As community concern for the long-term future of agriculture, and the safety of food grows, many tens of thousands of hectares are being converted to organic farming. But it can take years to turn an existing property into an organic farm that conform to government standards. Organically produced meat is a precise term that indicates the animals have been raised on a certified farm which practices environmentally acceptable, strict production techniques. Where the animals are slaughtered off the farm, the abattoir must also be certified.
It is currently difficult to find organic meat due to limited supplies and insufficient consistently good-quality product. However, vacuum-packed organic beef is available from some health food shops. Organic chicken, which is much more readily available is sold by some butchers and most fresh poultry shops.
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