Organic VS Free Range

What is the Difference and What am I Really Buying?

STANDARD CONVENTIONAL CHICKEN FREE RANGE CHICKEN INGLEWOOD ORGANIC CHICKEN
CERTIFIED ORGANIC No No Yes
HORMONE FREE (Oestrogen banned in 1960’s) Yes Yes Yes
GROWTH PROMOTANTS BANNED No Growth Promoting Hormones And Antiobiotics Banned Only Yes
ANTIBIOTICS BANNED No Only Allowed By Vet Direction Yes
OTHER DRUGS/MEDICATIONS BANNED (Coccidiostats) No No Yes
WHOLESOME CHICKEN FEED
-Organically Certified No No Yes
-Chemical Fertilisers banned No No Yes
-Chemical Pesticides banned No No Yes
-Chemical Herbicides banned No No Yes
-Genetic modifications banned No No Yes
PROCESSING USES CHLORINATED SPIN CHILLING (some chlorinated water is retained in flesh) Usually Usually Never
PROCESSING USES AIR CHILLING METHODS (dry chilling without submersion in chlorinated bath) No (majority) No (majority) Yes
OUTDOOR FREE RANGE (once chicks are feathered)
-Fresh air and sunshine No Yes Yes
-24 hr/day access to outdoors No No Yes
-Ranging Pastures No Sometimes Yes
UN-NATURAL /ARTIFICIAL LIGHTING BANNED No No Yes
STOCKING DENSITY Crowded Higher Density Than Organic But Lower Than Conventional Uncrowded
INTEGRITY SAFEGUARDS Some Farms RSPCA For Barn Raised But No Government Supervision Monitored By Industry Associations or RSPCA. No Government Supervision Government Controlled & Independently Audited