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Organic vs. Conventional Livestock Production: A side-by-side comparison - Organic Trade Association
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Organic vs. Conventional Livestock Production: A side-by-side comparison

 

 

Area of comparison

 

Organic

 

Conventional

 

Type of Feed

Must be 100

percent organic; plastic pellets, urea, and animal waste prohibited as feed for organic livestock.

No specifications

Access to outdoors

Required by law

No specifications

 

Access to pasture

Required by law

No specifications

Use of antibiotics

Prohibited for organic livestock; antibiotics cannot be withheld if their use would prevent undue suffering, but animals treated with antibiotics are removed from the organic herd.

No restrictions on antibiotic use; Overuse of antibiotics in agriculture contributes to creating bacteria resistant to antibiotics

There are over 150 antibiotics approved for use in animals.

Synthetic growth hormones

Prohibited by law

Allowed for routine use to stimulate growth

Medical care

Must be provided

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Animal drug review

Public approval process and mandatory periodic re-review of any drugs and supplements

No public review process and permanent listing.

Strategy for managing illness

Strong reliance on prevention. Living conditions and health care practices standards are regulated.

Strong reliance on treatment as backup

 

Use of added growth hormones

Prohibited by law

Prohibited in poultry and pork

Use of genetic engineering

Prohibited by law

No restrictions

Use of toxic and persistent pesticides

Prohibited by law

No restrictions

 

Use of sewage sludge on fields

Prohibited by law

No restrictions

Federally regulated

Yes

No

Third-party verification/certification by USDA accredited certifiers

Yes

No

Use of irradiation

Prohibited by law

Allowed

 

Source: Organic Trade Association, January 2010

 
 
2014 Annual Fund

Research and Promotion 2012

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