Why is the cost of organic and pasture raised meats higher than grocery store meats?

Depending on the species, the costs of raising a pasture raised animal can be significantly higher. Some species such as poultry eat much less grass than a lamb for example. The cost of certified organic grain and small scale management of livestock is higher than that of an industrial scale produced animals that are grown using a “least cost ration.”

Our costs of chicken is higher as we have to import grains from the Midwest. Grain costs amount to more than half the cost of chicken and poultry

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