How to define “natural” meat

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It’s pretty disgusting to realize that the ‘natural’ sticker on meat packages in the supermarket could mean ‘this animal never saw daylight’, ‘this animal was pumped full of antibiotics daily’, or ‘this animal couldn’t even turn around in its pen’.

But that’s exactly that ‘natural’ means to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) right now — and that’s why I’m asking you to submit your public comment right now that ‘natural’ should mean naturally and humanely raised:

http://www.environmental-action.org/USDA-comment2?id4=ES

Wether you eat meat or now doesn’t matter — what’s important is that the word ‘natural’ conjures up images of free-roaming animals, living on a diet of healthy food. Instead, it just means natural processing, regardless of the animal’s living conditions or diet.

Right now, the USDA is taking public comments on how to define ‘natural’, and your voice matters. Please take a minute, right now, and submit yours:

http://www.environmental-action.org/USDA-comment2?id4=ES

Then please forward this message along to your friends and family and invite them to take part as well. And thank you for your work.

(reprinted with permission from Dan Stafford, Environmental Action Organizer)

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