Okay… I’ve been vegetarian for 5 years now. I’ve never had a hard time cutting, and I’ve put on a little muscle since then, but I want to look like a monster. I can’t do that on a vegetarian diet. I’m only going to eat meat once a day, and I looked into Earth Fare’s meats. They say they are free range, hormone free, treated nicely, vegetarian fed, etc (Montana Ranch Brand is the farm). But then I read the articles stating that there is no regulation for stuff branded free-range (many from PETA, and I don’t trust them). The only regulations are for hormone-free stuff.
I became a vegetarian because I don’t like the way they treat the animals. I was just wondering if anyone here had any insight or has come across some enlightening articles about this.
I don’t know where in N.C. you are, but you have some Whole Foods in N.C. So if you live near one, I’d check there first. They do try to procure from the most humane farms that they can, and they’ve caught shit from PETA when they don’t and proceeded to change immediately. They try to make sure their meat is free range, grass fed, hormone free, slaughtered humanely, etc.
Another option is if you have any smaller organic/hippy/granola/etc. type markets. I have a small co-op market near me that tries to procure both meat and produce locally. I believe they have 2 meat suppliers, 1 pork supplier, and 1 chicken supplier–they won’t buy from anyone else because they know these farmers treat their animals as well as possible.
Yet another option is to see if there are any farmers markets near you. Again, I’m lucky because we have 3-4 farmer’s markets per week near me. So you can actually go out and meet the local ranchers and ask them in person any questions you want about the animals.
And yet another option is to go to the farms directly. Again, I don’t know if you have that option there, but we luckily have quite a few small farmers/ranchers in Texas that have market days. This is the best option if you have the time for the occassional drive to the country because you can actually see the animals, see how they’re treated and fed, etc.
All of this is more time intensive and expensive, obviously. But the meat tastes better generally, is healthier for you, and you have a clean conscious going the extra mile.