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Food Alliance Certification

To receive a Food Alliance Certification, a farmer or rancher must meet a variety of social, environmental, and health standards such as safe and fair working conditions, humane treatment of animals, soil and water conservation, and wildlife habitat protection.

The certification process involves site inspection by a third-party organization, so the Food Alliance label is meaningful and verified. To receive certification, no hormones or non-therapeutic antibiotics, such as those used for weight gain and disease prevention in many factory farms, may be given to animals. Genetically modified seeds or crops are prohibited. Highly toxic pesticides are prohibited and farmers are expected to reduce heavy chemical use by switching to Integrated Pest Management systems.

Food Alliance certified farmers must continually improve practices by setting goals to make their farming practices more sustainable. To have their certification renewed after three years, farmers and ranchers must show progress in reaching these goals.

Food handling facilities may also be Food Alliance certified by using only Food Alliance certified ingredients, not using artificial colors, additives, or preservatives, providing safe and fair working conditions, conserving water and energy, reducing and recycling waste, reducing toxic and hazardous material use, and setting goals to continually improve practices.

This label can be found on fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, dairy products, grains, and frozen and canned foods.

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