For those of you who do not live near a Whole Foods, let me just explain how they sell meat – they have a labeling systems from 1-5 on all meat – 1 is the worst and as best as I can tell is just factory meat – as the number gets higher the quality of the met and the life the animal has gets better. I usually wont buy anything under a 3 if I buy from them at all almost all of our meat comes from Heritage Foods. Whole Foods has a with a nonprofit called Global Animal Partnership who they work with and who decide what meat gets what grade. I like this system because it seems to give you some sense of where your food is coming from. At least in theory. I have found chicken often labeled with 2 different grades, so one tag says 2 another says 3? When asked the butcher says that’s a 3 it was mislabeled – then two weeks later it only has one label a 2. The most confounding experience of late is the chicken above which is $8.20 and is rated a 2 so it has some enhanced factory situation, but surely isn’t a bird I’d want to eat – the bird below is Organic and cost $13.07 and is rated a 2? WTF so you’d spend $4.87 more almost 5 bucks for an organic bird that if this rating system means shit was raised in the identical way as the bird that is 5 bucks cheaper? Obviously 2 is of a high enough standard to get organic certification in this country and one producer spent the money and the other did not. Still its pretty confounding to me, given we are taught and I have always believe that organic was better, but apparently when it comes to chicken and Whole Foods….not so much.
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