I feel like we need legends for food labels. What is real and what is greenwashing? What labels can we really trust? During my last trip to the grocery store I noticed a new label that I had not seen before. BPA Free Lining it read. Okay, now this is something of interest to me, but can I trust that the lining of the can is actually BPA free or has the company just slapped this label onto their products while evil laughing? In this case I chose to trust Eden Foods because I know their stance on food safety and GMO labeling. If this had been another company, even a bigger company, I may not have believed what their label was saying.
And there in lies the problem. Buying food shouldn't take so much research or leaps of faith. Reading labels should be easy. Here are the Top 5 Food Labels that you should look for the next time you are grocery shopping. These labels are third party verified so you can trust that when you see it on a product that the product is meeting the required standards.
Organic certification is highly regulated and is an easy way to know that the food you are buying is safe and free from pesticides. There are set rules for when the labels can be used and what exactly that means. Read more here. If a product is labeled as 100% Organic then it is also GMO free.
GMO's are a scary unknown and the Non-GMO Project label is an easy way for you to trust that the food you are buying is free from GMO's. This label does not mean that the product is organic. Your best bet is to buy products that have both the Non-GMO Project label and the Organic Certification label.
Fair trade labeling is important when you are buying coffee, tea,sugar, bananas and chocolate. It ensures that the farmer who grew the product you are buying was compensated fairly. This certification also focuses on increased environmental and social standards for the products. A product that is labeled as Fair Trade does not mean that it is organic or GMO free. If it is then you will also see those labels on the product.
This label is the hardest one for me because it is the hardest one to find. I have had to stop buying seafood because I can not find sustainable options at our local stores. Buying seafood that is not certified sustainable means that you are supporting practices that put marine life in jeopardy. Look for sustainable seafood labels on the menu at your favourite restaurant too. If they are serving sustainable seafood they will be proud to show it off!
Which labels do you look for? Which ones do you struggle with?
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