McDonald’s wants ‘sustainable’ beef. What does that mean?

A few months ago McDonald’s announced that it will start to buy ‘verified sustainable’ beef in 2016. It’s commendable that the food giant is seeking out the green route, but what does that mean exactly?

The article by NPR Salt, goes on to say that a group called the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef are drafting principles and criteria for what ‘sustainable beef’ will mean. It’s interesting that a company can claim a food label when it doesn’t exist yet. With that in mind, a clear definition will eventually exist but it doesn’t look like it will happen anytime soon, “Twenty years is kind of the time frame we’re looking at.” Meaning McDonald’s beef won’t be ‘verified sustainable’ when it starts to roll it out in 2016.

With unregulated health claims on labels it seems difficult to decipher what labels are the real deal and what ones are not! A recent article on Food Label Terms To Read Twice goes into detail about misleading food labels and the 4 that you should watch out for.

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About Monica

Monica is AlgaeCal’s Communications Coordinator. She completed her studies at The University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received a B.S. degree in Life Sciences Communication and a B.A. degree in Sociology. She also received certificates in Digital Marketing and Leadership. Monica was an elite athlete and represented Canada numerous times with the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team. Monica now uses her background in athletics and health to write for AlgaeCal. In her spare time she loves to workout, practice yoga and binge on Netflix shows!

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