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Factory farming is the system of raising animals using 'intensive production' line methods that maximise the amount of meat produced while minimising costs. It is characterised by close confinement in barren and unnatural conditions and involves massive environmental pollution and health risks for both animals and humans. In Australia as in other countries this is our conventional means of raising pigs, chickens and producing eggs.
  • Look for eggs labelled 'free-range'; next choose 'barn-laid' over regular 'cage' (battery) eggs. Egg labels guide
  • Look for smallgoods labelled 'Free-Range'. Choose 'accredited free range' where possible. (Please note: 'Bred free range' can be misleading - piglets are weaned at about 4 weeks and raised indoors in eco shelters.) PROOF
  • Look for 'Organic' or 'Free-Range' chicken and pork. (In order to achieve organic certification, chicken and pigs farmed organically must be free-range.) Sustainable Table
  • For information on the factory farming of chickens in Australia, see the Voiceless report 'From Nest to Nugget', 2008. From Nest to Nugget
Features: Free-range, Hormone free
Best choice meat - Grazed free range on Gippsland farms; Healthy, well fed livestock managed to minimise stress; Grown without artificial hormones or antibiotics; actively protecting biodiversity and water quality; management and protection of soil health and organic matter, EMS certified farm.
Manufacturer: Enviromeat
Features: Rare-breed, Free-range
Championing the preservation of rare breeds of domestic farm livestock such as the Wessex Saddleback pig, Shropshire sheep and Silver-Grey Dorking poultry - breeds on the verge of extinction. Producers of fully accredited free range hams (as opposed to "bred free range").
Manufacturer: Fernleigh Free Range
Features: Free-range
Considered best practice - members who achieve Humane Choice certification can display the Certified Free Range Logo. See where to buy where to buy
Features: Free-range
Brings free range meat from farm directly to your family. Delivery available for Sydney and surrounding suburbs.
Manufacturer: The Free Range Butcher
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