Americans paying more attention to animal products
Americans are increasingly picky about what they eat,
especially when it comes to the ways that farm animals are killed, processed,
sold and served as food. And US businesses are following this trend in
purchasing the food ingredients.
Fast-food chains are changing the way they purchase pork and eggs; chefs
are dropping ingredients not seen as animal friendly; farmers and
slaughterhouses are changing how they treat livestock, and one grocery store
chain is even adding animal-welfare ratings to its meats.
Changes at major firms
In June, the nation's largest meat processor, Tyson
Foods Inc. of Springdale, Arkansas, said the fresh chicken brand
it sold in stores would come from birds raised without antibiotics. Fast-food giant
Burger King said in March that it would buy more eggs and pork
from farms that gave animals more living space.
Later this year, Whole
Foods Market Inc
., the natural and organic
grocery chain, plans to introduce a multitiered rating system on its meat and
poultry that focuses on specific measures of animal treatment. Whole Foods is
trying to address the concerns of shoppers by posting its farm animal standards
., the nation's largest pork producer, in January launched a 10-year
transition plan to take its pigs out of the tiny stalls that are now the
industry standard and put them in larger group pens.
"It is too soon to say if these moves will dramatically alter the way
America is farming, but they are hopeful signs," said Peter Singer, a Princeton
University bioethics professor."It is good that the market is responding to
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