Boulder school district purchases hormone-, antitbiotic-free meat.

The district worked with local producers to purchase beef and chicken for use in school meals.

Aug. 7The Boulder Valley School District, in its ongoing quest to produce healthy lunches that are both parent and kid approved, will serve chicken and beef that's hormone and antibiotic free in the coming school year.

Boulder Valley Nutrition Services Director Ann Cooper said hormone and antibiotic meat that's locally sourced is a common request from parents. She found two regional producers in Denver -- Boulder Natural Meats for chicken and Anderson Meat Company for beef -- and negotiated to buy 40 tons of beef and 25 tons of chicken.

While the district a couple of years ago stopped using "commodity" ground beef supplied by the U.S. Department of Agriculture because of concerns about "pink slime," she said, antibiotic free meat was still a goal.