Today's ''ethical carnivores'' argue that supporting well-raised livestock is more important than avoiding animal foods altogether. Join the movement by following these buying strategies from "The Butcher's Guide to Well-Raised Meat."
Learn the Lingo
It's illegal to give pork or poultry hormones (it's still OK for cows), so don't pay heed to labels that say "no hormones administered." Also, ''free-range'' applies only to birds raised for meat; not for eggs.
Seek Out Stamps
Because so many buzzwords are unregulated (i.e. "all natural"), look for a third-party-certified label you can trust, like "USDA Organic," "Animal Welfare Approved" (AWA), and "Certified Humane Raised and Handled."
Check for Purity
An ingredients list on pork shoulder? You bet. Up to 15 percent of packaged meat contains additives, such as "water flavor," or "isolated soy protein." High-quality brands are free of fillers; go for those.
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