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Ethical Farming Fund • info@ethicalfarmingfund.org • (412) 353-9744 • Pittsburgh, PA

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Our Standards

Farms must meet the following standards to be recommended by us:

  1. The farm must serve Southwestern Pennsylvania or be located within 100 miles of Pittsburgh.

  2. The farm must sell their products directly to the consumer or through a farm cooperative.

  3. Any product/species recommended by us must be produced only on the farm, not supplemented with product from other sources.

  4. Any product/species recommended by us must be the animal welfare standards below.

(Products/species not listed by us should be considered to either not meet our animal welfare standards or to be supplemented with product from other sources.)

Best:

living outside on pasture,

weather permitting

100% grass-fed, fresh grass

natural weaning

Acceptable:

grass-fed with limited grain,

preferably fermented grain

Unacceptable:

year-round exclusion from pasture

isolation

majority of diet from grain

diet including animal (by-)products

hormones

sub-therapeutic antibiotics

tail-docking (cattle), dehorning

Best:

living outside on pasture for the majority of their lives

shelter available on pasture

organic feed supplemented with

hunting and forage

Acceptable:

layers may be kept in a barn with fresh bedding, fresh air and natural light, ability of birds to express natural behaviors and isolate themselves

Unacceptable:

cages, high stocking densities

lack of engagement, roosts,

or ability of birds to be alone

feed that contains antibiotics,

avian or meat by-products

(hormones are illegal in poultry)

beak-trimming

Best:

living outside on pasture

shelter available on pasture

diet includes hunting and forage

natural weaning

piglets kept with littermates

Acceptable:

indoors with solid floors

clean bedding

engagement that encourages rooting

Unacceptable:

gestation or farrowing stalls

slatted floors

feed that contains antibiotics, or meat by-products

(hormones are illegal in hogs)

nose rings

teeth-trimming or tail-docking

isolation

weaning before 6 weeks

* We may decide to add to, remove or change any of these standards as we acquire more information.

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