18 Aug '11, 7pm
Which eco-friendly food labels are meaningful, and which are just hot air?
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 These can be used by anybody at any time and are therefore basically meaningless: Cruelty free Cage free Environmentally friendly Nature’s friend No chemicals Vegetarian fed