Let me start by saying that I am very well aware that humane farming labels are sometimes misleading. Factory farms often label their products “humane” as a marketing ploy. The term “humane” is not defined or regulated by the USDA and therefore producers can use it as they please. You can read more on that here.
If you’re a meat eating animal lover, then every Thanksgiving you should do your part to help turkeys by buying from a humane and ethically raised source. Every time you buy humane, you decrease the demand of factory farms, and slowly encourage them to change their animal welfare practices.
When people think about animal welfare and animal rights, usually what comes to mind are land animals in factory farms. Yet, marine life accounts for the largest portion of animals killed each year for food. In 2009, an estimated 51 billion sea animals were killed for food, compared to 8.27 billion land animals.
If you’re one of many animal welfare conscious shoppers, you probably try your best to buy meat from responsible sources. But you probably feel a little overwhelmed by the number of marketing claims in meat packaging. Should you buy the “humanely raised” chicken? Or should you go with the “stress free” chicken? Shouldn’t “humanely raised” chicken be “stress free?” This post will answer those questions for you. I’ve compiled a list of the most common terms and labels with a summary of the meaning behind it. Unfortunately, not many are credible. But we do have some hope.
Due to the utter shock and disgust that I felt when I first discovered that I was eating cheese with animal by-product, I decided to make a list of cheese brands that have us vegetarians in mind.
As if being vegetarian is not hard enough, we must also keep an open eye for animal products in foods that we’re allowed to eat. Things like cheese, cookies, soup, etc… can have animal ingredients carefully hidden in the ingredients label. Here’s what you should be looking out for.
The vegetarian kitchen should have a complete set of recipes that can be put to use daily. You need easy recipes for lazy nights, nutrient and protein rich recipes for a balanced nutrition, and of course we can’t forget the meat eaters in our lives. Here you will find four cookbooks to meet all of those needs.