Products & Producers


The Iowa Food Cooperative hosts over 150 producers who offer more than 1000+ products. Please check out a sampling below of what is currently available:


Product Standards & Food Practices:

 

The popularity of IFC products is, in part, due to the fact that many of our producers practice non-traditional methods of production. To promote consistency and clarity of meaning, the IFC has adopted a list of acceptable terminology to be used by our producers for the purpose of describing these practices. Consumers can shop the IFC with confidence knowing that the terms used by our producers to describe their practices are consistent with the definitions listed below.

 

Cage Free

Flock was able to freely roam a building, room, or enclosed area with unlimited access to food and fresh water during their production cycle.

 

Chemical-free

Produce raised without the use of sprays or purchased chemical fertilizer.

 

Free Range or Free Roaming

Flock was provided shelter in a building, room, or area with unlimited access to food, fresh water, and continuous access to the outdoors during their production cycle.

[USDA]

 

Genetically Modified Food

Foods produced from genetically modified organisms. These species have undergone directed modification of their genes using such techniques as altering DNA, substituting genetic material by means of a virus, transplanting whole nuclei, transplanting cell hybrids, etc.

[USDA]

 

An organism that has been genetically altered through the transfer of DNA from another organism, resulting in expressions of new characteristics in the recipient.

[UC Davis Extension]

 

Grass Fed Livestock

“Grass and forage shall be the feed source consumed for the lifetime of the ruminant animal, with the exception of milk consumed prior to weaning. The diet shall be derived solely from forage consisting of grass (annual and perennial), forbs (e.g. Legumes, Brassica), browse, or cereal grain crops in the vegetative (pre-grain) state. Animals cannot be fed grain or grain byproducts (starch and protein sources) and must have continuous access to pasture during the growing season.”

[USDA]

 

For grassfed non-ruminants, including pigs and poultry, grass is a significant part of their diets but not the entirety of their diets, since these animals need to consume grain.

[americangrassfed.org]

 

 

Integrated Pest Management

Keeps pest population at an acceptable level with minimal use of pesticides. This practice combines information on the life cycle of pests with available pest control methods to manage pest damage by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property and the environment.

[EPA]

 

Natural

Meat, poultry, and egg products labeled as “natural” must be minimally processed and contain no artificial ingredients.

[USDA]

 

No Hormones (pork and poultry)

Hormones are not allowed in raising hogs or poultry. Therefore the claim “no hormones added” cannot be used on the labels of pork or poultry unless it is followed by the statement: “Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones”

[USDA]

 

No Hormones (beef)

The term “no hormones administered” can be used by the producer showing no hormones have been used in raising the animals.

[USDA]

 

No Antibiotics (red meat and poultry)

The terms “no antibiotics added” can be used for meat and poultry products if animals have been raised without antibiotics.

[USDA]

 

Organic Food

For crops: organic seal verifies that irradiation, sewage sludge, synthetic fertilizers, prohibited pesticides, and genetically modified organisms were not used.

For livestock: organic seal verifies that producers met animal health and welfare standards, did not use antibiotics or growth hormones, used 100% organic feed, and provided animals with access to the outdoors.

For multip-ingredient foods: organic seal verifies that the product has 95% or more certified organic content.

[USDA]

 


  1. I just wanted to let you know that I watched Food, Inc. (finally!) last night and am so inspired to change our eating habits in my own family…planning to become part of the co-op soon! I also plan to share with others. I am a DJ on a local radio station and have already made two mentions today :)

  2. Rachel –

    Thanks for the comment. Nice. Sorry for not replying sooner. Inspiration can come from many places, but the trick is to act and change, which means doing things differently. Our way of buying food is different, but once you make the change, it become easy and is fun, plus your family will be healthier, as will the planet. Anyway, we’ve got a trial membership option that you can use if you want to shop for six months before deciding to join. Just choose the trial membership option in the Membership Type section of our online application form (http://iowafood.coop/shop/members/member_form.php).