Where to Buy Organic Pork ?

The rearing of pigs for organic pork production follows the same general guidelines as for organic beef , with a few differences. The pigs are let loose to graze in the open, with free access to sunlight and fresh air, and their housing must have ample space with sufficient dry bedding – usually straw – which must also be organic. Pigs have specific behavioral and physiological traits, so their organic feed has to meet these needs as well as their nutritional requirements by including silage, rough and dry fodder, and sufficient roughage. Every ingredient of the feed has to be certified organic. Natural breeding is encouraged. Most often, production standards require breeding animals to be raised organically for a one-year period or longer if they are to be sold as organic breeding stock. Antibiotics, growth hormones, and other medical drugs are prohibited. Pigs may only be vaccinated only as a last resort, if there is serious danger of infectious disease. Should preventive measures fail, the affected animals are immediately isolated and removed from the organic food chain. The benefits of organic pork include:

Better nutrition

Organic pork has higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids, as well as higher amounts of vitamins and minerals, particularly

  • Vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamins B6 and B12
  • Phosphorous, magnesium, iron, and zinc.

Human health safety

In non-organic pig farming, the animals are regularly dosed with antibiotics, and the pork produced has long-term effects on the humans who ingest it. Dangerous diseases such as MRSA, (an anitibiotic-resistant infection) and swine flu are particularly prevalent around non-organic pig farming communities, and have now spread to the general population. Organic pork contains no antibiotic residues, is less likely to be contaminated with E.coli, and is generally much safer for human consumption.

Due to unhygienic working conditions, workers on non-organic farms are exposed to very high levels of ammonia, and up to 70% develop respiratory illnesses, particularly bronchitis. Organic pig farming prohibits the use of chemicals, and is a safe and healthy working environment.

Humane treatment of animals

Pigs raised for organic pork are not just given free access to pastures and fresh air, they are also allowed to indulge in typical breeding and socializing behaviors, such as creating nests for their young, living in family groups, rooting, and grazing. By choosing organic pork, you are supporting ethical and humane pig farming practices

Ethical farming

Buying organic pork helps you do your bit for the environment. Non-organic pig farms are highly damaging to the environment. For example, animal wastes are stored in large “cesspools” or “lagoons” that often leak into and contaminate groundwater. In organic pig farming, the pig manure acts as a natural fertilizer, enriching the soil.

Buying tips

  • When buying processed pork products such as ham, bacon, and salami, make sure they are indeed organic and only contain natural, vegetable-based nitrate for preservation. Organic processed products and conventional processed products look amazingly alike, so check the packaging carefully.
  • Don’t mistake the labels “natural,” “grass-fed,” “free-range,” and “no hormones” for organic pork. Only the “organic” label guarantees that the meat has been produced in accordance with Organic food standards .
  • Go online to look for organic food coupons, so that you can make the most of discount coupons and special bargains from online producers/manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers.

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