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Which Eco-Friendly Food Labels Are Meaningful, and Which Are Just Hot Air?

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's All About Organics page and our The Myth of Natural page.


Certified organic ... chemical free ... dolphin-safe ... the stamps and slogans on food labels make a lot of promises, but can they back it up? Audobon magazine breaks down which labels are meaningful and which are USDA-certified bull crap.

These labels can't be used without independent verification:

 USDA Organic 
Fair Trade 
Rainforest Alliance 
Food Alliance 
Demeter Biodynamic 
Salmon-Safe 
Bird Friendly 
Certified Humane Raised and Handled 
FishWise 
Non-GMO Project Verified 
Healthy Grown Potatoes

These should be taken with a grain of salt -- they may mean something, but they don't have to:

Raised Without Antibiotics 
Natural 
Free Range 
Grass Fed 
Nutri Clean Residue Free Certification 
Marine Stewardship Council

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