Standard Terms: Free Range
NorthWest Farm Review considers “Free-Range” to be as follows:
‘Free-Range’ means that animals are not individually caged, have appropriate room are not confined in a manner to severely limit free movement and have the ability access the outdoors.
Due to confusion often caused by the lack of standards in the US regarding the term “Free Range” the above definition has been done in such a way as to not necessarily conflict with the common use of “Free Range”. NW Farm Review recommends Pasture Raised for the higher quality, but recognizes Free Range as a step in the right direction in terms of food health and animal well being.
The USDA defines the term “Free-Range” as specific to poultry, and that the poultry “has been allowed access to the outdoors”. This definition is only regarding chicken and does not apply to eggs as Free-Range Eggs are not regulated, and must be independently verified. Which is where our Farm Reviews come into play.
- 2011-09-21 Removed “Fully Free Range” term and kept with Pasture Raised. This page is not soley for the generic term of Free Range.