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)
  • Non-GMO certified is acceptable instead of USDA Organic IF the company demonstrates that it is moving towards the elimination of chemical herbicides and fertilizers
  • No pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers made with chemicals or treated sludge (required)
  • No hormones or antibiotics (unless absolutely necessary in very rare cases) (required)
  • All environmentally friendly packaging (recycled, recyclable, etc.) (preferred)
  • Livestock eats organic grains (preferred)
  • Use of a green office or facility, including resource reuse and maximum use of post-consumer recycled resources as well as maximum water and energy efficiency. This includes storm water management if companies have access to the exterior of their buildings or property. (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

  • Livestock grazes on pastures (required)
  • Any eggs must come from free-range chickens (required)


  • Vegetarian food