Public Comment Period

Food Products Standards for review: May 5 to July 15, 2015

At Green America’s Green Business Network, we periodically review our standards for evaluating companies that apply for Green Business Certification. We are soliciting feedback on these standards now and anyone may comment.

Please read before commenting:

  • The standards and the Green Business Certification were created for small businesses with fewer than 50 staff.
  • When commenting, please refer to the numbers listed in the standards and be as specific and detailed as possible.
  • You are welcome to include URLs or other information for reference, but we are not accepting attachments as part of this process.
  • We will consider each comment received.
  • We will email all commenters when the new standard is published online.
  • We do not accept anonymous comments and request that companies and organizations commenting identify themselves as such.

How to Comment

Please read the proposed update to the Food Products Standards as follows.

Then select Comment on Our Standards at the end of the page to open up a webform for feedback. You may also email us at [email protected]

Food Products Standards

Restored and Protected Environment

  • At least half of ingredients, product line, or revenues are from one of these categories:
    • USDA Organic
    • Grown within 100 miles of production/processing/packaging site
    • Certified fair trade
  • If ingredients include cottonseed, canola, soy, corn, papaya, zucchini or crook-neck squash, they are likely genetically modified and therefore ineligible unless verified as USDA Organic or non-GMO
  • Pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers are non-toxic to animals and people, pesticides applied sparingly and not on a preventative basis
  • Packaging is either reusable or made from recycled materials

Social and Economic Justice 

  • Must include an accurate and complete ingredient list, including when products are only sold online
  • Ensure that no child or forced labor is used in planting, harvest and processing and that workers are paid either the legal minimum or prevailing wage, whichever is higher
  • If the following foods are sold directly or used as a primary ingredient, they must be either fair trade certified or an explanation must demonstrate how fair trade principles are upheld in production:
    • Chocolate
    • Coffee
    • Olive oil
    • Sugar
    • Black or green tea
  • No artificial colors allowed

Care of Animals

  • Use of Combined Animal Feeding Lots, as defined here, prohibited
  • Slaughter conditions maximize fast and painless, including transportation and hold pre-slaughter
  • Slaughter house workers are paid a living wage and have access to appropriate safety gear
  • Animals feed 100% non-GM grains
  • Livestock grazes on pasture
  • Eggs must come from free-range chickens per this definition
  • No growth hormones
  • Antibiotics used sparingly and not on a preventative basis
  • Honey and beeswax produced and processed locally
  • Honey extraction minimizes hive mortality

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