Why choose Organic Prairie?
Ten Good Reasons
We take pride in producing delicious organic meats according to strict production practices that meet or exceed the National Organic Standards. We practice the highest standards of humane animal husbandry and offer a complete line of organic beef, pork, chicken and turkey.
Organic foods are known and appreciated for their superior taste and quality, but there are many additional reasons to “go organic.” Health, community, and environment are primary reasons that people choose organic foods.
Our 7-Step Safety Net ensures that the meat we deliver to you is the safest and healthiest available anywhere!
1. Our organic meats are brought to you by family farms—not factories. The upshot? Healthier animals, healthier people—a happier planet.
2. Our organic meats are produced without the use of synthetic hormones, antibiotics or persistent pesticides—that ’s what makes them organic!
3. Our animals graze in organic pastures, eat organic vegetarian feeds, and they ’re finished on family farms, not crowded, concrete feedlots.
4. Annual inspections ensure that our farms, feed, and facilities meet—or exceed—all certification standards. We ’re your trusted source for organic meat!
5. To ensure your safety, all Organic Prairie meat is tested for bacteria before it leaves our processing facilities.
6. We maintain meticulous records on every animal we raise, ensuring traceability from our farms to your front door.
7. As the farmer-owners of our co-op, we proudly uphold the highest safety and quality standards in the industry!
Our cooperative defines organic as a philosophy and system of production that mirrors the natural laws of living organisms with emphasis on the interdependence of all life.
This definition reflects our deep convictions in our role as stewards of the earth. With the wisdom of generations, Organic Prairie farmers care for the health of the land, the animals, and people who eat their food. We recognize the interdependency of all life and the value of sustainability, which results in the highest quality and purest foods possible.
Although Organic Prairie’s production standards go above and beyond government regulations, we uphold the USDA rules as the foundation of the organic industry.
Organic Standards and the USDA Organic Seal
On October 21, 2002, USDA regulations went into effect governing the labeling of foods produced using organic agriculture. Food products that contain 95-100% certified organic ingredients may use the USDA Organic seal.
As promised by the USDA, the regulations:
What do national standards mean for consumers?
For consumers who want to minimize personal exposure to toxins and support humane and sustainable agricultural practices, the organic labeling laws are extremely important. Today, all agricultural products labeled “organic” have been verified by an accredited certification agency as meeting or exceeding USDA standards for organic production.
Ask Organic Prairie producer Ron Rosmann how pasture-based farming works, and he’ll tell you, “It has to do with the whole farm system.” Describing his own northwest Iowa farm, he says, “How the livestock interact with crops and rotation, and diversity—it all fits together so well.”
Large-scale confinement farms may currently dominate U.S. meat production, but a growing number of farmers—including those in the Organic Prairie cooperative—are finding pasture-based farming to be a better path. There are many reasons to choose pasturing; it can mean healthier livestock, more nutritious food products, profitable family farms, and sustainable land stewardship. But perhaps the biggest reason of all is the way these benefits are interconnected. Raising animals on pasture promotes sustainable land use and leads to healthier livestock, which results in more nutritious, safer foods, and more profitable farms, which keeps the whole process sustainable. This is a food and farming system that simply makes sense.
To learn more about the benefits of raising animals on pasture, read Ron Rosmann’s essay, The Grass Is Greener: Why Pasture-Based Farming Makes Us Happy.
Organic vs. Natural
Organic Prairie’s commitment to continual improvement in sustainable organic production has led us to meet and exceed the National Organic Standards. Take a look at key points of differentiation between USDA Organic, “Natural” and conventionally raised meat on our USDA Organic Comparison Chart. If personal health, the environment, and a sustainable future are among your values, look for the USDA organic seal on the foods you purchase.
About Our Cooperative
Organic Prairie meats are produced by our independent cooperative of organic family farms.
We are pioneers of the organic meat industry. We began producing our delicious meats—without the use of antibiotics, synthetic hormones, or pesticides—back in 1996. We insisted on third-party organic meat certification long before federal organic standards were established. We were the first in the industry to ban animal by-products from our cattle’s diet. And we played a vital role in shaping federal organic meat certification standards—the strictest in the industry.
Organic Prairie farmers are committed to providing your family with the healthiest, most wholesome meat, raised humanely in accordance with organic principles and practices—respecting the dignity and interdependence of human, animal, plant, soil and global life.
We know that meat produced organically is the safest, best choice for our families, and we’re proud to make it available for yours to enjoy!
To learn more about our cooperative, please visit www.organicvalley.coop.