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#1 Tue 27 Nov 12 3:10pm

Ashrr

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Free Range?

Hello, I wondered how important people think free range meat is? Does it concern you in terms of flavour as much as ethics?

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#2 Tue 27 Nov 12 4:50pm

oliviascotland

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Re: Free Range?

I feel that free range meat, allowed to live the life nature intended it to live with all the benefits to the animal and to the environment that ensue, is imperative for us all to eat.  I firmly believe that it is better for the animal, for taste, for nutrition, for health and for the planet as a whole.  I am lucky, and buy my meat directly from a local farmer, and so I know the provenance of each animal.

I also think that we should not confuse "organic" with free-range, pastured animals.

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#3 Tue 27 Nov 12 5:17pm

Ashrr

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Re: Free Range?

YAY! glad to hear that, I'm exactly the same, I work for a company called Roaming Roosters who specialise in free range meats and having always had my meat from them I wondered what other people thought, so glad that you agree. For me it is purely down to taste, there is no comparison. Its funny how we seem to be looking to our past to be able to have a better future, if that makes sense.

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#4 Tue 27 Nov 12 9:16pm

mummza

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Re: Free Range?

free range meat usually has a better colour as well .
I buy it when I can for my family.

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#5 Wed 28 Nov 12 9:49am

hippytea

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Re: Free Range?

Me too, I think it's really important.

Mummza, organic also implies free-range - the organic standards require the animals be kept free-range under high welfare standards. Check out: http://www.soilassociation.org/whatisor … nicanimals

I only found this out recently. I'm not totally sold on organic for everything, but I will now be much more likely to buy organic labelled meat, for this reason alone.

Of course, that only applies in the UK. I have no idea what "organic" means elsewhere.

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