There are many terms used by marketing departments to classify the meat you buy and not all the terms are regulated by the government.
When you read the term “grass fed” in a meat package it means that animals ate grass but can also be fed grain as long as they have access to outdoors.
The other common term is free range, which means that the animal has some access to the outdoors but it does not mean that it was raised humanely.
Other terms used by the industry are All Natural, organic, vegetarian fed, local, biodynamic and air chilled.
It is very important to educate yourself on what kind of meat you are buying. It is recommended to buy it from a farmer’s market.
Red meat like lamb or beef should be bright red- that means it’s the freshest. If it turns a bit purple, it’s still ok but means it’s been exposed to some oxygen.
There are many places that you can buy healthy meat in toronto, you may want to check Evergreen Brickworks or Farmers' Market at Wychwood Barns in Toronto, Saint Lawrence market and Fiesta Farms.
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