Understanding the ‘Green’ Labels on our Foods

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These days there are so many different kinds of labels on our foods, that it’s really difficult to remember or understand what they all mean.
Most of us strive to leave smaller carbon footprints on the earth than we’ve previously done, but how do we know that we’re taking the right steps where our foods is concerned.

Here’s a list of the eco labels and a short definition of what they mean.

Farm Fresh

Supermarkets charge more for farm fresh products than for their standard stock because technically, these products should’ve come directly from a farm.
However, there are no guarantees that the supply chain, from the time the product left the farm, to the time it got to your plate, was the shortest one possible. It could’ve taken days, or could even have been flown in.
If you’re going to spend that extra cash to get farm fresh products, you might as well spend it wisely and buy directly from a farm shop, or get them delivered to you for free. There are quite a number of operations like this in my area – and they come with free delivery.

Organic

There are rigid guidelines controlling organic products. Legally, there should be no man-made pesticides used, and animals have to be treated well and given space and natural time to grow.
Organic products are more or less the same, nutritionally. They would have the same amount of fats – for example – as non-organic foods. However, the customer can rest assured that the extra cost for opting to by organic foods is worth it. You are not exposed to potentially harmful pesticides, and you can be sure that the meat you eat, were not once force-fed or injected with fast-growing hormones.

Sustainable

This is used to label fish and seafood, and should tell you where and how the foods were caught. If you have a choice, buying this type of fish and seafood is the best one to make, since it means that first of all, they are not under threat in the area in which they were caught, and secondly, that their journey from the sea to the store can be properly traced. This means that you’re getting good quality fish and seafood, while helping the environment at the same time.


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3 comments:

lizzie March 27, 2009 at 7:50 PM  

Very interesting information. I am as careful about what I put into my body as I am about what I put into my mind! We should all examine things a bit more closely.

Anne Lyken-Garner April 1, 2009 at 12:24 PM  

Thanks for the visit and the comment, Lizzie

Leigh Russell April 16, 2009 at 12:09 AM  

You're right, all this labelling is complicated, Anne.

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Anne Lyken-Garner is a published author, editor and freelance writer. Her specialities include relationships and confidence building. You can find her inspirational memoir here.
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