Food Products: General

Green Business Standard

Includes online stores for which food is 80% of sales; supplements

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Restored & Protected Environment

Required

  • At least half of ingredients are from one of these categories:
    • USDA Organic
    • Local (grown within 100 miles of production/ processing/ packaging site)
    • Fair trade certified
    • Non-GMO Project Verified if company can demonstrate transition towards sustainable agriculture and  elimination of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers
  • No ingredients from GMOs, including animal feedstocks.
  • Working towards reduction of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers on farms where ingredients are produced.
  • Use of Combined Animal Feeding Lots, as defined here, prohibited.
  • Slaughter conditions maximize fast and painless, including transportation and hold pre-slaughter.
  • No growth hormones, and antibiotics used sparingly and not on a preventative basis
  • Honey extraction minimizes bee mortality.
  • Packaging is either reusable or made from recycled materials.

Preferred

  • 100% of ingredients are from one of these categories:
    • USDA Organic
    • Local (grown within 100 miles of production/processing/packaging site)
    • Fair trade certified
    • Non-GMO Project Verified if company can demonstrate transition towards sustainable agriculture and elimination of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.
  • Residues and waste materials from harvest and processing are recycled, composted, or otherwise reused.
  • Participant in a sustainable agriculture initiative, organization, network, or coalition

Social & Economic Justice

Required

  • Must include an accurate and complete ingredient list where products are sold online. Each product must have its own ingredient list unless the only difference between products is package size.
  • Ensure that no child labor is used in planting, harvest and processing. For food that is not fair trade certified or produced locally compliance with the Fair Labor Association’s Code of Conduct
  • If using coffee, tea, chocolate, or olive oil as a primary ingredient or selling them directly, either fair trade certified or an explanation of how fair trade principles are upheld in production.

Preferred

  • Use of fair trade ingredients where possible.
  • Labeled with or accompanied by information on appropriate use relative to diet and personal health concerns.
  • Public health education and/or service for underserved communities.

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.

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