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Label Logo How meaningful is the label? Is the label verified? Is the meaning of the label consistent? Are the label standards publicly available? Is information about the organization publicly available? Is the organization free from conflict of interest? Was the label developed with broad public and industry input?
Bird Friendly Highly meaningful Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Certified Naturally Grown Meaningful Yes Yes Yes Yes No1 No2
Eco Apple and Eco Peach - "Certified by the IPM Institute of North America" Somewhat meaningful Yes No Yes Yes No3 No4
Green Shield Certified Meaningful5 Yes6 Yes7 Yes Yes Yes Yes8
Responsible Choice - Stemilt Not meaningful No No9 No No No No
Whole Foods Responsibly Grown (Unrated, Good, Better, Best) Not - Somewhat meaningful10 No11 No12 Yes Yes No13 No14
1. There is no inspection or audit by an accredited third-party certification agency. Inspections are conducted by other farmers who participate in the CNG program. Farmers are prohibited from “trading” inspections -- meaning that a farmer cannot inspect the farm of the individual who inspected his/her farm. Inspector’s summary reports are publicly available.
2. Standards of the Certified Naturally Grown program that are not based on the USDA organic requirements are developed with farmer input but they are not shared with the public and are not posted on the website for public comment.
3. Standards development: No. The final decisions for all standards are made by the IPM Institute, which does not have a conflict of interest policy. Verification: No. The IPM Institute of North America makes the final determination on certification approvals. A conflict of interest policy for inspectors and other individuals involved in the verification process is under development.
4. Standards development: No. The standards were developed with broad industry input, from extension agents, growers, and academics but no broad public input. Standards updates: No. The standards are updated yearly, to address emerging pest problems relevant to Northeast growers. Standards updates involve the Advisory Committee, which consists of producers, researchers and crop consultants, members of the IPM Institute of North America and Red Tomato. Growers and other stakeholders are given the opportunity to provide input on the revisions, but draft standards are not posted for public input.
5. The label would be considered "highly meaningful" if onsite inspections occurred annually rather than once every three years, if unannounced inspections were used, and if meeting standards could be verified more objectively.
6. However, on-site inspections only occur once every three years, and unannounced visits are rarely if ever used.
7. Many of the standards are qualitative; they depend on the judgment of the evaluator and on information provided by the company, both of which may vary.
8. Some “commercial” funding comes from certification fees, but the program is primarily funded by grants.
9. Since there are no standards, and growers can make improvements voluntarily (but are not required), the meaning is not consistent.
10. Unrated: Not meaningful.; Good, Better, Best: Somewhat meaningful.
11. The label is not always third-party certified before it can be used and displayed.
12. It is a scored rating system, which is not consistent.
13. The Responsibly Grown label was developed by staff at Whole Foods Market.
14. The standards for the Responsibly Farmed label were developed by Whole Foods Market staff in collaboration with certain non-profit organizations that were chosen by Whole Foods to collaborate.

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