Organic, GMO-free, grass-fed, pastured - what do all these words mean? The health food industry is famous for having terminology that changes meaning frequently.
Here at BlossomPure, we strive to ensure that everyone understands what our products are defined as.
"Grass-fed" : This new and hotly contested term usually means animals are eating grass. However, they can be supplemented with grains and/or 'finished' on grain. Even the upcoming 'certified grass-fed' Ontario standard stipulate animals only need to have a 75% grass diet.
What it means for us: When we say 100% grass-fed: our beef and lamb are out on pasture spring/summer/fall. They eat only grass, no dried grains. In the winter, when they prefer to be in a barn (with open access to the outdoors) they are fed hayledge, which is dried grass.
"Pastured" or "Pasture Raised": (not to be confused with the word 'pasteurized') A traditional and sustainable agriculture method in which animals raised outdoors on pasture, with shelter provided in the winter months.
What it means for us: We believe animals should have a healthy and natural life. Cows and lambs are ruminants, meant to graze on in fields and meadows. Hen's eggs are at their most delicious when they are permitted to eat their natural omnivorous diet of insects, plants, and worms.
"GMO": A GMO, or genetically modified organism, is a plant, animal, microorganism or other organism whose genetic makeup has been modified in a laboratory using genetic engineering or transgenic technology such as gene splicing. This creates combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and virus genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.
Selective breeding (such as kale being bred from the mustard family) and hybridization (cross-pollinating two types of tomatoes) are not GMOs. Read more here.
What it means for us: We believe everyone, from farmers to consumers, deserve to make an informed choice. We believe in long-term, non-biased studies. As such, we only partner with farmers who do not feed their animals GMO feed or graze their beef and lamb on pastures that have GMOs. We also ensure all products in the store are either certified organic with the Non-GMO label
"Free Range" Animals raised indoors with regular and meaningful access to the outdoors.
"Free Run": Animals, usually chickens, raised indoors without being caged/kept in a stall.
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