What Can Consumers Do?

We live in a world full of information, which can be overwhelming at times. Here are some resources to help you break down what is in your food, to evaluate what marketers are telling you, and to choose what’s best for your family’s health.

Resources for Consumers:

Farmers MarketFair Farms is here to help you learn about where to find farmers and products that speak to your values and how to navigate your way through a confusing maze of labels. 

  • Know the Environmental Impacts of the Foods You Buy:
    • Eating with a Conscience database from Beyond Pesticides evaluates the impacts on the environment and farmworkers from toxic chemicals used on major food crops.
    • Water Reporter crowdsourcing app for Apple and Android allows you to self-report water quality and pollution.
    • Swim Guide app for Apple and Android shows water quality monitoring reports (by location) from Riverkeepers, Coastkeepers, Lakekeepers and affiliated groups.

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:

Some farmers choose not to use a third-party certification 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.

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