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.
Rainforest Alliance Certified
Who’s behind it:
Rainforest Alliance (rainforest-alliance.org), a nonprofit that develops and implements sustainable and socially responsible production standards in more than 60 countries.
What it means:
Production practices preserve healthy biodiversity and existing wildlife habitats. *Producers maintain natural shaded environments to protect wildlife and eliminate or reduce pesticide use to avoid damage to surrounding environments and communities.
*Workers have safe living and working conditions.
*Note: The entire product doesn’t have to be Rainforest Alliance Certified. The Rainforest Alliance requires single-ingredient products like coffee to contain at least 30 percent certified content and the package must indicate the percent (the product isn’t required to include this information if it contains 90 percent certified content).
Look for it on:
Coffee, bananas, cocoa, oranges, pineapples, flowers, and ferns.