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Not All Those Fancy Labels On Your Groceries Are Created Equal. A New Resource Identifies The Good And The Bad Apples.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With Thanksgiving and the holiday season around the corner, Green America released a valuable guide for consumers navigating the cornucopia of vague and often confusing food labels. "The ABCs of Food Labeling" is a guide to help consumers understand which labels certify food that was produced with adherence to a set of verifiable criteria, and which labels are just cheap marketing ploys. As it turns out, many of the labels and certifications mean a lot less than you think!

The new guide covers labels for animal welfare, environmental and health concerns, labor conditions, and the presence of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). The guide rates each label with one through five stars, and evaluates impacts on environment and human health, whether the label represents a clearly defined legal or regulatory standard and whether the standards set forth by the label are subjected to third-party certification or audit.

"Purchasing foods with meaningful labels is a critical way to support socially and environmentally responsible food production," said Anna Meyer, the food campaigns director at Green America. "Autumn is a season of great eating and great cooking! Keep a printed copy of the ABCs of Food Labeling with your reusable grocery bags or access the list from your phone."

The guide also offers helpful tips and interesting facts, including:

"The ABCs of Food Labeling" is available for free download at https://www.greenamerica.org/abcs-food-labels.

Green America is the nation's leading green economy organization. Founded in 1982, Green America provides the economic strategies, organizing power and practical tools for businesses and individuals to solve today's social and environmental problems. http://www.GreenAmerica.org


SOURCE Green America, Washington, D.C.

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