“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…

“No growth-promoting antibiotics”

This claim is not meaningful. Even though it is verified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture when found on a label of Shady Brook Farms or Honeysuckle White turkey, the claim is not meaningful because pharmaceutical companies are no longer selling medically important antibiotics specifically for the purpose of promoting…

Certified grassfed

The Certified Grassfed by AGW label is highly meaningful and verified. It means that the animals producing meat or dairy were fed a 100% grass and forage based diet, with no grain. Only producers who are also Animal Welfare Approved certified are eligible for the Certified Grassfed by AGW. We…

PCO Certified

The PCO Certified 100% Grass Fed label is highly meaningful and verified. The label, which can be found on beef and dairy products, means that the animals were fed only grass and forage with no grain. The animals were also raised according to USDA Organic standards, which promote a sustainable system…

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…