Methods of Production (MOPs)

Agriculture

South African consumers must realize that we need to protect our farmers who grow food sustainably because they believe in safeguarding and improving soil health. Without nutrient dense soil we don’t have nutritious food.

Healthy Soil = Healthy Food = Healthy Humans

It is not only the impoverished in South Africa that are nutrient deficient but also wealthier households who are food secure but nutrient poor. Every South African citizen should have the right to nutritional food security and even the United Nations has stated that subsistence and family owned farms is the solution to the world’s food dilemma.

Note: Most free range and pasture raised farmers are very open about how they raise their animals. If you purchase products from a store that markets itself  as a distributor of organic or sustainably raised foods from  farmers, ask for their written standards for their products. Vegans also take note that fruit and vegetable farmers need to declare their methods of “pest”/wildlife control, either through live trapping or do they kill wildlife such as porcupines?  If they aren’t willing to share these with you, you may want to think twice about buying from them.

Chickens and pigs cannot gain all of their nutritional requirements from grass/plants alone like a ruminant animal can – hence while chickens and pigs have to be supplemented with something else (generally feed, grains etc), that’s why they can only be called free-range or pastured and not grass fed. With rotational grazing chickens can forage about half of their diet.

Please view below links for further information on Farming Methods of Production in South Africa

 

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