Belcampo Butchery

Product offeringsRetail cuts
Market areaCalifornia, resturants
LocationYreka, CA
Specialty labelsCertified Humane, 100% grass fed
Participated in Survey?No
Total Score280

This brand did not participate in Cornucopia’s survey. Belcampo was recently implicated (May, 2021) in sourcing fraud in their Santa Monica, CA location (taking lower quality meat and telling consumers that is meat is farm-to-table when it might not be). It’s unclear if their other locations were perpetuating similar fraud. Cornucopia will be watching this story as it unfolds.

They say: “Belcampo was founded with a purpose: to create meat that’s good for people, planet and animals. What started as one mom’s desire to feed her family the healthiest meat possible became a mission to revolutionize the industry from the inside out.

In 2012, the 27K acres that would become Belcampo Farm was purchased. In the years since, we’ve expanded to include our own FDA-approved processing facility, full-service butcher shops, and restaurants serving authentic farm-to-table dining experiences. All this, so that we can own the supply chain and offer our customers total transparency from start to finish.”

TOTAL (possible score is 1100) 280
Farms that participated in Cornucopia’s research providing full transparency receive the most points.
Transparency and Disclosure
20Did not participate; investigation was able to confirm some information
Family farms and farmer cooperatives that market their own beef receive the most points. Corporations that do not directly produce any beef receive the fewest points.
Ownership History
40Brand sources meat from multiple suppliers, sourcing suspect
Beef sourced from a single operation receives the most points. Beef of unclear origins and/or with poor oversight receives the fewest points.
Beef Supply
20Brand supplied by multiple farms in CA, with some indications there might be meat sourced from overseas
Farms that are 100% certified organic receive the most points, farms/brands that are split conventional and organic receive fewer points.
Commitment to Organics
0Unknown commitment to organic label
This category is non-scoring and provided for information purposes.
Organic Certifier
Animal Welfare Approved, Real Organic Project, and Biodynamic certifications receive the most bonus points. Producers are not penalized for not having additional certifications beyond organic.
Other Labels and Standards
60Certified Humane
100% grass-fed and finished or cattle finished with site-grown supplement receives the most points. Cattle finished exclusively in a feedlot receive the fewest points.
Beef Finishing
40Did not participate, but likely finished on pasture, 100% grass fed
Points are awarded for quantity of time cattle are on pasture above and beyond what the USDA requires, and for the quality and care of the pasture.
Pasture and Grazing Management
30Did not participate on survey; evidence shows rotational grazing and good pasture care
Brands that closely monitor and manage for health of soil, native species, and water quality receive the most points.
Environmental Stewardship
0Investigation shows some environmental stewardship taking place on source farms, but unclear how much meat is coming from those farms
Cattle finished on pasture or on feed that is grown on-farm or procured locally receive the most points. Feed of unknown origin, or known to be imported, receives the fewest points.
Feed Sourcing
30At least some feed produced on-site of supplier farms in CA; some meat may be from overseas with unknown supply
Lower cull and death rates recieve more points.
Cull and Death Rates
More points are given for greater frequency of contact and close management with cattle and closed herds.
40Multiple ranches supply this brand's beef; unknown oversight of suppliers
Brands may receive extra credit for above and beyond transparency, or special practices not otherwise covered in the scorecard (see description for an explanation).
Extra credit