01. Is your halal meat slaughtered on the farm or in a USDA facility?
02. Why are your prices higher than regular halal meat we buy at the supermarket?
03. Why should I eat grass-fed meat?
04. How is your chicken is raised?
05. Why does it matter if pesticides are used?
06. Can you elaborate on hormone treatments and its effects in animals?
All of our meat is slaughtered and processed in a USDA slaughterhouse. Beef and chicken are slaughtered at seperate facilities. For the beef slaughter, we are the only farm at the slaughterhouse the day we process and we use our own equipment, including grinder parts, knives and buckets. As soon as the meal.t is processed, we put them in vaccum sealed bags. We do this to ensure no cross contamination of any other meat.
We do not use petroleum based fertilizers, antibiotics, cheap GMO feeds, large feed lot fattening pens, or factory line slaughter plants, all of which are used to reduce the price of conventional meat. Finding and working with our suppliers, as well as making sure the whole process beginning to end, meets our standards takes tremendous ongoing time and effort. Our meat is the result of human scale artisanal methods, not an industrial process. So our prices may be higher, but the cost to you and your family’s health and the environment is much lower. We believe it’s worth the tradeoff.
For some really good information on the benefits of eating grass fed meats, read this article by Dr. Mercola: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/07/06/grass-fed-beef.aspx
Our chicken is raised by farmers who care about the welfare of the animal. We ensure that our chickens live a according to its natural ways. Our chickens are
* USDA certified organic
* Given no antibiotics or hormones
* Raised on pasture, cage free, and given organic, non-GMO grains
* Hand slaughtered
* Air chilled for optimal taste
Children and fetuses are most vulnerable to pesticide exposure due to their less-developed immune systems and because their bodies and brains are still developing. Exposure at an early age can cause developmental delays, behavioral disorders, and motor dysfunction. Pregnant women are more vulnerable due to their hyper-metabolic state. Plus pesticides can be passed from mother to child in the womb, as well as through breast milk. Some exposures can cause delayed effects on the nervous system, even years after the initial exposure. Most of us have an accumulated build-up of pesticide exposure in our bodies due to numerous years of exposure. This chemical “body burden” as it is medically known could lead to health issues such as headaches, birth defects, and added strain on weakened immune systems.
At Halal Pastures, we pride ourselves on sourcing our meat from farmers who do not use chemical pesticides on their grass and many of them are ceritifed organic famers.
To boost profits, some farmers give hormones to beef cattle and sheep to speed their growth and to dairy cows to increase milk production. The USDA does not allow hormones to be used on chickens. The extensive use of hormones (rBHG-free) in meat and dairy may increase the risk of cancer in humans and result in higher rates of infection in animals. Products labeled “organic” cannot come from rGBH-treated cows. There is no specific hormone-free certification, though organic and grass-fed labels do not allow hormone use.
You can purchase these items either at our farm at 180 Twin Arch Road, Rock Tavern, NY or at the farm stands from Norwich Meadows Farms, located at Norwich, NY, Union Square, NYC or Thompskins Square, NYC.
Our beef and chicken is USDA certified organic.
We are certified Halal by Halal Advocates and you can see our certificate here http://www.halalpastures.com/halal-certificate/ . All of the meat and poultry we sell on our cite is halal and is hand slaughtered by one of team members who are all muslims. Please visit our halal page www.halalpastures.com/halal to learn more about what halal means.
The chicken, beef and lamb are sourced from local family farms that we inspect, and trust to follow our animal raising methods.
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It is hard to get exact weights on various cuts of meat, which is why our packages are +/- .03- to.50 in weights. We strive to give you more than what you paid for. However, if you have received less, then please let us know and we will give you store credit for the extra amount you paid.
We do not offer refunds on our products. We do offer store credit in certain circumstances. For more information on when store credit applies please email us at email@example.com