AUSTIN, Texas — Whole Foods Market here has introduced a new “5-step Animal Welfare Rating” system developed by Global Animal Partnership, a nonprofit organization focused on improvements in animal agriculture. The system relies on independent, third-party certifiers who audit farms and rate animal welfare practices using a tiered system, according to a release issued by Whole Foods. At minimum, all of the company's meat suppliers must raise animals on a vegetarian diet without the use of ...

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