Companies respond to shift toward organic and local meat

05/16/2013 | MediaPost Communications

Retailers and meat producers are responding to growing consumer interest in meat that is organic and humanely raised. Whole Foods Market, which uses a five-step scale for ranking animal welfare, is promoting its meat and butchers with Best Butcher contests. Smithfield Foods plans to raise half of its hogs without ractopamine, up from 10%.

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