Organic beef is produced by farmers who believe in the use of renewable
resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations.
As of October 21, 2002, producers and handlers of organic beef with a revenue
intake of five thousand dollars or more must be certified by a USDA-accredited
certifying agent to sell, label, or represent their products as "100 percent organic,"
"organic," or "made with organic ingredients ."
Farmers with a gross intake of under $5000 form organic sales are exempt
form being cerified but they still must comply with National Organic
Program regarding production and handling and also the labelling
Organic beef products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or
growth hormones. Organic beef feed is grown without using most
conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation.
Before meat can be labeled "organic," a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the beef is grown to make sure the rancher is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic beef before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.
Many assume that the word natural and organic are the same thing but that
assumption is wrong. Other claims such as free-range, hormone-free and
natural can still be used along with organic food and non organic food but
to be true organic beef, it must be labeled organic and certified by USDA
If cattle are sold as organic, they must be maintained in an organically managed
operation from the last third of gestation or pregnacy to the present time.
Animals removed form the organic farm and raising non-organically, then brought
back to the organic operatiion cannot be sold as organic.
Regarding treatment for sickness, beef raised oganically can be treated with
homeopathic means as long as the treatment doesn't include any prohibited
Is all organic beef fed a diet of organic vegetation only? Not necesarily.
The National Organic Standards states that no mammalian or poultry slaughter
by-products may be fed to organic cattle there is no restriction against fish
So there are some of the main points and requirements that govern organic beef
if you would like to study a little more deeply, The complete scope of the standards
are available at the National Organic Program's website is at