So where does our meat really come from? How do we know? Do you know? I sure don't. Depending on the budget du jour, my mood, and what's for dinner, I may be shopping in different places: Gelson's: the most expensive supermarket around, they carry prime beef (the price is also prime), organic beef, grass fed, kobe beef, the meat is always fresh, guaranteed natural without hormones or antibiotics, they have organic chicken ($4.99/lbs). Whole Foods: almost as expensive as Gelson's but not quite, they carry organic chicken, beef and pork, the quality is pretty good but freshness is not as good as Gelson's. Jon's: one of the least expensive supermarket around, they carry many Armenian or East-Europeans products and dried, cured meats and fishes, charcuteries, etc... they have some decent lamb but otherwise I rarely look at their meat case, things are usually either still frozen, or defrosted, in large packages that are badly wrapped and often torn, meat chunks badly cut, you can often see bone dust near the cut bones. They're the only ones around to sell Lamb breast (looks pretty much like a rack of baby back ribs), so I do get that there when there's one. I also buy all my wieners there. Jon's smoked baby back ribs, slab cured pork belly, smoked sausage and wieners: Handy Market Burbank: little pop and mom grocery store with a real butcher in the back. To get your meat you have to wait in line and ask the butcher to wrap what you want. Prices are much better than Gelson's, but the quality is not as good. You can get a $10/lbs rib-eye, or a $1.29/lb chicken. Costco: large membership-based warehouse with low cost, big packages, good prices, good quality. I can get a rack of lamb for $12 to $20 depending on size. Great beef, both prime and choice. So my question is, how do we know where the meat comes from? Should I ask each supermarket? Will that even give me any further information? Where do all those stores/supermarket source their meat from? Are there as many sources as there are supermarkets? Or is everything centralized?