Thursday, October 4, 2012

Eating Green: Label Decoding

If you're new to buying more natural foods, you'll notice that there are lots of labels and seals and claims out there. Here are some of the most common, and what they mean.

All-natural - this means very little. There is no established definition, so any manufacturer can use this claim for a lot of things.

Non-GMO verified - this means the product has been independently verified to contain no GMOs.

American Humane Certified - independently verified that animals are treated fairly and can move around freely, among other benefits.

Animal Welfare Approved - independently verified that animals are raised outdoors on a family-owned farm.

Certified Humane Raised & Handled - independently verified that animals are fed a nutrition diet without hormones or antibiotics and handled gently to limit stress.

Organic - independently verified to contain at least 95% organic ingredients, which means ingredients contain no GMOs and are produced without toxic pesticides or fertilizers, irradiation, animal confinement, or artificial growth hormones/antibiotics, artificial flavors, or artificial colors

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