We carry local eggs as well as local, organically raised beef and bison. In our freezer, we have antibiotic and nitrate-free bacon, hot dogs, lunch meat, organic poultry and wild-caught salmon. By purchasing locally raised meat and poultry products, you know that the animals came from a small family farm where the animals were pasture-raised and well cared for. The business of large scale meat production has led to the inhumane treatment of animals, which commonly includes truly awful living conditions and treatment (the debeaking of chickens, for example). Please be a responsible meat eater. To learn more, there is a multitude of information available (some including very graphic film footage). Some reference films include: “Eating” and “Earthlings”. You may be able to find these films at your local library.
Organic certification requires that:
- Organic standards prohibit the use of growth hormones. Many people feel that hormones (used to increase the growth rate of animals or to increase milk production) have not been adequately tested and pose a threat to human health.
- Organic standards prohibit the use of antibiotics. U.S. government regulations permit conventionally raised animals to be regularly fed subtherapeutic levels of antibiotics to promote growth and prevent disease from their overcrowded conditions. Such overuse of antibiotics has been linked to antibiotic resistance in virulent microbes.
- No Irradiation. Organic standards prohibit the use of ionizing radiation to preserve food. U.S. regulations allow irridation (labeled “cold pasteurization”) of both produce and meat.