alijac Posted September 7, 2012 Share Posted September 7, 2012 A few weeks ago, I noticed a new "animal welfare" ratings system at my local beloved Whole Paycheck, and at first glance it seemed great. Basically, there's a five level scale, starting at 1 (no crates, no cages) through 5+ (animal-centered, entire life on same farm). For detailed elaboration: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/about-our-products/quality-standards/animal-welfare-standards I saw the pork and beef I was buying were rated a number 4 - which they have labelled "pasture centered". So that's nice, I can picture happy pigs and cows frolicking in a field during their lives and feel good about that. But what does it really mean about the quality of the meat? Does "pasture-centered" mean they are eating grass - it sounds that way, but I don't want to pay extra if it's just smart marketing. I'd love to hear the opinions of my fellow clean eaters! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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