Organic quality and ethics
Organic or species-appropriate keeping? What does ethics say?
Because love of animals should not end with your own pet, we decided from the very beginning to use meat from organic farming. In this way we can guarantee that the farm animal has also lived in a manner appropriate to its species. So the organic certification of our farm was a first step.
Better than organic – Biokreis
Although the EU Organic Regulation regulates better husbandry conditions than conventional factory farming, it is only a compromise that EU countries have been able to agree on. We have therefore had ourselves certified according to the stricter rules of the producer association “Biokreis e. V.” and are regularly audited by the independent organic control body ABCERT.
Our pesticide-free fruit and vegetables come from controlled organic cultivation, while our meat comes from species-appropriate husbandry or from certified organic suppliers who feed their animals neither growth hormones nor other artificial substances.
Commitment to animal welfare is crucial.
These regulations are a good guideline for us. But of course there are also animal species for which animal welfare cannot be measured by square metres and feeding. This is very clear in the case of game and fish that should grow up in the wild.
In addition, we also know many committed farmers in the field of stable management who value their animals and treat them with respect, but who are not certified organic. Often the conditions are very good, but it is not quite enough to meet the strict organic regulations or investments would have to be made for this, which the farm does not provide. We also support these farmers and obtain animals from species-appropriate husbandry, but without the organic seal.
You can find more on this topic in our blog:
“Food quality” – really a special quality feature?
From our perspective: NO. Because, as with the discounter schnitzel, “food quality” says nothing about the husbandry conditions and, for example, antibiotics. We represent a holistic concept. Therefore we demand and promote a respectful treatment of all animals.
One of our fundamental prerequisites is that:
- Free range or regular natural grazing
- No feeding of antibiotics and growth promoting substances! Because natural growth is a basic requirement for a healthy animal.
- The feed must be 100 percent organic and must not contain any genetically modified organisms.
- From the third orthodox medical intervention onwards, the term “organic animal” may no longer be used. Interventions such as dehorning or docking may only be carried out in case of illness.
- Our game is hunted sustainably from its natural habitat.
- We use muscle meat that is spurned by humans, but loved by our four-legged friends. Thus no animal has died in vain.