What is in this article?:
- Labels decoded
- Organic certifiers
- USDA Certified Organic
- Fair Trade Certified
- Whole Grain
- Certified Biodynamic
- Certified Humane Raised and Handled
- Rainforest Alliance Certified
- MSC Certified
- Certified Naturally Grown
- Certified Vegan
- Certified Gluten-Free
- NSF Made with Organic
- Natural Products Association Certified
How do you know which labels you can really trust? Start with these 12, which have a clear purpose and process behind the certifications.
Fair Trade Certified
Who’s behind it:
TransFair USA (transfairusa.org), a nonprofit organization that certifies fair-trade products using the standards established and enforced by Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO)—a global network of 20 labeling initiatives.
What it means:
*Farmers and farm workers from 58 developing countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America receive community-development premiums to be invested in projects such as health care, education, and organic certification.
*Farmers and workers work in fair and safe labor conditions, use environmentally sustainable methods, and partake in direct trade.
*TransFair USA is the leading third-party fair-trade certifier of food goods in the United States.
Look for it on:
Coffee, tea, herbs, cocoa and chocolate, fresh fruit, sugar, rice, flowers, honey, spices, and wine.