Field Notes: Where does our meat come from?

Nov 29, 2013

A new labeling rule that went into full effect Saturday requires meatpackers and retailers to provide consumers with more information about where their meat comes from.
A new labeling rule that went into full effect Saturday requires meatpackers and retailers to provide consumers with more information about where their meat comes from.
Credit Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production.

Head to the grocery store to pick up a steak or pork chop and take a look at the packaging. New rules that just went into full effect force meatpackers to detail where the meat was born, raised and slaughtered. The meatpacking industry wants Congress to repeal those rules and there’s talk lawmakers may do so in the next farm bill. But the new labels got me thinking. Where does our meat come from? And how do we know?