Food Label Guide: Pork

Bacon has become a passion and obsession for American eaters in recent years, but most eaters would be horrified to know the conditions under which those pigs are raised and the detrimental environmental effects to surrounding communities.  There are sustainable alternatives. When shopping for pork, use our label guide to find meaningful and verifiable labels.

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Our Top Picks

These labels are the most meaningful, with verifiable standards.

Labels Lacking Clear Standards

The terms below lack clear standards, verification processes or independent oversight, allowing farm conditions and practices to vary widely across producers.

  • “Natural”
  • “Pasture-raised”
  • “Humane”/”Humanely-raised”

Other Labels to Look For

These labels are not as comprehensive as our top picks.