Error message

Image resize threshold of 10 remote images has been reached. Please use fewer remote images.

Free-Range Food Labels: Can My Groceries Really Help The Planet?

Free-Range Food Labels: Can My Groceries Really Help The Planet?

So many food labels proclaim their eco-virtues these days — organic. Pasture-raised. Cage-free. Non-GMO. What do they actually mean? Here are six ways to make sense of it all.

Beware of ill-defined labels. It's easy to call food "natural" or "sustainable," because there's no legal standard for what those words mean.

An "organic" label does have a clear meaning, and it's enforced. Organic food delivers environmental benefits, but the food itself may not be better for you.

"Non-GMO" is not organic. The food was still grown with pesticides.

If you want to be sure that your milk or eggs come from animals that got to live outdoors, look for a third party on the label, such as Animal Welfare Approved or American Grassfed Association — or organic.

"Fair Trade" products deliver a little extra money to small farmers who are organized into cooperatives.

Don't let labels stress you out. When it comes to solving the world's problems, your shopping decisions aren't nearly as important as political decisions.

Posts nearby

In 2011, Australia first implemented its innovative Carbon Farming Initiative. Carbon farming allows farmers to earn carbon credits by sequestering carbon or reducing greenhouse gas emissions on... Read more
By The Entrepreneur, Feb 10
In this short animated film, the Kimberley Land Council explains the Australian Carbon Farming Initiative.
By The Sprout, Feb 10
In this video clip, a South Australian farmer denies he is exploiting a legal loophole by distributing raw milk through a cow-share scheme. Several industry leaders and lawmakers including Mark Tyler... Read more
By The Consumer, Oct 31