Food Products, General

Food Products: General

Restored and protected environment

  • At least 50% of the product line or revenues have to be generated from certified organic products according to USDA standards (required)
  • If any non-organic ingredients include cottonseed, canola, soy, corn, zucchini or crook-neck squash- might be genetically modified therefore ineligible (required)
  • No pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers made with chemicals or treated sludge (required)
  • No hormones or antibiotics (unless absolutely necessary in very rare cases) (required)
  • Livestock grazes on pastures (required)
  • Any eggs must come from free-range chickens (required)
  • All environmentally friendly packaging (recycled, recyclable, etc.) (preferred)
  • Livestock eats organic grains (preferred)

Social and economic justice

  • Must include an accurate and complete ingredient list (required)
  • Social and environmental mission and vision statement for your business on its website (required)
  • If importing ingredients or buying from non-local suppliers, ensure that no child labor is used in their planting and harvest
  • Use of fair trade ingredients where possible, particularly coffee, tea, olive oil and sugar (preferred)

Vibrant, inclusive local communities

  • Local, organic and fair trade have parity in food, but companies must explain their definition of “local” and what the affordability and accessibility issues are, if any (required)
  • No GMOs (required)
  • Ingredients are locally-grown (preferred)

Personal health, well-being and happiness

  • Comprised primarily of whole foods, minimally processed (required)
  • Products that are vegan, free-range, organic, sourced responsibly (preferred)
  • Labeled with or accompanied by information on appropriate use relative to diet and personal health concerns (preferred)

Care of animals from which your food is made, all required 

  • No CAFO like conditions
  • When animals are fed grain, at least half is GMO- free
  • Slaughter conditions maximize fast and painless, including transportation and hold pre- slaughter
  • Slaughter house workers are paid a living wage
  • Slaughter house workers have access to appropriate safety gear