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Dr. Becker's Comments:
Voting with your wallet or pocketbook is the best way to send a message to the factory farm industry that there is a market for ethically raised livestock.
Support small local farmers in your area, and visit their operations to see for yourself what conditions their animals are raised in.
Click here for a list of sustainable agriculture groups in your area. Many of these groups hold meetings at which you can meet local farmers.
If there are no local food sources in your area, another option is to purchase grass-fed, organic beef and other free-range organic meats at a health food store.
When ordinary citizens concerned with animal welfare align their actions with their beliefs and vote with their pocketbooks, the agricultural industry will eventually have no choice but to address issues important to consumers.