With barbecue season in full swing, we at Giki wanted to see how easy it is to find BBQ meat with higher welfare standards. As a nation of animal lovers – nearly half of us own a pet – this is an issue that is important to many of us.
At Giki, we rate 280,000 supermarket products, including barbeque meats, on health, environmental impact and animal welfare. From our database of UK supermarket products, we have looked at burgers, sausages, and fresh chicken portions to see how easy it is to find these meats, with higher welfare standards. We looked for RSPCA Assured or organic (Soil Association and EU organic) meat in terms of higher welfare standards. Here's what we found.
Fresh chicken portions
How do I find high welfare meat?
At Giki, we have investigated a number of different labels and standards, we believe that RSPCA Assured, Soil Association, and EU organic give the best assurances on animal welfare. The logos are usually shown on the pack. You can also look for outdoor bred for pork products.
If you want to check your BBQ choices before you buy them, you can scan the barcode on the free Giki app. We search for all these labels – and if a product uses any of them, it will get the animal welfare badge in the app.
In addition to issues around animal welfare, meat has also been in the news recently regarding its high carbon footprint and its impact on the environment. Red meat, like beef, pork and lamb, has the highest carbon footprint of all the food we eat. Chicken and fish, still have a high footprint, but it is lower than red meat. See how you could cut down on the amount of meat you eat each week with the RSPCA Assured eat less, eat better two-week meal planner.
It is striking that it is so much easier to find free-range eggs or chicken than other higher welfare barbecue products. But it is possible to find them though, and retailers like Sainsbury's with their Basics range, Aldi, Lidl and Co-op are showing that it’s also possible to make higher welfare choices at no extra cost.
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