When you’re at the supermarket and you see a cut of beef labeled “grass-fed,” do you ever wonder, “What else would the cow eat besides grass?” Or what about “natural” meat? Then what is considered “unnatural” meat? Unfortunately, the meat package labels aren’t always clear and don’t tell the whole story about how the animals were raised and the resulting environmental problems.
When it comes to purchasing meat, Bon Appétit takes into consideration the bigger picture of animal production rather than focusing on specific labels. Was the animal raised in a humane manner? Were the animals given any artificial hormones or antibiotics? What are the environmental and human health effects of these practices? Ultimately, are these practices sustainable? At Bon Appétit, we view various animal production methods on a spectrum based on the degree of sustainability.