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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
Industry body representing producers. Ensure that standards for genuine free range production would be set and the consumer would have a way of recognising a genuine product. Follow link to see standards and licensees. Look for FREPA logo.
Manufacturer: FREPA
Features: Free-range
This Association is the Victorian accrediting affiliate to the National Free Range Egg and Poultry Association of Australia Inc (above). See website for accredited farms.
Manufacturer: FRFAIncVic
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