While we have always believed that the way we raise animals is environmentally sound and humane, our partnerships with retail stores and the growth of our company encouraged us to acquire third party certifications. These certifications, while difficult and arduous to attain, have provided us with valuable feedback that our methods are indeed sound. These certifications provide our consumers with peace of mind that our claims are supported by our on-the-ground practices that provide the best land and animal stewardship in the industry.
Global Animal Partnership (GAP): Step 4 Pasture Centered:
The Global Animal Partnership is an organization that facilitates the improvement of animal welfare globally through their 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating Program. Crystal River Meats cattle are raised under the Step 4 guidelines for beef cattle. Step 4 is described as pasture-centered. The full standards can be found at their website: https://www.globalanimalpartnership.org/.
The American Grassfed Association (AGA) has a certification program for grassfed producers that we participate in. AGA certification verifies that animals have eaten grass and forage from weaning to harvest, have not been raised in confinement, have not been fed antibiotics or hormones, and are US born and raised, i.e. “American Grassfed”. In addition to the grassfed certification program, AGA is a great resource for more information about the value of grassfed products. Check out their website for more information (https://www.americangrassfed.org/).
Non-GMO Project Verified:
The Non-GMO Project’s mission is to preserve and build sources of non-GMO products while educating consumers and providing verified non-GMO choices. Crystal River Meats is a verified non-GMO choice! We adhere to all the components of the Non-GMO Project Standard from testing and traceability to labeling and quality assurance. You can find the Standard plus additional information on their website: https://www.nongmoproject.org/.