The following three labels were created based off the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). A restaurant or dish is awarded one of these icons if they source food certified with one of the sustainability labels listed under the icon.
Certified Bird Friendly coffee: this certification requires that the coffee is grown organically under a canopy of native trees, which avoids clear cutting, preserves migratory bird habitat, and improves carbon sequestration.
Bird Friendly Coffee
Certified Local Sustainable (Local Food Plus): this non-profit organization set specific standards for sustainable farming that “balance economic, social and environmental considerations.” These include avoiding growth hormones, synthetic pesticides/fertilizers and reduce greenhouse emissions.
The Land Food People Foundation
International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements: a non-profit organization that created a globally accepted standard for organic. Their mission is to promote more than just organic foods, but to also advance health, ecology, fairness, and care.
International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements
Demeter Certified Biodynamic: “a comprehensive organic farming method that requires the creation and management of a closed system minimally dependent on imported materials, and instead meets its needs from the living dynamics of the farm itself.”
European Union Organic: focuses on the entire supply chain to ensure every link along the chain adheres to strict regulations. They seek to indorse environmental protection, food quality, animal welfare and consumer confidence.
European Union Organic
Food Alliance Certified: this non-profit organization developed comprehensive sustainability standards for the products, producers, and handlers. This includes banning GMOs/artificial flavors/preservatives, creating safe and fair working conditions, and reducing energy/water consumption.
Food Alliance Certified
Marine Stewardship Council Blue Seafood: this independent, non-profit organization works with fisheries, scientists, conservation groups and stakeholders to set strict sustainability standards for fisheries.
Marine Stewardship Council
Monterey Bay Seafood Watch “Best Choice” Seafood: is a consumer guide that labels fish species with a red, yellow or green tag that indicates the sustainability level of the fish’s specific supply chain. Green indicates the most sustainably caught and handled fish.
Monterey Bay Seafood Watch
Protected Harvest Certified: this third party organization “certifies that a producer has met region and crop-specific standards, as approved by its Sustainability Council.”
Protected Harvest Certified
Rainforest Alliance Certified: “The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and improve livelihoods by promoting and evaluating the implementation of the most globally respected sustainability standards in a variety of fields.”
Rainforest Alliance Certified
USDA Certified Organic: “USDA defines specific organic standards that cover the product from farm to table, including soil and water quality, pest control, livestock practices, and rules for food additives.”
USDA Certified Organic
Ecocert Fair Trade: requires their 10 K.O. (Knock-Out) sustainability criteria, which includes no practices violating human dignity, safe working conditions, and no actions threatening endangered species.
Fair Trade Certification Program
Fair Food Standards Council: currently applied to Floridian tomato workers, this council seeks to advance basic worker human-rights by requiring improvements to worker safety and worker income.
Fair Food Standards
Fair for Life: this certification mandates strict social and fair trade practices adapted to each local producer’s community. Transparent reporting increases their credibility.
Fair for Life
Fairtrade: a non-profit global organization that works with 1.2 million farmers in over 70 countries to promote sustainable farming, protect worker safety and make sure workers are fairly compensated.
FairWild Certified: this organization is dedicated to creating a framework for trading that requires application of sustainable wild plant collection, fair business transactions, and positively influences consumer decisions.
Food Justice Certified: “a label based on high-bar social justice standards for farms, processors, and retailers… ensuring fair treatment of workers, fair pricing for farmers, and fair business practices.” To qualify, 95% of the dry ingredient weight must meet FJC standards.
Food Justice Certfified
Small Producers’ Symbol: this initiative promotes sustainable growing/harvesting practices and fair prices to benefit the environment small communities in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Small Producers' Symbol
American Grassfed Association: this association set standards that require free range, grass-fed diets, and no antibiotics/hormones used on farm animals in addition to promoting healthy consumer diets.
American Grassfed Association
American Humane Certified: as the first welfare certification program in America, this organization works to ensure humane treatment of farm animals by creating standards that improve animal living conditions.
American Humane Certified
Animal Welfare Approved: this certification works “to maximize practicable, high-welfare farm management with the environment in mind” by setting strict animal welfare standards.
Animal Welfare Approved
Certified Humane Raised and Handled: “a national non-profit charity whose mission is to improve the lives of farm animals by providing viable, credible, and duly monitored standards for humane food production.”
Global Animal Partnership: a specific 5–step structure that “promotes and facilitates continuous improvement in animal agriculture, encourages animal welfare friendly farming practices, and better informs consumers.”
Global Animal Partnership