Food Products: General

Green Business Standard

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Earn Your Green Business Certification

If your food products or company meets our standards, get certified today.

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GA Seal 300wIncludes online stores for which food is 80% of sales; supplements

Restored & Protected Environment

Required

  • At least 50% of the product line or revenues have to be generated from certified organic products according to USDA standards
  • If any non-organic ingredients include cottonseed, canola, soy, corn, zucchini or crook-neck squash – might be genetically modified therefore ineligible
  • No pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers made with chemicals or treated sludge
  • No hormones or antibiotics (unless absolutely necessary in very rare cases)
  • 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 

Preferred

  • All environmentally friendly packaging (recycled, recyclable, etc.) 
  • Livestock eats organic grains
  • 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.
Social & Economic Justice

Required

  • Must include an accurate and complete ingredient list
  • Social and environmental mission and vision statement for your business on website
  • If importing ingredients or buying from non-local suppliers, ensure that no child labor is used in their planting and harvest
  • 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
  • No GMOs
  • Comprised primarily of whole foods, minimally processed

Care of animals

  • Livestock grazes on pastures 
  • Any eggs must come from free-range chickens 
  • Vegetarian food

Preferred

  • Use of fair trade ingredients where possible, particularly coffee, tea, olive oil and sugar
  • Ingredients are locally grown
  • Labeled with or accompanied by information on appropriate use relative to diet and personal health concerns

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