The Eat with Care blog

Writing about humane farming issues by Caroline Abels, founder of Humaneitarian. Your comments and feedback welcome. (All replies are screened and posted, if thoughtful and respectful.)

What makes a great meat label?

October 23, 2017 - 2 responses


I know, this topic sounds like a snooze,  but humaneitarians should get really excited when they see a helpful label on an animal product. By ‘helpful,’ I mean a label that provides meaningful info about how the animal was raised.

In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need labels. We’d all shop at farmers’ markets and talk directly with farmers about their animal welfare practices. We’d even visit their farms. But most of us shop at grocery stores. And so we’re label-bound.

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What my cat teaches me about humane farming

June 15, 2017 - no responses

 My cat, and his fabric mouse

If you aren’t sure what humanely raised meat is, or which farms or food companies to buy from, think for a moment about your cat or dog (or someone else’s).

You probably know that a household pet engages in some pretty quirky behaviors during the course of a day. Since I’m a cat person, I’ll list a few fascinating things my cat likes to do but doesn’t have to do for his survival:

He chases moving […]

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Meat vending machines?

April 6, 2017 - no responses

24/7 meat vending machines at Applestone Meat Co.

I usually buy humanely raised meat from sunburned farmers or hipster butchers — so the unique prospect of getting ethically raised cuts from a vending machine proved too irresistible.

I’d read about these vending machines in a Hudson Valley food magazine. My parents live in that region, so after visiting them in March, my partner and I drove to Accord, NY — home base of the Applestone Meat Company, a business launched by […]

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3 tips for cooking a pasture raised turkey

November 15, 2016 - no responses

You’ve done the right thing and bought a pasture raised turkey for Thanksgiving. You’re pleased that your Tom had a normal, active life eating bugs and using its legs in the fresh air and sunshine.

It would be terrible if you then cooked your humanely raised turkey the way you once cooked factory farmed turkeys. If you did, the meat would be dry and bland. Your guests would be turned off of pasture raised poultry forever – and we don’t want that […]

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New survey: How can we improve?

October 13, 2016 - no responses

You probably want to buy humanely raised meat more often. You want to cook it more often and eat it more often. But something is getting in the way.  Is it cost or convenience?  Is it all those confusing meat labels?  Is it a lack of knowledge about how farm animals are raised?

I want to provide the kind of information that helps you choose humanely raised meat as often as possible. But first I need to know what you need […]

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Our first giveaway! Enter now to win free chicken

August 30, 2016 - no responses

[Contest is now closed. Congratulations to Angela from Columbus, Georgia!]

Humaneitarian is thrilled to partner with renowned farm White Oak Pastures to give away $95 worth of free humanely raised chicken!  You can’t get chicken much better than this: Red Rangers living on lush pastures, processed on the farm, and allowed to engage in chickeny behavior at all times.

To enter, go to this page and type in your name and email. We’ll notify you in mid-September if you win!

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Why did the chickens cross the road?

August 18, 2016 - no responses

Recent news out of the poultry industry should give chickens a good reason to cross the road: to celebrate!  Over the past few months, Perdue, Whole Foods, and America’s egg hatcheries all announced they are “crossing over” to some more humane practices.

Let’s cheer these recent victories:

1. Perdue sees the light: If you’re inside right now, look out a window. The billions of chickens raised in America each year never see natural light. Their growth is controlled by artificial light – […]

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American bison: How is it raised?

July 26, 2016 - no responses

Wild Idea Buffalo Co. is among a small group of ranches raising bison entirely on grass. (Photo: Wild Idea)

No one today – it’s pretty safe to say – prepares bison the way Meriwether Lewis and his Corps of Discovery did on the banks of the Missouri River in May 1805.

According to Lewis’s journal from that month, one of his men took a bison intestine, stuffed it with chopped kidney and other parts of the animal, added salt, pepper, and […]

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Interview: Wayne Pacelle and the “Humane Economy”

June 9, 2016 - no responses

What do chickens in cramped cages and pigs in tight crates have to do with elephants in circuses, orcas at SeaWorld, or trophy-hunted tigers?

According to Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), all of these animals – and more – are being liberated, so to speak, by a new “humane economy,” in which consumers (including humane meat eaters) are driving corporations to improve their animal welfare standards.

In Pacelle’s new book, The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened […]

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Action Opportunity: Improve living standards for organic poultry

June 2, 2016 - one response

Free-range turkeys at an Applegate company farm

You might be surprised to hear that certified organic chickens aren’t required to have access to pasture and may not have enough space in which to express natural behaviors, such as perching, scratching, and foraging.

It’s true. Organically raised egg-laying hens don’t necessary get the kind of life pictured in the photo above. Thankfully, they’re not trapped in cages, and they get more than “cage-free” birds do because they’re allowed outside, but as Dena […]

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