Anytime I get to mention the #FoodBabeArmy on national television it’s a good day.
(Don’t worry, I’m wearing faux fur in the picture above)
Catch me live on CNN here:
I talk about the new FDA measure on antibiotics in meat and changes that you helped inspire at Chick-fil-A.
Now that you know the new FDA measure on antibiotics is a complete joke. I thought it would be important to highlight the Organic Consumers Association‘s consumer guide to boycotting factory farms. Here’s how to choose the safest meat for you and the planet…
Buy Direct From Farms
One of the best ways to avoid food from factory farms is to buy direct from farms. You can connect online with farmers markets, subscription-based Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs), buying clubs and farms at:
What To Look For In Grocery Stores
When it comes to meat, milk and eggs, choosing USDA Organic is a good way to avoid the worst factory-farmed animal products in grocery stores.
But just because a product is certified organic, doesn’t guarantee that it’s 100 hundred percent free of synthetic ingredients or non-organic ingredients, nor does it guarantee the highest level of animal welfare or the best pasture standard. You have to read the labels.
If you want to know that your food comes from farms that provide the highest level of animal welfare, you’ll want to look for organic, grassfed foods that are also:
• Levels 4, 5 or 5+ in the Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating Standards
For more detailed information, check out the Animal Welfare Institute’s “Consumer’s Guide to Food Labels and Animal Welfare.”
No Legal Standard For “Pastured”
If you want nutrient-dense food from animals that are 100 percent grass-fed, you’ll want to carefully vet organic companies’ pasture claims. There is no legal standard for “pastured.” The term implies that the animal has been raised primarily outdoors, on live pasture. But the quality of a pasture can range from land that consists of a mixture of living nutritious grasses, legumes and a variety of plant species, to land that is poorly managed with respect to soil and water quality, and consists primarily of dirt and gravel, with no living plants.
Products that are American Grassfed Certified, in addition to USDA Organic, guarantee the highest pasture standards and nutrient density.
Here’s something else to remember when shopping for factory farm food alternatives. Yes, they may cost more at the checkout counter. But rather than judge the value of food as dollars-per-ounce, think of the value of food as nutrition-per-calorie. Food from factory farms might be cheaper, but not when you look at how much more nutrition you get from organic and grass-fed alternatives, or plant-based superfoods. Here’s a great list of foods ranked by nutrient density. It may surprise you!
Don’t Be A Meat-Eating Glutton
In addition to shopping for alternatives to factory farm foods, you can also help boycott factory farms by cutting back on meat. Being a healthy omnivore means eating more vegetables, fruits, grains, beans and nuts, and seeking out super-foods. You can read more organic consumer association tips here…and I have a ton of recipes that are meat free but absolutely delicious!
Make Some Noise People
This recent piece from Mark Bittman in the NY Times sums up exactly what we need to do: “Make some noise, people.”
We can change the world with choices and our voice!
P.S. If you know someone who is still buying factory farmed meat or needs a little push in the right direction, please share this guide with them!