Chicken and eggs carry a variety of claims in the grocery store, from free-range to organic to no-antibiotics to natural (see References 1). These labels can be confusing when you're looking for a healthier product. Free-range poultry can offer health and other benefits, but you'll need to look beyond the label to determine whether the poultry comes from a source you trust.
On the Farm or In the Backyard
- U.S. Department of Agriculture: Meat and Poultry Labeling Terms
- Animal Welfare Approved: What Do Food Labels Really Mean?
- Penn State University; "Pasture-ized Poultry"; Joanna Lott; May 2003
- ATTRA -- National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service; "Alternative Poultry Production Systems and Outdoor Access; Anne Fanatico; 2006