I’m a carnivore. I have many friends who are vegetarians or vegans, and I support their lifestyle decision, but for me, I eat meat. That doesn’t mean I eat just any meat. Our family works hard to make smart choices and buy food that is humanely raised. Living in Connecticut surrounded by local small farms makes it easier for me, but you don’t have to live rural to eat humanely. but you do need to know how to figure out what IS humanely raised! It’s not as easy as you’d think!
I was glad to see that the ASPCA isn’t just about dogs and cats. They hey also focus on farm animal welfare, working to improve conditions on factory farms and create a more sustainable and healthy food system.
They have all kinds of resources to help you on their website to choose humanely raised foods, like:
- ASPCA Shop With Your Heart website, which includes a plethora of resources on how to find more healthy and humane food options.
- Label guide that decodes what different labels mean and recommends what to look for.
- Downloadable list of food brands that have higher welfare certifications.
- Info on where to find higher-welfare products.
- A Good Groceries Guide on how to help people, animals, and the planet.
- List of farms that are welfare-certified.
- Downloadable supermarket request card if your grocery store does not carry higher welfare products.
I want to be sure that the food that I eat is raised in a way that I can support. I’m glad that there are resources that I can use to help us while shopping to make kind choices.