The multitude of food labels & certifications can be confusing. Corporations know that concerned consumers want assurance that their food is sourced ethically and sustainably. Unfortunately, not all labels are created equal.
How do you sort the fact from fiction and get to the bottom of how your food is produced? Fortunately, there are several legitimate certifications that have high standards for animal welfare and environmental practices. These typically ensure compliance through audits and inspections.
Below is a comprehensive list of common food labels, rated on how well they adhere to the standards they claim to ensure. The ratings also account for how well the label guarantees good overall applicable environmental practices, animal stewardship, and/or human well-being. (Details on how we rated the labels are at the bottom of each section.)
From now on, when you see a label you aren’t sure about, you can consult this helpful, alphabetical list that is grouped into three categories (environmental concerns, animal welfare, and human well-being). Keep a printed copy with your reusable grocery bags or access the list from your phone.
Download your Food Labels Guide here or view them by category below.