Three Ways to Eat Better, for Less

On a Tight Budget? You Can Still Buy High Welfare Pork 


It is estimated that 25% of all antibiotics in the UK are given to pigs in animal factories just to keep them alive in the overcrowded, contagious conditions. Additionally, many basic welfare regulations are ignored for pigs in these same factories. Abuse and inhumane conditions are commonplace. Therefore, it is essential to avoid pork from factory pig farms by only buying pork from a trustworthy butcher or with one of the high animal welfare labels RSPCA Assured, Outdoor Bred, Free Range or best of all Organic. 

One of the most significant barriers in making the switch from factory-produced pork to real farm-produced pork is cost. While the meat that is produced by high welfare pork farmers carries a higher price tag, here are some ways to buy it on a tight budget.

1) Cut one (or more) unnecessary expenses


Whether you’re looking to improve the quality of the meat you eat or lose weight, there is almost always a way to meet your goal, even when money is scarce. One of the best ways to free up extra funds is to cut one or more unnecessary expenses from your budget. Adding just £2-£4 back into your budget each week can free the necessary funds to switch to high welfare pork with a high welfare label – don’t be fooled by the Red Tractor label as it is not a welfare label, only the most basic of the UK standards – not good enough. Can you skip one to two visits to your regular coffee shop? Is there room to negotiate one of your monthly bills to a lower price?

2) Buy less but better meat and search for the best local deals


2 sausages from an animal factory

morrisons Richmond Sausages
waitrose Richmond Sausages
sainsburys Walls Sausages

Costs the same as 1.5 sausages from a real farm

morrisons Morrisons: Outdoor Bred
waitrose Waitrose: Free Range
sainsburys Sainsbury’s: Outdoor Bred

Two sausages from a factory farm cost the same as one and a half sausages from a high welfare pig farm. Can you reduce your meat intake and replace it with mushrooms and other yummy veg? This way you could reduce your risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer. Find a list of farms, stores or butchers near your home that are selling high welfare pork (see our high welfare pork directory), and ask for cheaper cuts like pork belly as opposed to more expensive chops or steaks. Search for the best deals close to where you live, search out sales, bulk discounts and save up and buy as much high welfare pork as you need before the expiration date, and freeze the rest.

3) Reduce food waste


Approximately 7 million tonnes of food and drink are thrown away in the UK annually. The annual cost of this waste is estimated at £470 for the average family. Assess how much of the food you buy on a regular basis is being wasted. If you find that you are throwing out a significant amount of food, reducing the amount of food you buy will add extra money to your budget. This can make it easier to buy higher quality pork produced on trustworthy farms. 

Although it can seem difficult at first, buying real farm-produced high welfare pork on a tight budget is an achievable goal. Cutting unnecessary expenses, searching for the best local deals, and reducing your household food waste are excellent ways to find extra funds to upgrade the pork you consume.

By Sarah-Jane Smith.
Freelance writer

Share This Article

Related ArticlesView All

January 28th, 2021
Ching He Huang says #TurnYourNoseUp at Factory Farming

TV chef and food writer Ching He Huang MBE, says #TurnYourNoseUp at factory farming. Her food ethos is to use… Read More

September 4th, 2020
Is Red Tractor High Welfare?

When it comes to buying pork, the Red Tractor label does not offer any assurance that the pigs were raised… Read More

July 9th, 2020
#SaveBritishFarming London March

Yesterday, farmers and activists gathered in London to protest the real prospect of sub-standard imports from the US that would… Read More

July 7th, 2020
Farm Case Study 13: Farmer’s Choice, Hampshire

Jason from Farmer’s Choice Free Range in the South Downs says COVID-19 caused an increased demand that was driven both… Read More

July 1st, 2020
Producer Case Study 12: Primal Cut

Primal Cut are artisan producers that follow Slow Food principles. They promote local food & traditional cooking with free range,… Read More

June 17th, 2020
Farm Case Study 11: Good Life Meat, Staffordshire

Helen Dale & her husband keep rare traditional British breeds of pig at The Good Life Meat Company, which are… Read More

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *