Photo: NPR blog

Photo: NPR blog

Although organic farming techniques provide chickens with access to the outside world, it most certainly isn't as spacious as we have been led to believe. Thousands of hens are packed into hen houses, with only a small porch to share. Although this satisfies the regulations, it is hardly the utopian organic farming we imagine. However, recently new regulations have been set by the USDA.  According to an article on the NPR blog, " farmers must provide at least one square foot of outdoor space for each 2.25 pounds of poultry in their flock". It is thought, that roughly 25% of all organic farms do not currently meet this regulation.  The new rules by the USDA are looking to instill trust in the organic farming community, and improve animal welfare across the country. Check out the complete article on the NPR website