Auch Nutztiere haben ein schönes Leben verdient – dazu gehören unter anderem ausreichend Platz und Bewegung, Beschäftigung, Licht und frische Luft.
The so-called "stocking density" indicates how much space must be available per individual animal in the barn. This is significantly higher in the EU organic label than in the conventional minimum standards. In conventional stables, five large fattening bulls may be kept on an area of 15 square metres - in an organic farm, you will find only three bulls on the same area and even an additional run. This makes a big difference for the animals! Not only can they move around more, in a group of bulls there are always fights. The larger area allows the animals to get out of each other's way and relax.
Broilers are also given much more space in the barn and must have constant access to the open air, where they can be chickens to their heart's content - this includes running around, scratching, pecking and also hiding under bushes. The construction of organic barns should also ensure animal welfare: for example, cattle barns must not only consist of slatted floors, but must have comfortable and dry lying areas, and chicken coops must be equipped with sufficient perches for each animal.