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Easy hacks to understand new terms on food labels

August 1, 2017

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Belreigne proteinedieet
August 23, 2017

Isn’t there a more reliable way to inform the customers? I think some of the “hacks” are misleading the people. These days people are looking for accurate descriptions on food labeling

David Austin
August 9, 2017

That was a useless article. But then, I don’t expect much from people who use “hacks” in their writing.

Mike Badger
August 2, 2017

This is not an accurate definition of pasture-raised chicken. The 108 sq. ft. benchmark is only applied to laying hens and it’s not accepted/practiced/believed by an overwhelming number of producers.

A simple-principle based definition would go something like this. Pasture-raised poultry is raised outdoors on grass (green vegetation) with the season, and the birds are moved to fresh, green grass often–typically daily.

The 108 sq. ft. benchmark is only one group’s idea of what it means to be pastured. It creates an incomplete understanding of what pastured poultry is. And worse, by reiterating this artificial space requirement, you confuse the market place even further and you invalidate the farmers who are working on sound principles.

If you want to buy pasture-raised chickens and eggs, skip the stores. Go to a farm. Put your trust in the farmer who is talking to you, not the label.

Robert Wager
August 2, 2017

Wild salmon? Well not quite. You see Alaska Japan and Russia “ranch” five billion salmon each year. These salmon are raised in tanks and then reared in net pens before being released to the wild for the final growout period.

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