Author: Oscar

Organic

“Organic” is a meaningful label. It is verified and backed by USDA standards that are designed to promote sustainability and prohibit chemical pesticides, GMOs, irradiation, sewage sludge, and artificial ingredients (with some exceptions). How meaningful is this label? Meaningful 100% Organic: Highly meaningful. The organic label is highly meaningful for…

Global Animal Partnership Step 4

The Global Animal Partnership (GAP) certification program is comprised of a series of step levels, each corresponding to a set of animal welfare standards. The rigor of the standards increases with higher step levels. The Step 4 label for chickens and pigs means the animals live in an enriched outdoor…

Global Animal Partnership Step 3

The Global Animal Partnership (GAP) certification program is comprised of a series of step levels, each corresponding to a set of animal welfare standards. The rigor of the standards increases with higher step levels. The Step 3 label means that the animals were raised on farms with improved living conditions…

NOFA-NY Certified 100% Grass Fed

The NOFA-NY Certified 100% Grass Fed label is highly meaningful and verified. It means that the animals used to produce meat and dairy were raised on certified organic farms, and in addition, meat animals must be fed 100% grass or grass-based feed for the entire life of the animal with…

“Raised Without Antibiotics”

The “raised without antibiotics” claim on meat and poultry means that the animals were not given antibiotics in their feed, water or by injection. Choosing meat and poultry that is raised without antibiotics is an important step in helping address the public health crisis of antibiotic resistance. The U.S. Department of…

“Natural”

Not Meaningful The “natural” label is not verified and is not meaningful. There are no consistent standards to ensure that the label means what it implies to consumers: that the food was produced without chemical fertilizers, synthetic pesticides, genetically engineered crops, chemical processing aids, and artificial ingredients. Each company can…

Carrageenan

An ingredient that should be prohibited from organic foods Improving the Organic Standards Removing Carrageenan from Organic Foods On November 17, 2016, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) voted to prohibit carrageenan as an ingredient in organic foods. However, this doesn’t mean that carrageenan will no longer be allowed in…

Stretching Your Dollar

Stretching Your Dollar How To Fit Organic Produce in Your Budget Organic food is better for your health and that of the environment. But produce grown organically also generally costs more than conventional options, so here are some tips on how to fit organic in your budget:   Buy whole…

Certified Pesticide Resique Free

The seal means that the food has been tested for pesticide residues, and that residues were below levels specified in the SCS Pesticide Residue Free Certification Standard. For a food to be certified and carry this seal, the test results do not have to indicate that the residue levels are…