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Bill Niman and Nicolette Hahn Niman: Experts in Residence!

Thanks so much for doing this Bill and Nicolette! Here's my question:

Lots of people are aware of the inconsistent/misleading/unhelpful labeling systems that go on in the US regarding everything from produce to eggs to meat. I've recently found eggs that are "Free Range" "Certified Organic" AND "Certified Humanely Raised". While that might feel like a triumph, there's still issues with beak cutting, etc, but I feel like short of raising chickens myself (not so likely in a 4th floor apartment in Brooklyn), I'm doing mostly what I can.

Can you explain what labels I should be looking for when it comes to meat in the US so that I don't feel like I'm doing a terrible job of keeping both sustainability and animal welfare in mind? From what I understand, "organic" meat only means it's fed organic feed, but has nothing to do with how the animal is's all very confusing. Help? Anyone?


Update -- I just realized I posted something really similar to BHK's question above...sorry for duplicating!