Tips for Consumers

Supporting a Sustainable Food System

Third party certification is one way to understand the practices a farmer is using. Check for third-party food certifications and educate yourself about their strengths and weaknesses. Some of the best out there include:

Click here to learn more about how to make educated food choices.

Some farmers choose not to use a third-party certification certify for financial or political reasons. This does not mean that they are not using organic or sustainable methods, or that you should not support them. It does mean that the responsibility lies with you to find out how they farm. Consider asking to visit farms to see exactly how the animals are raised and how produce is grown. Here are some questions you can ask your local farmer.

Visit the ASPCA’s guide to animal welfare certification for farmers here.

Click here for tips on finding local, sustainable food.

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