Meal kit delivery companies are stepping up to make our lives a little easier at home. The idea is simple. Just choose a subscription plan, pick out your favorite meals online, and receive all the fresh ingredients and recipe instructions for each perfectly portioned meal right on your doorstep.

There’s no doubt that these services can save time, reduce food waste and cut down on trips to the grocery store. But do they also add another level of separation between the farm and the plate? If we’re not picking out the ingredients in our meals, who is? Where do the ingredients come from and how are they selected? Scroll through the slideshow below to learn how five popular meal kit delivery companies source their ingredients.

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Blue Apron

Blue Apron prides itself on sourcing its ingredients responsibly. The company works with over 100 family-run farms, ranches and fisheries that produce high-quality ingredients while using sustainable farming practices.

Blue Apron has even partnered with sustainability experts to raise the standards of their ingredients and give consumers more confidence. All the seafood in a Blue Apron box, for example, is certified by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch as “Best Choice” or “Good Alternative.” The company also has its own Animal Welfare Policy, which outlines the standards for animal treatment that all suppliers of meat and animal products must meet.

Learn more about Blue Apron’s ingredient sourcing process here.

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