Nova Scotia’s Free Range Deception

Free ranging according to the Nova Scotia Turkey Marketing Board looks more like this.  I see neither range, nor freedom, nor abundant space, nor biodiversity, nor natural feed nor water.

Free ranging according to the Nova Scotia Turkey Marketing Board looks more like this. I see neither range, nor freedom, nor abundant space, nor biodiversity, nor natural feed nor water.

If you buy chickens or turkeys at the grocery and they come from Nova Scotia, and you want to be one of those nice people who only buy free range, you should know that NS regs on free range poultry do not ever allow the birds to actually go outside, scratch or feed off the ground, nor drink water from a brook or pond. “Free range” in Nova Scotia just means the birds are raised neck-and-neck in a big barn with windows to let in the air.

The photo below is the NS version of “free range”.

Go ahead, double check it.

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