Is It Really Necessary to Buy Organic Meat? A Butcher Explains

For many Americans, this once-simple question has become increasingly difficult to answer: Where is your meat sourced from? "Most cities lack a trusted local butcher—someone who works directly with farmers, is committed to the humane treatment of animals, and transparent about the supply chain," say James Peisker and Chris Carter, co-founders of Nashville-based butcher Porter Road. As a result, the duo recently took their brick-and-mortar offering online to become "that long-lost local butcher for everyone across the country."

If you don't know where your meat is sourced from, Peisker and Carter point out that it's not too late to find out—and change your shopping habits if need be. "It is important to know where meat is sourced from because it allows you to further understand how the animal and product is treated throughout the entire life cycle process," they explain. "All of which in turn affects taste, quality, and even the environment." Ahead, they talk us through the most common myths that lead to confusion so you can find the best organic, responsibly sourced meat.