Before we can enjoy the nutritional benefits of our food, we must first know that it is safe. We must start with its genetic origin and be assured that it is a naturally occurring, traditional food source rather than a genetically modified organism (GMO). We must know its growth history and whether it was nourished by a natural species-specific diet or force-fed unnatural, man-made substances. We should be aware of the animal's health history, whether it was hearty and survived due to strong genetic constitution or was sickly and was maintained only through the persistent supplementation of antibiotics and other medicines. We should inquire as to the health risks to which the animal has been exposed, based upon where it was raised, with what animals it lived, and what it was fed. We should understand how it was processed and how it is packaged for ultimate delivery to the end consumer.