The carnivore's dilemma

An exploration of the ways we purchase, prepare, and eat meat—and what our decisions reveal about who we are.

Meat eating can be a fraught endeavor that every person must navigate individually. In that spirit, we've put together this guide to commonly misunderstood meat-related terms. We won't tell you what or how to eat, but we will give you the facts you need to make informed decisions.

Our meat eating habits, no longer a matter of basic sustenance, have become ethically fraught, deeply personal questions: Money. Health. Animal welfare. Environmental impact. Here, five American eaters navigate their way through the messy middle.