Look for higher welfare or "pasture-raised"
Cheap meat usually comes at a price—one paid by the farm animals, your health and the environment.
If you eat meat, the simplest thing you can do to help is to buy meat that is labeled with one of the following certifications: Global Animal Partnership (GAP), Animal Welfare Approved (AWA), or Certified Humane. If these certifications aren’t available, search for terms that denote higher welfare potential—primarily, “pasture-raised” or “100% grass-fed.”
And if you’re eating out, don’t be afraid to ask staff in restaurants if their meat is pasture-raised or certified by one of the meaningful third-party standards listed above.