The Simple Grocer only sources products from folks that are like minded. They allow their animals to act naturally and instinctually. Farm animals are fed a high quality diet, free of animal by-products that mimics what they would naturally eat.
Farm animals that are fed diets that include animal by-products are harmful in many ways. Animal by-products are defined by the USDA as products harvested or manufactured from livestock other than muscle meat. These could include but are not limited to fat, flesh, blood, milk, eggs, and so on. For animals that are natural herbivores, this is not only unnecessary, it is unnatural. Allowing the animals space to graze is a natural behavior and nutrition source. It is also better for the environment in the long run, as it is better for the land, the air, and the water. In addition to animal by-product, popular standards that have increased over the last decades include adding antibiotics and hormones to the farm animal’s diet. This is proven to cause antibiotic resistance in people, as well as early onset of puberty in our youth.
An educated consumer is an empowered consumer. The first step is awareness, and the second is action. Raising a farm animal humanely has a direct impact on your health and the health of the environment. Respecting the laws of nature heals our bodies and protects the future of our planet. That’s why The Simple Grocer believes kindness is the best and most impactful way to make a difference.
"I want to leave a positive mark on global agriculture. I want to see environmentally destructive factory farming come to an end. I want to see antibiotics, especially prophylactic antibiotic use, come to an end - preferably before a major outbreak of antibiotic resistance caused by livestock. I want to see a future that's regenerative, where manure is an asset and not a liability. Where we're building soil organic matter, producing a nutrient dense chicken, and giving animals a high level of welfare that we can be proud of and transparent to."
-Farmer Paul from Pasture Bird