I've already spent a lot of time talking about myself here, so humor me and go read it (esp. before asking me a question!).
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ngl I'm really shitty about responding to asks, especially ~complimentary~ ones (oh my god I feel like such an ass saying that), but if you ask a question I'll do my best to get back to you asap xx
Applied to meat, eggs, dairy, and every now and then even fish, the free-range label is bullshit. It should provide no more peace of mind than “all-natural”, “fresh”, or “magical”.
To be considered free-range, chickens raised for meat must have “access to the outdoors”, which, if you take those words literally, mean nothing. (Imagine a shed containing thirty thousand chickens, with a small door at one end that opens to a five-by-five dirt patch-and the door is closed all but occasionally.)
The USDA doesn’t even have a definition of free-range for laying hens and instead relies on producer testimonials to support the accuracy of these claims. Very often, the eggs of factory farmed chickens—chickens packed against one another in vast barren barns—are labeled free range. (“Cage-free” is regulated but means no more or less than what it says-they are literally not in cages.) One can reliably assume that most “free-range” (or “cage-free”) laying hens are debeaked, drugged, and cruelly slaughtered once “spent”. I could keep a flock of hens under my sink and call them free-range.” —
Jonathan Safran Foer, in Eating Animals
most people don’t understand how under regulated these things are. Especially “kosher” meats
One of my favorite bullshit claims is all-natural. People think that actually means something.
They could be making chocolate bars out of wood pulp and horse shit and still call it all-natural.
also I love that book everyone go read it nao.