Now more than ever, agencies and organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), European Council, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) are stressing the importance of trustworthy organic labels such as the “USDA Organic” seal in the United States.
Similarly, organic food certification bodies are working hard to ensure that consumers can distinguish between up-to-standard organic farmers and greenwashers. The latter of which would be happy to add a vague, green-colored “100% eco-friendly” tag on their product and call it a job well done.
Support certified organic agriculture by being on the lookout for these organic food labels and certifications:
USDA Certified Organic (USA)
Protected by federal regulation and overseen by the National Organic Program in the United States, the USDA Certified Organic certifies organic methods of growing and preparing foods, from production to handling to labeling. In addition to the United States, this label can also be found on foods sold in Canada and is generally considered one of the most trustworthy organic food labels in North America.
NASAA Certified Organic (Australia)
Overseen by the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA), this organic label is protected by the Australian Government, as seen in the National Standard for Organic and Bio-Dynamic Produce.