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FDA Approves “Prison Yard” Access for Hens | Animal Legal Defense Fund

Life or Lunch?

harvest-home-hen-article-image2I am often asked by friends how they can choose products that support responsible agriculture. The most common question I get is whether “USDA organic” products are better for animal welfare. I have always answered that no, organic is meaningless when it comes to how animals are treated on farms. Turns out, I am wrong.

According to the USDA’s National Organic Program, to be granted the seal of “USDA organic,” farmers must provide for the “health and natural behavior of animals”, including

“year-round access for all animals to the outdoors, shade, shelter, exercise areas, fresh air, clean water for drinking, and direct sunlight, suitable to the species, its stage of life, the climate, and the environment.”

This is definitely an improvement over typical non-organic factory farms, where farmers can house and treat their animals however the farmer prefers. However, USDA has not clarified what this outdoor access for organic farm…

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