Labels to Look For

In a logo-saturated world labels lose their substance. Just about everything on the grocery store shelf boasts a natural nametag, claiming to be pesticide free, antibiotic free and free range. Keep in mind these classifications lack clarity and are developed without industry input. Here are three labels with integrity to look for before you add that item to your cart: [gallery link="file"] USDA Organic: The U.S. Department of Agriculture sets the standards for the label, guarantying that food is produced without synthetic growth hormones, GMOs, antibiotics, chemical fertilizers or man-made chemical pesticides. Introduced in 2000, the label was the result of a 10-year process and is one of the more trustworthy labels. It comes in three varieties: “100% Organic", “Organic” (at least 95% organic) and “Made with Organic Ingredients” (at least 70% organic). Look for it on both produce and packaged items. Fair Trade Certified: This symbol signifies that farmers and workers in developing nations receive fair pay for their product and labor. It also promotes sustainable farming practices that benefits everyone’s health and preserves valuable ecosystems. Look for it on your coffee, tea, chocolate, sugar and chocolate. Rainforest Alliance Certified: The green frog seal is dedicated to environmental protection, social equity and economic viability; standards set by the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN). Since it’s establishment in 1992, the certification program has spread to 25 tropical countries. More than two million farmers, workers and their families currently benefit from the certification. Look for it on your coffee, chocolate, bananas and orange juice.

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published



Sold Out