The U.S. Department of Agriculture is asking consumers to think again about their farm food habits.
It wants to hear your feedback on whether organic food is a good choice for consumers.
The USDA is asking its farmers to use more organic feed as a way to cut emissions from their livestock, and it wants farmers to take steps to help their plants grow faster, the USDA said in a notice released Thursday.
While the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other organizations have urged farmers to avoid conventional meat, the U,S.
government is asking for more information on whether the animal products are organic, which means that their carbon footprint isn’t as high.
“The USDA recognizes that organic meat is important to farmers and consumers, and that it is critical that farmers and their stakeholders understand and make a decision about whether to consume organic products,” the notice says.
Organic livestock is often labeled as “fertilizer free” by the USDA, but the agency says that is not necessarily true.
Organic livestock, for example, contains far more antibiotics and hormones than conventional animals.
Farmers and consumers are also expected to weigh the benefits and risks of using organic feed.