The term 'organic' is a legally defined term. In contrast, there are no legal definitions for the terms 'free-range,' 'cage-free,' 'pasture-fed,' etc. Anyone selling organic poultry products needs to be certified as organic through a third party certifier.
Organic certification process (University of Kentucky)
Organic farming in Kentucky - A survey (University of Kentucky)
Scientific findings about organic agriculture - poultry (Leopold Center for sustainable agriculture, Iowa State University)
Video recording of the September 2007 tri-state Organic Poultry Production seminar
Photo tour of a Swiss organic poultry farm - Jim Riddle
Organic poultry - Eggs (Maritime Certified Organic Growers)
Organic poultry - Meat birds (Maritime Certified Organic Growers)
Organic meat & poultry processing basics (Minnesota Department of Agriculture)
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