Pet & Livestock Food

Green Business Standard

Includes grain and hay grown for livestock/ animal feed and bedding; feed; supplements and medicine; treats and chews that are typically ingested

Earn Your Green Business Certification

If your pet & livestock food meet our standards, get certified today.

Get Certified

Restored & Protected Environment


  • No use of Genetically Modified Organisms
  • Ethical treatment of animals from which food is made
  • 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. 


  • Use of USDA Organic, fair trade or Demeter certified ingredients
  • Packaging made with post-consumer paper or plastic

Social & Economic Justice


  • Good working conditions for slaughter house workers (required for non-vegetarian petfood)
  • Complete ingredients listed in the package and online


  • Made with local ingredients

Standard Review

This standard was revised in 2015. We held a 45 day public comment period and solicited feedback on the standard from our Certified Green Businesses.

We also took guidance from the following organizations (does not imply endorsement):

  • Animal Welfare Approved
  • Business Alliance for Local Living Economies
  • Friends of the Earth
  • National Organic Program of the USDA
  • Non-GMO Project
  • Organic Consumers Association
  • World Fair Trade Organization and Fair Trade USA

This standard was again revised internally in 2017.

Certification Questions? Contact Us

15 + 5 =

Get Connected

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

Yes! Connect me to updates for green business and social enterprise from Green America's Green Business Network. Give me the latest news, events, tips, and trends.

This information will never be shared with third parties.