Category: Agriculture

Organic is always non GMO

The seal was developed by Organic Valley for use on foods sold and marketed under the Organic Valley and Organic Prairie brands, which are certified organic and also display the USDA Organic seal. The seal conveys to consumers that the organic standards prohibit genetically modified crops and ingredients derived from…

Certified naturally grown

Meaningful What this seal means: The seal means that the farm meets the Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) standards, which are based on the USDA organic standards for crops and livestock. These standards promote a sustainable system of agriculture, requiring responsible soil management and prohibiting the use of synthetic fertilizers, most…

Demeter Biodynamic

Highly Meaningful  The Demeter Biodynamic label is highly meaningful and verified. It means that the food was grown and processed in accordance with the Demeter Biodynamic standards, which promote ecologically sustainable farming practices and prohibit synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, antibiotics (except to treat sick animals), genetically engineered seeds, sewage sludge…

“No artificial hormones” (dairy)

What does this label mean, and is it verified? Variations: “No rBGH administered,” “No rBST administered”The labeling claim means that dairy cows were not injected with a genetically engineered growth hormone that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1993 for use in dairy cows. The labeling claim…

Organic

The “organic” labeling claim is unique: Unlike most other claims, no producer or company can represent their food as “organic” unless the product is certified by a USDA-accredited certification agency and is in compliance with all of the requirements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s organic standards.*The USDA organic standards…

Pesticide Report

From Crop to Table Pesticides are unique among manufactured chemical products: they are designed to be toxic to living organisms and are applied to the foods we eat. The use of pesticides in agriculture can affect not only consumers who eat foods with residues, but also farmworkers, rural residents, wildlife…

“Shade Grown”

What it means Coffee farms typically can cut many trees down in order to increase yields from coffee crops. “Shade grown” implies that the coffee was grown on farms that maintain tree canopy as habitat for native and migratory birds and other wildlife. Although not a replacement for native tropical…

“Pesticide Free”

Reducing pesticide use is an important component of a sustainable food system, but as a labeling claim, “pesticide free” is not trustworthy. The Food and Drug Administration does not have a regulatory definition or standard for the “pesticide free” claim. In the absence of a specific definition, the FDA expects…

Food Justice

Highly Meaningful Food Justice Certified is a highly meaningful label. It is backed by standards that set a high bar for ensuring fair treatment of workers, fair pricing for farmers, and fair business practices. It assures consumers that they are supporting farmers who are earning a living wage and supporting…