NPR breaks down all the confusing labels at the grocery store, like what’s the difference between “all natural” and “organic”?
- Beware of ill-defined labels. It’s easy to call food “natural” or “sustainable,” because there’s no legal standard for what those words mean.
- An “organic” label does have a clear meaning, and it’s enforced. Organic food delivers environmental benefits, but the food itself may not be better for you.
- “Non-GMO” is not organic. The food was still grown with pesticides.
- If you want to be sure that your milk or eggs come from animals that got to live outdoors, look for a third party on the label, such as Animal Welfare Approved or American Grassfed Association — or organic.
- “Fair Trade” products deliver a little extra money to small farmers who are organized into cooperatives.
- Don’t let labels stress you out. When it comes to solving the world’s problems, your shopping decisions aren’t nearly as important as political decisions.