What is Free Range?
When you think of Free Range do you picture animals in a field roaming free, with lots of fresh air and greenery surrounding them?
For years we have believed this to be the case and have paid higher premiums in the believe that Free Range actually meant the above. Sadly, this is not always the case. To achieve FREE RANGE or FREE ROAMING status, producers must demonstrate that the poultry has been allowed access to the outside.
But allowing access doesn’t mean much. A small door in a barn with thousands of chickens technically gives chickens an opportunity to go outside, but that doesn’t mean that they’ll have access to grass (it may only be a concrete slab). Often the space afforded to these chickens is no more than the size of an A4 sheet of paper! Not quite the Free Range you thought? For chickens to produce the most healthy and flavoursome eggs and meat, they need to be able to eat a variety of green plants, seeds and insects.
85% of the Lamb consumed in the UK is brought in from New Zealand: You cannot drive anywhere in the UK (outside of main cities) without coming across a field of sheep! So why do we import 85% of our Lamb from New Zealand when we have so much of it here? Then think, if this Lamb is brought in as Livestock, what about the welfare of those animals travelling over 12,000 miles? If however it’s brought in as slaughtered meat, what about our welfare of consuming meat that has been in transportation for weeks, if not months?