First off, let me be clear. I am sure that Austrlian beef is great--in Australia. Not so sure about Chinese fish. At any rate, Safeway is moving toward literal outsourcing of its animal protein. At first, I thought I could avoid the imported ground beef by buying from the meat counter. (Never mind how hard it is to get help at the meat counter.) But, reading the fine print on much of the beef, I see things labeled as product of Australia with other origins.
I can't find fish there except from China. I don't trust Asian fish production, frankly.
I did find beef at Fred Meyer(Kroger) that is apparently from the USA. But, why do I have to be so careful? I've thought this through. I am sure the Australian beef is good quality, but it is shipped to us from halfway around the world. How can this be efficient? How can the quality be great?
So, sea change for us. We visited a local butcher today and loaded up on beef and pork. I asked where his stuff came from and he told me St. Helens (OR) and Iowa. The place is clean and there are lots of choices. Taste will tell, but I imagine the product is quite good.
Are all supermarket chains moving toward imported fresh meat? Have you noticed this?
And, I've found a fresh fish market to try soon.