By request from my dear friend Emily, a quick and dirty guide to buying semi-ethical hot dogs for your barbecue:
1) Go to Whole Foods.
2) Buy hot dogs labeled with some useful words like free-range, no antibiotics, or organic. Organic is the most useful word. Ignore ‘natural.’ If you want beef hot dogs, take extra credit for ‘grass-fed, grass-finished.’ Applegate claims to make such hot dogs, so your odds in most Whole Foods are good.
3) Grill and enjoy.
(p.s. I like coarse-grind sausage better myself, but this is what I would do if I were trying to buy hot dogs.)
(p.p.s. is anyone still reading this blog?)