What does it mean? “Pastured” is a farming term that applies to land animals from which we source food. Dairy, eggs and meat (including pork) sourced from animals that have actually been “pasture raised” or “100% grass fed” or “free range” (not to be confused with cage free, which means nothing) generally have higher levels of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids than foods from conventionally raised animals, because their own requirements for nutrients, sun and exercise are being met. Pastured animals are also less likely to have been injected with steroids, hormones or antibiotics. It’s the meat your great-grandmother used to eat.
BUT, there are no regulations for these labels, so it’s best to know your source. Most companies that sell pastured products are proud to tell you all about their farming practices on their websites. And isn’t your health worth taking a few minutes to look?