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Pasture raised. Hormone free. All natural. With so many buzzwords, it’s hard to decipher labels on meat, eggs, and dairy products. Which ones are just greenwashing, and which ones can you trust?

Liberally used terms like “free-range” paint a bucolic picture that is far from the reality of today’s industrial farming system. Raising animals in crowded confinement is the standard practice in America because it’s efficient and profitable, but it’s also inhumane. As consumer demand for humane and sustainable animal products grows, labels featuring bold claims and happy animals frolicking in lush pasture have proliferated in the meat and dairy aisles, most without federal regulation.

For CUESA, humane means things like allowing animals to engage in the natural behaviors that are important to their wellbeing, and minimizing stress to the animals, from birth to slaughter. We’ve detailed specific practices in our Sustainability Frameworks, and we endeavor to partner with producers whose practices align with these values.

To help you decode the labels, see our Animal Welfare Guide.

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Recipes with Meat

Paella de Carne with Allioli

Paul Canales, Duende Oakland

Mixiote de Carne: Beef Cooked in Leaves

Alma Rodriguez, Mixiote SF

Articles about Meat

November 10, 2017

Raising a Better Turkey for Thanksgiving

Get your humanely raised heritage turkey at the farmers market.

August 19, 2016

Root Down Farm: Meat That Is Worth the Wait

First generation farmer Dede Boies raises heritage chickens, turkeys, and pigs with care every step of the way.

March 11, 2016

Decoding Animal Welfare Labels

Pasture raised. Hormone free. All natural. Which ones are just greenwashing, and which ones can you trust?

December 19, 2014

Pasture-Raised Poultry from Chowdown Farm

Grown-up farm kids Brian Douglass and Kristy Lyn Levings farm for flavor raising poultry, sheep, and game birds.

December 12, 2014

Stemple Creek Ranch Brings Grass-Fed Beef to the Ferry Plaza

Fourth-generation farmer Loren Poncia raises healthy cattle, lamb, and soil in Marin.


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