With countless inferior meat products crowding the market, it is often difficult to choose the freshest and most sustainable proteins. During your next grocery run, take a stand against low-quality meats by looking for labels that feature terms like “grass-fed” or “free-range.” Both classifications indicate that the animal was raised on a farm with high standards of living, such as proper space for roaming and grazing. Grass-fed or free-range animals also tend to be hormone and antibiotic-free. Double-check your purchases for these labels, which will ensure that the animal has not been given synthetic steroids or other injections.
Conscious buzzwords like “free-range” or “antibiotic-free” often mean an all-around better quality product. Sustainable meats tend to be fresher and better tasting. The infographic below includes tips for purchasing the freshest meat products possible, whether that means buying local, shopping for vacuum-sealed cuts at your local market, or one of our other suggestions.