The government requires that even organic and naturally raised meat must be treated with preservatives, which defeats the purpose of those types of meat. From Rhonda Jones at ourorganicwellness.com:
So what exactly is Miller’s crime?
Slaughtering and processing the meat he raises on his own farm and selling it fresh-frozen to members of his private food buying club, who’ve all signed contracts stating they understand the meat is not processed in USDA-inspected plants, or treated with USDA-required chemical preservatives… because that’s how they want it, and the very reason they are willing to go to such great lengths to get it.
But the USDA thinks his customers are too stupid to think for themselves and need them to come in and protect them from themselves.
You probably don’t know (because I didn’t until Miller told me) that all USDA-licensed processing plants are required to treat ALL meat (even the local, grass-fed, organic variety) with synthetic preservatives.
“Often they use citric acid, which you’d think comes from oranges or lemons, but it’s a modified substance made from corn… and they don’t even have to label it on the meat,” Miller said.
“The USDA processing plants require the meat to be treated with a chemical cocktail of citric acid, lactic acid and peracetic acid,” said a customer who handles Miller’s website and other modern communications (because he’s Amish).
“The peracetic acid is toxic and the citric and lactic are GMO.”