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DIY Detective: Food Label Edition

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Be a DIY nutritionist with these handy facts. Photo: Vegan.Org

Sure, you see the logo for Marine Stewardship's Council on your local market's salmon filet, but what does it all mean? Here, we'll walk you through four popular organic food labels, why they're great for you, and what they truly mean.

CERTIFIED VEGAN:
These products contain no animal ingredients or byproducts in its manufacturing, as well as contain no ingredients that have been tested on animals.

AMERICAN HUMANE CERTIFIED:
This label contains ingredients from farm animals that engage in normal behaviors, are not caged and are raised by employed trainers.

FOOD ALLIANCE CERTIFIED:
The Food Alliance certification ensures that food producers involved in the making of the product experienced safe and fair working conditions, reduced pesticide use and conserved energy and water.

FAIR TRADE CERTIFIED:
This label is most often found on coffees and/or teas and signifies that the growers received a fair, above-market price for their goods.

Next time you're in the grocery store, look for these important labels and make a difference --- the DIY way.



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