Food Products: General

Green Business Standard

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

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Restored & 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
    • Non-GMO if the company demonstrates that it is moving towards the elimination of chemical herbicides and fertilizers.
  • For tea and coffee, information on how pesticides and herbicides are minimized in every step of production and growing
  • If any non-organic ingredients include cottonseed, canola, soy, corn, zucchini or crook-neck squash- might are likely genetically modified therefore ineligible (required)
  • 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 & Economic Justice

  • 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
  • Use of fair trade ingredients where possible, olive oil and sugar (preferred)
  • If using coffee, tea or chocolate as a primary ingredient or selling them directly, either fair trade certified or an explanation of how fair trade principles are upheld in production
  • Labeled with or accompanied by information on appropriate use relative to diet and personal health concerns (preferred)

Care of animals; all required if animal products are sold, including eggs and dairy and honey or beeswax

  • Use of Combined Animal Feeding Lots, as defined here, prohibited. (Required)
  • 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 non- GM grains.
  • Livestock grazes on pasture (required)
  • Eggs must come from free-range chickens per this definition (required)
  • No growth hormones
  • Antibiotics used sparingly and not on a preventative basis
  • Honey and beeswax produced and processed locally
  • Honey extraction minimizes bee mortality

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

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