Important Food Labels

Choosing to transition the food we eat to non-GMO and organic would be the most effective way to ease into healthy changes, in my opinion. Rather than taking SO much time and upsetting yourself over all the different names of the same basic junk from corn, wheat, and soy used to create the common ingredients of American food, or trying to keep up with what is going on with the latest GMO label laws like which companies are going to remove one or another ingredient, etc. Don’t focus on bad  media . Redirect to positive, sustainable changes that can be made starting immediately – or as soon as you’re ready, but the sooner the better! I will make this as simple as possible, or as easy as 1, 2, 3. When shopping focus on the following 3 labels with my top reasons for choosing these labels that provide integrity from seed to shelf. For anyone getting started and easing into an organic diet, start with #1 and work to #3 – this will get you off to a really good start!

Food Label Accrediting Organization Top Reasons

Non GMO Project

Minimum 90% of sample tests must be non-GMO to receive seal

Only independent verification for products made according to EU best practices for GMO avoidance in US

Goal to reduce GMO contamination for farmers, processors & manufacturers

National Organic Program (NOP) – part of U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA) & National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).The NOSB is an advisory board of 15 volunteers made up of organic producers (farmers), organic handlers (processors), retailers, environmentalists, scientists & consumer advocates

Products labeled “100% Organic” must show an ingredients list

Products labeled “organic” must contain at least 95% organic ingredients and must contain an ingredient list that identifies organic, as well as non-organic ingredients

Products labeled “Made with Organic” must contain at least 70% certified organic ingredients with non-organic ingredients produced without excluded methods and must be specifically allowed on the National List

USDA Certification

International Organic Accreditation Service (IOAS)o

– EuropeanRecognition Programme (EU)

– ISO Guide 65

– Canadian Organic Regime (COR)

Conseil des appellations reservées et des termes valorisants (CARTV, Canada)

DEKRA

– ISO 14001

JAS through Japan-based, MAFF accredited partner EcoCert

Pioneer in the organic industry for more than 20 years

Leading advocate for certified organic production

Only USDA-accredited organic certifying agency able to offer joint certification to the British Retail Consortium (BRC), Safe Quality Food (SQF) and FSSC 22000 global food safety standards, which is required by many retailers.

Focusing on these three labels can really save you a headache and allow you to choose more nutritious food that reduces inflammation that causes diseases and illnesses that are too common today.

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