Know What You're Eating: The Differences Among Organic, Free Range and Everything in Between


| 7/23/2018 12:00:00 PM


Some may remember their mother or grandmother preparing chicken from scratch — meaning butchering a live chicken on the property. Today, “from scratch” is more along the lines of going to the supermarket, picking up a fresh cut, and shaking it in cornmeal and spices for baking. It could also mean opening a box, microwaving the food, and doctoring the meal up with dried herbs. What’s on a label varies in interpretation as much as what’s made from scratch in modern terms.

Do you read the labels as you pick out your meat? Do you know what they mean? You choose beef hot dogs over the mixed meat kind — definitely don’t want the mystery meat goo. More people want labels to be straightforward so they can make informed choices.

What’s the difference between organic and free-range or grass-fed versus pasture-raised? Ah, the days where you long for mystery meat goo where you at least know the difference between cow, chicken, and pig — or those animals that go moo, cluck, and oink.

Deciphering Meat Labels Is Less Mind-Boggling Than Heiroglyphs — Maybe

Do you know or care about where what you eat comes from? It’s all on the label, and that label indicates what conditions an animal might be raised in to produce your cut of meat.

Going to the supermarket creates a disconnect and keeps you distanced from what goes on behind the scenes. For human and animal health reasons, more people want improved conditions and care for the livestock they consume.



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