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Protein Terminology You Need to Know

Now that we’re offering high-quality meats and seafood, you might be scratching your head when it comes to some of the terms commonly seen on protein labels. The truth is that descriptors like free-range, grass-fed, and organic are sometimes pretty loosely defined. We’ve put together this handy guide to help you discover what they really mean and what makes each attribute of quality proteins a little different.


Throughout their entire lives, grass-finished animals solely eat grass and other forage (like plant leaves and stems) and have constant access to graze on pasture.


Grass-fed animals start out eating grass and other forage, but often (not always) are fed grains and other supplemental feed toward the end of their growth in order to gain weight. Producers must receive USDA approval for their meat—often beef—to carry the grass-fed label, but this doesn’t always mean the animal solely had a grass-fed diet its entire life.


This certification indicates that the animal’s diet is free of any genetically-modified ingredients. Their feed (think: grains, corn, soybeans, and/or forage) has not been genetically modified.


Free-range usually pertains to poultry and indicates that the bird had at-will access to the outdoors throughout its life. (Free-roaming access can pose a risk to the animal—such as predators and harsh weather—which is why free-range birds are sometimes priced higher than confined birds.)


Fish and other seafood that have been sourced from its natural habitat—caught directly from a river, lake, or ocean. Wild-caught seafood, especially shellfish (like mussels) and smaller fish (like cod) are proteins that typically have a lower environmental impact, as measured in terms of energy use and emissions.

Responsibly Farmed

Fish with this label are farm-raised using sustainable practices such as catching fish using fine mesh cages, monitoring the water for nutrients and oxygen levels, and more. This helps to promote the long-term sustainability of native ecosystems and local communities.


The animal was fed an organic diet—like organic and non-GMO greens and grains—raised on organic land, and was provided with year-round outdoor access. (For land to be considered organic, it must be free of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers for at least three years.)

Raised Without Antibiotics and Hormones

During its life, the animal never received antibiotics or artificial hormones. This is to fight against antibiotic resistance in both animals and humans. This label most often applies to beef since the USDA prohibits the use of hormones when raising poultry and pork.


Grass-Fed and Grass-Finished: USDA, Animal Welfare Institute, Verde Farms

Non-GMO: Non-GMO Project

Free-Range: USDA

Wild-Caught: Colorado State University, Environmental Defense Fund 

Responsibly farmed: Marine Stewardship Council

Organic: Environmental Working Group

Raised without antibiotics or hormones: NSF International, Consumer Reports

Comments (14)

I want to try this but I’m disabled and on a fixed income. So far I have not seen any prices, it sounds to good to be true

Thank you for your interest in our service, Bonnie! We believe high-quality food should be affordable and accessible to everyone, so everything we offer in our discounted selection is up to 40% off what you would pay at the grocery store.

Just meet our order minimum of $30 and you’re good to go: our flat shipping fee of $5.50 per order stays the same regardless of how much you spend. We hope you will give us a try and see how our service works for you!

Please keep me on your list. I look fwd to being able to participate. I love your concept and want to support your effort and my health. I share your posts broadly.

Thank you for letting us know, Miriam! We’re so happy to have you as part of our community and to be along this journey with you. To stay in the loop with our company, please make sure you’re signed up for our email newsletter found on our website (located at the bottom of the page). We truly appreciate your support! 💛

Our team will be happy to get this sorted out for you, Debbie! The first step would be to have our customer success team take a look, as they’re the only ones who have access to your account information. Please submit a request using our contact form, Once received, our support team will get back to you with next steps as soon as possible!

I liked this until everything got a price tag. Now it doesn’t seem as great and I’m not interested in shopping online. Getting a mystery box was often really great.

Hi, Gabrielle. Thank you for reaching out. The goal with our new shopping experience is to give customers more flexibility to get the affordable, high-quality groceries they want with each Misfits delivery. Select customers now have the complete freedom to build their order from among 200+ types of high-quality snacks, beverages, coffee and tea, oils, and other pantry staples, in addition to our signature fresh, organic produce.

With this system, we’re removing the restrictions of the Mischief/Madness base box, as long as you meet the $30 order minimum (which costs less than a Madness sized box). You can now get multiple portions of produce—or even build a box without any fruits and veggies at all. We hope this helps. Please feel free to reach out to our customer support team using our contact form (

If you have any questions or feedback. Our team would like to know what you think as we are always working to improve our service. Thank you.

It’s just me. Don’t need a lot. So minimum order would b $30 and would b about what size or amount? And order just when I want, not on a schedule?

Great question, Susan! Our customers can choose from among hundreds of grocery items (our signature organic produce among them!) and build your grocery order exactly how you like it, as long as the order reaches the order minimum of $30.For that $30, you can build your box with anything from pantry items (like pasta, canned goods, etc), snacks, drinks, meat and seafood, to any produce you would like. This system allows customers to be flexible, whether shopping for one person or a large family.

To learn more, please visit our FAQs at or our Facebook page at to see photos our customers have shared of their Misfits boxes. We hope you’ll take a moment to check it out and we’d love for you to give us a try anytime.

I also want to know if I have to order weekly? Can I order every other week? I want to give it a try but I don’t want to much where it’s going to waste.

Great question, Melissa! Our free membership is very flexible: we offer the option to skip your order, pause, or build a box whenever you like. Though we do offer weekly and bi-weekly deliveries. Feel free to let us know if you have additional questions, and we hope you will consider joining us sometime soon!

I am trying your service. I live 13 miles to any major town. This will help because I am sure every 2 weeks I will spend minimum, $30 for the two of us. If you do a good job choosing my produce, this can be a great partnership. I will be saving driving time & gas to drive.

We appreciate you giving us a chance, Barbara! Welcome to our Misfits family. 💕😊

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