of the word.
Why choose grassfed products?
Raising animals on pasture is better for the animals, the farmers, and the environment. Just as important, grassfed products are better for your health. They are lower in total fat and calories but richer in "good" fats such as omega-3 fatty acids, the cancer-fighting fat, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), and key antioxidants, including vitamins E and beta carotene.
When you switch from grainfed to grassfed animal products you instantly create a more nutritious, wholesome diet. First of all, you eliminate a lot of "bad" fat from your diet. When cattle are raised on pasture, their meat is naturally very lean. For example, a sirloin steak from a grassfed steer has about one half to one third the amount of fat as a similar cut from a grainfed steer. In fact, grassfed meat has about the same amount of fat as skinless chicken or wild deer or elk.1 When meat is this lean, it actually lowers your LDL cholesterol levels. Because grassfed meat is so lean, it is also lower in calories. A 6-ounce steak from a grass-finished steer has almost 100 fewer calories than a 6-ounce steak from a grainfed steer
Although grassfed meat is low in "bad" fat (including saturated fat), it gives you from two to six times more of a type of "good" fat called "omega-3 fatty acids." Omega-3 fatty acids play a vital role in every cell and system in your body. People who have ample amounts of omega-3s in their diet are less likely to have high blood pressure, an irregular heartbeat and are 50% less likely to have a serious heart attack. They will be less likely to be afflicted with depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder, (hyperactivity), or Alzheimer's disease and may be at less risk for getting cancer.
The meat and milk from grassfed ruminants are the richest known source of another type of good fat called "conjugated linoleic acid" or CLA. When ruminants are raised on fresh pasture alone, their milk and meat contain as much as five times more CLA than products from animals fed conventional diets. CLA may be one of our most potent defenses against cancer.
In addition to being higher in omega-3s and CLA, meat from grassfed animals is higher in vitamin E. In humans, vitamin E is linked with a lower risk of heart disease and cancer. This potent antioxidant may also have anti-aging properties.
Exerpted from www.eatwild.com the home page for Jo Robinson's new book, "Why Grassfed is Best".