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How can I find humanely raised meat?

Margaret Floyd
Nutrition & Dietetics
One of the really nice things about eating meat from animals raised traditionally is that, in the majority of cases, the animals are coming from a smaller farm, typically a farm where they are treated well and living, by all accounts, good and happy lives. Now, can animal cruelty happen on a small family farm that raises animals traditionally? Absolutely. But it's far less likely than in massive industrial facilities where volume, efficiency, and the bottom line take precedence over the health and welfare of the animals themselves.

The only truly foolproof way to ensure that the meat on your dinner plate came from an animal that was treated humanely is to visit the farm on which it was raised. Since this isn't realistic for many of us with busy urban lives, the next best thing is to look for humane treatment certification labels. The best example of this is the Certified Humane label by the Humane Farm Animal Care organization, which certifies that rigorous standards were used in caring for the animals. These standards include allowing the animals to express natural behaviors, like chickens dust bathing, pigs rooting, and cows grazing. A next-best certification to look for is the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Organic label. While organic standards don't specify humane treatment of the animal, new guidelines implemented require that farm animals have access to pasture, which addresses at least part of the concern.
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