I would like to know what is the difference between meat labeled "no hormones/no antibiotics" and "organic". Thanks!
Not a whole lot. The controls for "organic" tags on things are pretty loose.
In general, "Organic" means that there was no growth hormone or ABX used on the animal, and at least a portion of its diet was "organic" food.
No hormones/no ABX added means the same as above but its food doesn't have to be "organic"
A lot of times, there is no difference at all though. It can mean that whatever producer the meat is from didn't want to apply for organic status, but still raised the animals in the same style. Again, there are very loose regulations, so its hard to say.
"Organic" means that they payed for the certification from a group of people that set the rules on what "organic" means. It holds no weight. It has been co-opted by the government and regulated into nonsense. (Did you know that the FDA has been stuck for 3 years on trying to figure out how much gluten to allow in something and still call it gluten free?)
My recommendation is to go to your Whole Foods customer service desk and ask them about the farms they source from. Whole Foods (as a corporation) cares about giving you good quality food regardless of the mandated labels. I know they have a program (forget the name) that they use to mark good small farms who do organic-like work but can't afford the "organic" label. I.e., they actually are "organic" but can't pay to be certified.
I've also tried farmers markets, but around here (Boulder, CO) the farmers get so many questions from the dirty vegan hippies that when you try to ask them questions about their food they just get snippy and sometimes yell at you for questioning their practices. And the prices are higher than even Whole Foods, so I just get lazy and ignore the farmers markets.
I'm not trying to shill for Whole Foods here, it's just that they do the work for me, and I'll always defer work when I can :)
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