Here at TRIBALÍ Foods, we believe in 100% transparency of our sourcing methods. With the ever growing concern surrounding farming practices and how animals are raised, we believe it’s incredibly important to provide even more information so our community can make the best educated decisions on what they put on their forks. Here is an inside look at our farming philosophy and how our food goes straight from the pasture to patty.
When it comes to the land, it’s easy to overlook factors like soil, but if you think about it, soil is quite literally the very foundation for organic ranching. When raising healthy animals, it all begins with the land, which is why we work with farmers who are committed to land stewardship. For instance, our cattle ranchers adhere to all of the standards of running a certified organic ranch. They use only natural practices to keep pastures healthy as well as the other natural resources surrounding the farms like the air, soil, water and other wildlife. Healthy soil allows pastures to grow nutrient-dense grass each year, which is the key to keeping the land viable and sustainable for our current generation as well as future generations.
The Farms, Farmers and Their Families
Since we offer a variety of high quality products, we work with a variety of farms and farmers that raise a range of animals including beef, chicken, pork and turkey. Our cattle ranchers operate on farms that are Non-GMO and have been certified organic by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), while our chicken and turkey farmers are proud members of the 5-Step Animal Welfare Ratings Standards Program with Global Animal Partnership. This program encourages higher welfare practices and systems to benefit the animals, farmers, retailers and consumers. We take great pride in knowing these farmers and their families are committed to adhering to strict animal welfare and environmental standards. Even our pork providers work with self-sustaining family farms because they are good stewards of both the animals and land, which is important to us and our community.
Fact: Our chicken and turkey providers have each received the coveted 5+ star rating, the highest rating you can receive from the 5-Step Animal Welfare Ratings System.
It has been said, you are what you eat, but you are also what your food eats, which is why it matters to us what our food is being fed throughout their entire lives. Our chickens are fed a Non-GMO Project Verified Vegetarian Diet, while our turkeys enjoy a proprietary feed that is made from wholesome plants like corn and soy.* This blend is also free from antibiotics, animal-by-products and chemicals. Similarly, our pork is also fed a grain-based diet free of animal-by-products, antibiotics and hormones.
Our cattle graze on certified pastures and have 50,000 acres to roam. Our cattle ranchers adhere to the strict standards of the CCOF and the USDA National Organic Programs, which is why cattle are never fed additives or animal-by-products. Instead, they enjoy an abundance of fresh clover, rye grass and clean, fresh water.
It’s important to note, our beef is 100% grass-fed and grass finished. Unlike conventional cattle and even many organic cattle, our cattle remain on certified organic grassy pastures for their entire lives, never going to feedlots for finishing.
Not sure what’s the difference between grass-fed and grass-finished? Simply put, grass-finished cattle ate nothing but grass and foraged for their entire lives. On the other hand, grass-fed beef may be used to label cattle that started on a diet of grass, but later received supplemental grain or a fully grain-fed diet up until the very end of their lives. As an educated consumer, it’s important to look for beef that is labeled grass-fed and grass finished.
Bottom line: All beef can be referred to as grass-fed since all cattle begin their lives on a diet of grass, but not all cattle finish their lives eating grass, so it’s important to look for grass-fed and grass-finished beef. At TRIBALÍ Foods, we always include100% grass-fed and grass-finished on our labels so there is never any doubt or uncertainty when making your purchase.
Fact: When selecting and shopping for protein sources, look for the label NAE, which stands for “No Antibiotics Ever.”
We believe a healthy lifestyle includes access to fresh air and natural movement, not just for us, but for our food as well, which is why all of our farmers and ranchers allow their animals to roam freely whenever possible. That means our chicken and turkeys are all free-range, while our cattle can roam freely across expansive acreage. Our pork are housed in open pens with deep bedding with room to roam and romp so they can freely frolic and engage in natural behaviors.
When it comes to sourcing our ingredients, we take all of these factors into the highest consideration. The land, farms, farmers, food and lifestyle all impact the animal, the environment and ultimately, the final product, which can subsequently affect us and our family’s health. As the saying goes, “Food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”
Our products are never pre-cooked and instead go from being raw to immediately vacuumed sealed and frozen. By not pre-cooking our products, we are ensuring our foods have more flavor, freshness, moisture and texture, making for a delicious and nutritious meal for us and our families. We’ve done all of the leg work to ensure the highest quality products, so all you have to do is cook, eat and enjoy!
We understand you may not be able to purchase the highest quality protein choices each and every time, hey, we get it, life happens, but when you can, look for labels that includes the following:
Diets and eating trends may come and go, but we believe a diet that takes into consideration the animals, their welfare and the environment, will never go out of style and that is a way of eating and living we hope will inspire you and your families to do the same.
If you would like to learn more about our farmers and providers more, please visit their websites found below: