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BUYING  GUIDE



Eggs:

 “The accompanying organic egg scorecard rates companies that market name-brand and private-label organic ‘shell’ eggs based on 22 criteria that are important to organic consumers. The scorecard showcases ethical family farms, and their brands, and exposes factory farm producers and brands in grocery store coolers that threaten to take over organic livestock agriculture.  Some of the factory farm operators literally raise millions of birds (both conventional and organic) with as many as 85,000 “organic” hens in single buildings.

 

With this Web-based rating tool, you can see which brands of eggs found in your region are produced using the best organic farming practices and ethics. Based on more than a year’s research into the organic egg business, the scorecard rates almost 70 different name-brand eggs and additional private-label products.”  -  The Cornucopia Institute  (www.cornucopia.org)

 

The Organic Egg Brand Scorecard - http://www.cornucopia.org/organic-egg-scorecard/

The Full Report - http://www.cornucopia.org/egg-report/scrambledeggs.pdf

 

  

Dairy:

“The Cornucopia Institute’s national survey of organic products in the dairy case showcases ethical family farm producers and exposes factory farm producers and brands that threaten to take over organic dairying. With this Web-based rating tool, you can see which brands and dairy products found in your region are produced using the best organic farming practices and ethics. Based on a year’s research into the organic dairy business, the scorecard rates approximately 110 different organic dairy brands and private-label products.”  - The Cornucopia Institute (www.cornucopia.org)

 

Organic Dairy Brand Ratings Scorecard - http://www.cornucopia.org/dairysurvey/index.html

 

The Full Report - http://cornucopia.org/dairysurvey/OrganicDairyReport/cornucopia_milkintregrity.pdf

 

 

SeaFood:

“Our Seafood Watch regional guides contain the latest information on sustainable seafood choices available in different regions of the U.S.  Our "Best Choices" are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways.  Seafood to "Avoid" are overfished and/or fished or farmed in ways that harm other marine life or the environment.” 

-       Monterey Bay Aquarium (www.montereybayaquarium.org)

 

All Regions Guide to Sustainable Seafood Choices - http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/SeafoodWatch/web/sfw_regional.aspx

 

Downloadable/Printable Pocket Guides - http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/download.aspx

 

Downloadable Sushi Guide - http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/content/media/MBA_SeafoodWatch_SushiGuide.pdf

 

 

 

Meat:

Check label section as definitions vary depending on animal  (or download iphone app from wspa)

Helpful buying guide:

          

                        A Step Forward          Even Better                  Best

 

Eggs                   Cage free                  Pasture Raised          Certified Humane

                                                          USDA Organic         American Humane Certified

                                                                                          Animal Welfare Approved

 

Dairy                  rBST-free or            Pasture Raised           Certified Humane

                           rBGH-free               USDA Organic        American Humane Certified

 

Chicken            Free Range                 Pasture Raised          Certified Humane

                                                          USDA Organic         American Humane Certified

                                                          Heritage Breed          Animal Welfare Approved

 

Turkey              Free Range                 Pasture Raised          Certified Humane

                                                          USDA Organic         American Humane Certified

                                                          Heritage Breed          Animal Welfare Approved

 

Goose/Duck       Free Range                 Pasture Raised

                                                          USDA Organic

 

Beef                  Grass Fed                   Free Range               Certified Humane

                                                          Pasture Raised          American Humane Certified

                                                           USDA Organic         Animal Welfare Approved

                                                                                            Grass-Finished

 

Lamb                Grass Fed                   Free Range               Certified Humane

                                                          Pasture Raised          American Humane Certified

                                                          USDA Organic         Animal Welfare Approved

 

Pork                 Free Range                 Pasture Raised          Certified Humane

                                                          USDA Organic         American Humane Certified

                                                                                          Animal Welfare Approved





Restaurants:

The WSPCA (http://www.wspa-usa.org) offers a national guide to restaurants offering at least one humanely-raised food item on their menu.

 

Restaurant Guide - http://www.eathumane.org/

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