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I’ve had animals for as long as I can remember. The message about animal cruelty and adopting a #ShelterPet is one that has gained ground in recent years, but the ASPCA is concerned with the welfare of farm animals as well.

Here are five simple ways to become a more aware and welfare-conscious consumer when shopping for your family’s groceries – step to a healthier living as well.

Eat Seasonally  

Eating foods in season means that you’re able to buy from a more local economy and avoid having your food shipped from other countries. This means fresher foods picked at peak ripeness too! 

Shop Locally

CSAs and local farmers’ markets help support local, often smaller-scale, farmers, and ranchers who are producing outside of the traditional factory-farm system. If you aren’t sure where to start, visit your local farmers’ market and start asking some questions – the guide found HERE will get you started. 

We all know local food tastes much better since it is so much fresher! I love to shop locally. 

Conquer Labeling Confusion

Marketers create confusion with their flashy labels and clever catchphrases. But unfortunately, sometimes they care more about finances than transparency. Words like “natural” or “humane” often don’t have any oversight to actually tell you as a consumer anything concrete. However, some phrases and labels do have regulations associated with their use, and that’s what you can start to look for as a savvy shopper. Here’s a guide to labeling to get you started.Be Careful to Minimize Waste

One of the ways we can treat the animals used for food respectfully and humanely is by making the most of the food we purchase. Purchase only what you know you’ll use and serve the right-sized portions to avoid wasting what your family buys. Check out the Good Groceries Guide HERE

Look for Certifications That Mean Something

Unlike marketing gimmicks, there are certain certifications and awards that have true meaning. For example, the USDA Organic label shows that the product that was grown (or fed to the animal) didn’t use banned pesticides. Others include Animal Welfare Approved or Certified Humane.

See The Good Groceries Guide for more information about how our shopping habits impact the lives of those around us – animals included. 

Find more resources for savvy shoppers at the ASCPA Shop With Your Heart website HERE

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