Organic, But Not Certified: Are Alternative Produce Labels Legit?

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A number of new food labels tout ‘organic but uncertified’ claims. These labels, from organizations like Certified Naturally Grown and Food Alliance, straddle the line between the USDA’s certified organic label on one side and the wishy-washy “all natural” label on the other. So what are you really getting with these labels?

Hannah Wallace of Civil Eats explores the meaning behind the “Certified Naturally Grown” and the “Food Alliance” labels. She writes that while these labels are much less popular than the USDA’s certified organic label, they “[seem] to offer a similar, if slightly different level of transparency between eaters and farmers,” while also providing accessible and affordable certification costs for small growers.