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Most food in major US supermarkets comes from animals raised in factory-style farms. To help consumers find and make more humane food choices at the supermarket, WSPA USA has released a survey ranking 23 US grocery store chains by the availability of humanely labelled food on their shelves.
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“Many people prefer to buy food that comes from humanely raised animals and are willing to pay more for it,” said Dena Jones, Program Manager for WSPA USA. “[But] even when consumers find humanely labelled products, interpreting what the labels mean in terms of how the animals are treated is a challenge.”
In response, WSPA USA staff and volunteers surveyed almost 200 individual stores in 34 states, recording the availability of humanely labelled products in four categories – dairy, eggs, unprocessed meat and poultry, and processed meat and poultry – and rated stores according to the quantity and quality of the food selection.
“The food buying choices each of us makes every day have a profound impact on the lives of animals,” Jones added. “We hope this survey and website will help consumers find the products they want and provide the facts they need to make more informed and humane decisions when they shop for groceries.”
For more information and to read the US survey, visit www.eathumane.org
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