eco conscious eating

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)

After reading this, you may never think about another piece of supermarket meat the same again. That is our hope here at Healing Gourmet. Why? Because meat from CAFO animals is vastly different from that of animals that are raised as nature intended. And while the animal's welfare is most obvious, your welfare is also at stake. Here's why. The old saying goes, "you are what you eat". But the … [Read more...]

Whole Foods

Whole foods are those that are unprocessed and unrefined, or processed and refined as little as possible before being consumed. As such, whole foods do not contain added ingredients - such as sugar, salt, or fat. Whole foods are not necessarily organic, nor are organic foods necessarily whole, although they do share a number of traits, such as an avoidance of chemically-assisted agricultural … [Read more...]

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Community Supported Agriculture, or CSAs, are a system where consumers support a local farm by paying in advance for agricultural products. The farmer's financial risks are reduced as the costs of seeds and planting crops are covered in advance by consumers. Throughout the growing season, CSA members receive a portion of the farm's harvest each week. Members share the financial risks and the … [Read more...]


Biodynamics is a holistic method of agriculture certified by a third-party agency. It is based on the philosophy that all aspects of the farm should be treated as an interrelated whole. Having emerged as the first non-chemical agricultural movement approximately 20 years before the development of “organic” agriculture, biodynamics has now spread throughout the world. Biodynamic farmers work … [Read more...]

Cage Free

Cage-free birds are just that--raised without cages. Just because a bird is cage-free, doesn’t mean it was pasture-raised, if they had access to outside, or if they were raised indoors in overcrowded conditions. If you are looking to buy eggs, poultry or meat that was raised outdoors, look for a label that says “Pastured” or “Pasture-raised”. … [Read more...]

Pastured; Pasture-Raised

Pastured or Pasture-Raised indicates the animal was raised on a pasture and that it ate grasses and food found in a pasture, rather than being fattened on grain in a feedlot or barn. Pasturing livestock and poultry is a traditional farming technique that allows animals to be raised in a humane, ecologically sustainable manner. This is basically the same as grass-fed, though the term … [Read more...]

No Hormones Administered; No Added Hormones

No Hormones Administered or No Added Hormones means the animals were raised without added growth hormones. By law, hogs and poultry cannot be given any hormones - so the use of the label on these meats is misleading! To ensure that other meats were raised without added hormones, ask your farmer or butcher.  Special Note: Healing Gourmet does not endorse hormone-treated foods.   … [Read more...]

No Antibiotics Administered

No antibiotics administered, raised without antibiotics or antibiotic-free means no antibiotics were administered to the animal during its lifetime. If an animal becomes sick, it will be taken out of the herd and treated but it will not be sold with this label.  Special Note: Healing Gourmet does not endorse antibiotic-treated foods. … [Read more...]


Irradiation is exposure to radiation. Meat is sometimes irradiated to kill micro-organisms and reduce the number of microbes present due to unsanitary practices, but this process alters the nutritional quality and creates new chemicals that can be harmful to the humans who consume the meat. Many believe that there has not been enough testing to know whether irradiated food is safe for … [Read more...]


Heritage foods are derived from rare and endangered breeds of livestock and crops. Animals are purebreds and are a specific breed of animal that is near extinction. Production standards are not required by law, but true heritage farmers use sustainable production methods. This method of production saves animals from extinction and preserves genetic diversity. … [Read more...]

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