Five Eco-Friendly Food Labels Explained

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As you’re grocery shopping, it can be hard to tell which products are truly made with the environment in mind and which ones just appear to be. Take this quiz to help cut through the confusion and understand how to identify the real deal. 

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Which of the following can you consider when choosing a food item at the grocery store?

Making sustainable food choices means selecting items that don’t harm the environment, don’t contain added toxins and do support rural communities and their farmers. A little information on eco-friendly food labeling can go a long way in helping you make eco-friendly decisions in the grocery store aisle. Continue the quiz to learn more.

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Rainforest Alliance Certified
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What does this eco-friendly label mean on bananas, grapes, pineapples, coffee, tea and chocolate?

The Rainforest Alliance Certified mark on a product means it’s guaranteed by a third party to meet high standards for wildlife conservation, worker welfare and benefits to local communities. The amount and type of pesticides used by farmers are strictly controlled and must continually be reduced.

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Fair Trade Certified
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What does this eco-friendly label mean on coffee, tea, chocolate, fruit, wine, sugar, rice and vanilla?

Fair Trade USA is a nonprofit organization that helps farmers in developing countries build a sustainable business by ensuring fair crop prices in the free market and teaching them to invest in community building projects.   

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Salmon Safe
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What does this eco-friendly label mean on beef, dairy, fruit, lamb, veggies and grains?

Salmon Safe recognizes farm and other land use operations that contribute to restoring stream eco-system health in native salmon fisheries of the Pacific Northwest. Products are certified by independent experts based on agricultural practices that promote healthy streams and wetlands, including proper animal farming.  

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USDA Organic
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What does this eco-friendly certification mean on fresh and processed food products?

The USDA sets and enforces standards for organic product quality, including soil and water, pest control, livestock practices and rules for food additives.

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Bird Friendly logo
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What does this eco-friendly certification mean on coffee?

Shaded coffee plantations provide sanctuary for migratory birds which aids in conservation efforts. This certification is the only one of its kind, developed by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center.

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Carrots of many colors
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