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December 14, 2019 - Philly Voice

'Organic' label doesn't guarantee that holiday ham was a happy pig

'Organic' label doesn't guarantee that holiday ham was a happy pig
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This holiday season, Americans will buy some 20 million turkeys and 300 million pounds of ham.

Some of these turkeys and hams will be certified organic, reflecting the common belief that organically raised animals live happier, more natural lives. The reality, though, is more complicated. Government regulations for organic farming contain few specific protections for pigs, poultry, egg-laying hens and other animals raised for human consumption. So conditions on organic farms may not actually be all that different from those at traditional livestock operations.

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