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?)