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Are growth hormones used in conventional chicken?

Some chicken packages in the meat market say "FDA restricts the use of artificial hormones in poultry" or something along those lines. I tried googling, but didn't seem to find a definite answer. 

There's no such thing as organic chicken within 2 hours of my home. There's free range, antibiotic free, but nothing organic.  When Smart Chicken goes on sale I try to stock up.

Re: Are growth hormones used in conventional chicken?

  • chicken and pork does not contain any growth hormones/steroids by law. That's all chicken and pork- conventional, "natural" or organic. Generally only organic chicken is free of antibiotics.
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  • No hormones are used. And meat can't be labelled "hormone free" as the animal would have its own hormones.

    Plenty of other reasons to stay away from nasty conventional meat, though.

  • Some people find responsible, healthy meat locally.  Perhaps you know someone who knows someone (ask around, ask a local butcher or game butcher) who has a small farm and from whom you can buy whole chickens that were raised responsibly, or you could find such a person using craigslist.  I know it depends a lot on the community, but it could be an option for you.
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  • There is a local farm that sells pork and beef that is hormone/antibiotic free. They still use GMO corn, and the animals are not free-range (although I'm sure they get a lot more room than most farms!) 

    As far as chicken, there is a group of Amish that live 2 hours away. They come to the farmer's market and sell whole chickens. I assume since they are Amish they don't use antibiotics and raise them responsibly. It can always be bad to assume though! 

  • imagelittlemommy1:

    There is a local farm that sells pork and beef that is hormone/antibiotic free. They still use GMO corn, and the animals are not free-range (although I'm sure they get a lot more room than most farms!) 

    As far as chicken, there is a group of Amish that live 2 hours away. They come to the farmer's market and sell whole chickens. I assume since they are Amish they don't use antibiotics and raise them responsibly. It can always be bad to assume though! 

    Amish are notorious for running puppy mills, so I wouldn't trust them to raise chickens any better than dogs.

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  • imageMrsOjoButtons:
    imagelittlemommy1:

    There is a local farm that sells pork and beef that is hormone/antibiotic free. They still use GMO corn, and the animals are not free-range (although I'm sure they get a lot more room than most farms!) 

    As far as chicken, there is a group of Amish that live 2 hours away. They come to the farmer's market and sell whole chickens. I assume since they are Amish they don't use antibiotics and raise them responsibly. It can always be bad to assume though! 

    Amish are notorious for running puppy mills, so I wouldn't trust them to raise chickens any better than dogs.

     

    Really?! I've never heard that, but it makes me very sad! Like I said...it can be bad to assume...as I did! 

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