For the conscious consumer, food shopping may involve much label deciphering, interpretation, and confusion. Organic this, certified that ... what does it really mean? If you shop for beef, National Geographic's Green Guide has an interactive label decoder to help you sort out the various certifications and buzzwords. Green Guide's Beef Label Decoder deciphers six certification labels:
• USDA Certified Organic • American Grassfed Association • USDA Certified Grass (Forage) Fed • Certified Humane Raised and Handled • Food Alliance Certified • Animal Welfare Approved
For each label, there are details on five criteria:
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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