Posts Tagged ‘Organic’

Trying to navigate through the sea of eco-labels

Ecolabel Index | Who’s deciding what’s green?.


I consider myself to be fairly informed at the point of sale, but I am someone who makes it a point to stay up to date with what labels mean what.  But I know that I am in a small majority who has the time and stamina to constantly do the research.  That said, I still find myself getting confused at the grocery store when I am bombarded at the egg section with seemingly conflicting messages: USDA Organic? Cage free? Antibiotic free? Hormone free? Free range? Certified humane? AHHH!! And those are just a few of the labels I can think of off hand for ONE category in the 40,000 square foot Whole Foods.

As our world inches towards the beginnings of a healthy and  sustainable food system, companies are jumping on the wagon, but with no universal standards or labeling (and more popping up all the time!), consumers can be overwhelmed.  Enter: The Ecolabel Index.  This agency out of Vancouver, BC “is the largest global database of ecolabels, currently tracking 327 ecolabels in 207 countries, and 40 industry sectors.”

So next time you have a big purchase to make (car, appliance, machinery etc), or just want to get some clarity for your next trip to the grocery store (food, cosmetics, household cleaners etc), first go to Ecolabel Index.  Even better, get your school or business to subscribe for more detailed information, but at the very least follow them on Twitter to keep up to date: @ecolabels

All About Organics

It’s a new year, and a perfect time to be a little more conscious about what food you put in your mouth and give to your family.  While I consider myself to be pretty food-savvy, I always like brushing up on the basics and learning just alittle bit more about the current broken state of the US food system.  Here’s a mini-preview:

Why We Should All Eat More Organic Food:

-It’s more nutritious

-It’s pure food, free of chemical additives

-It’s safer

etc…………………….

All About Organics- OCA’s Organic Resource Center.

The Ever-changing Organic Industry Structure

Phil Howard – Organic Industry.

Check out how much the “organic foods” industry has changed in recent history.  The power of the corporation is amazing, but especially in the food industry.  You think you are supporting a small producer that focuses on sustainability, and then you come to find out that they were just purchased by a huge conglomerate.  Does that change your view of the company? The product?

June 2009