In our continuing effort to provide high quality, healthy food, we will begin stocking a small selection of frozen meat. Ultimately our goal is to obtain meat from local producers, and we are making the necessary arrangements. We have obtained a small (very limited) stock from John Wise. Beretta Organic Farms, located north of Toronto can augment our supply for now. Beretta has a great variety and we will expand our offerings through the fall. We should have chicken within a few weeks. Let us know what you'd like to see.

Beretta Organic Farms is a family-operated endeavour committed to providing wholesome meats and produce for people who are concerned not only about what they eat but also about the health and well-being of the planet and the natural world. On our farm we use no chemicals, genetically modified organisms, or artificial fertilizers in our cropping. No antibiotics or growth promoters are used in raising our livestock. (mission statement)

THE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF CERTIFIED ORGANIC MEAT

1)

NO PESTICIDES OR CHEMICAL FERTILIZERS ARE PERMITTED IN THE GROWING OF THE ANIMALS' FEED

2)

THE ANIMALS MUST BE FED FROM CROPS GROWN ON LAND WHICH HAS NOT BEEN SPRAYED FOR A MINIMUM OF THREE YEARS

3)

NO GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS (GMO'S) ARE PERMITTED IN THE ANIMALS' FEED

4)

NO ANTI-BIOTICS OR GROWTH HORMONES (IMPLANTS) ARE PERMITTED

5)

THIRD PARTY VERIFICATION AND INSPECTION ARE REQUIRED BY AN ACCREDITED CERTIFYING BODY

6)

A THOROUGH AUDIT TRAIL IS REQUIRED TO TRACE ALL CERTIFIED ORGANIC PRODUCTS BACK TO THE FARM OF ORIGIN

7)

THE ORGANIC PROCESSOR MUST MAINTAIN AND UPDATE AN ORGANIC PROCESSING AND HANDLING PLAN

8)

THE FARM MUST MONITOR SOIL AND WATER QUALITY AT ALL TIMES

Beretta Organic Farms is certified organic by Organic Crop Producers and Processors (OCPP) and Pro-Cert Canada (OCPRO). Certified organic is not the same as "natural", "antibiotic free", "free-range" and many other of the clever marketing angles used by non-certified producers. For example, claiming a product is "antibiotic free" is misleading. It may only mean "antibiotic free" for a certain time, such as the last 4 weeks before the animal is slaughtered. In contrast, certified organic practices prohibit the use of antibiotics, period. There is no chance they may have been used or are routinely used up to a certain stage of the animals' growth.

Biotechnology is something we are all concerned about. The mainstream use of genetically modified organisms (GMO's) in our food products is worrisome. Certified organic is your only guarantee that absolutely no genetically modified organisms are in it. "Natural" meat does not.

No chemical pesticides or fertilizers are used--ever--in the production of a certified organic product. This is not something that concerns many companies promoting the so-called "natural" foods. Everything in nature is linked, and the feed and the land are as important to the meat as the way the animal is raised.

(from www.berettaorganics.com)