You can use theÂ Humane Eating Project appÂ to findÂ restaurantsÂ that serve humanely raised meat, but what aboutÂ grocery stores?Â The most straight forward way to tell if a product at a store is humane or not is to look for a 3rd party certification label.
3rd Party Organizations
Global Animal Partnership (GAP), Certified Humane, and Animal Welfare Approved are 3rd party organizations (independent from the government or companies) that audit farms to make sure they meet strict animal welfare standards. If a farm meets these standards, they are certified by the organization and their products will carry the orgâ€™s label.
In San Diego, GAP is the easiest to find out of the 3 organizations. GAP certifies farms on a 5 Step system, Step 5+ is the highest standard, but even Step 1 is a major improvement over traditional factory farmed products.
GAP products are available at Whole Foods and a few other retailers.Â At the store, look for the step numberÂ on the package or at the meat counter.
Certified Humane Â products are available in several store chains. In San Diego, I have found a lot at Whole Foods and some at Sprouts and Von’s. To find Certified Humane products near you, use the search feature on their website. At the store, look for this label on product packaging.
Animal Welfare Approved products are sold in various stores throughout the country, I haven’t found very much in San Diego so far. To find products near you, use the search feature on their website. The product will have this label on the package.
Whatâ€™s your favorite humanely raised product? If you live outside of San Diego, which products are the easiest to find?