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Fixing the “Natural” Label

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What's wrong with "natural"?

Media Coverage

"Natural" In the News

Widespread media coverage of our efforts to ban the "natural" label or define it in a meaningful way is raising awareness among consumers, and putting pressure on government agencies to take action.

Consumers Taking Action

What You Can Do

If you're looking for foods grown without the use of most synthetic pesticides, no GMOs, no antibiotics and limited artificial ingredients, leave foods labeled "natural" on the shelf and look for foods with the USDA Certified Organic label instead. 

Media Coverage

"Natural" In the News

Widespread media coverage of our efforts to ban the "natural" label or define it in a meaningful way is raising awareness among consumers, and putting pressure on government agencies to take action.

June 24, 2014

Citizen Petitions

In June 2014, we submitted citizen petitions to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration, asking the agencies to ban the "natural" label on the foods they regulate.

 

May 10, 2016

Our comment to the FDA

Consumer Surveys

Mercury in Fish Report

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Mercury in Fish Report

Almost all seafood contains mercury in varying amounts, and getting too much of it can damage the brain and nervous system. We are concerned that consumers who follow government guidelines for fish consumption without careful consideration of which species they are consuming could end up taking in too much mercury. We developed recommendations by analyzing Food and Drug Administration data, and created a list of lowest mercury fish, low mercury fish and higher mercury fish.

Pesticide Report

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From Crop to Table

Pesticides are unique among manufactured chemical products: they are designed to be toxic to living organisms and are applied to the foods we eat. The use of pesticides in agriculture can affect not only consumers who eat foods with residues, but also farmworkers, rural residents, wildlife and pollinators that are exposed when pesticides are used in the fields. Consumers can play a key role in reducing the use of pesticides in agriculture by buying foods grown without the use of industrial and toxic pesticides.

Buying Guide

Finding Produce with the Lowest Pesticide Residues

We always recommend organic produce as the best choice. When organic options are not available, our guide helps you find nonorganic produce with the lowest levels of harmful pesticides. Our guide is based on a number of factors: the amount and frequency of residues on a given food, the typical serving size of that food, the weight of the person consuming the food, and the toxicity of the pesticide as determined by the Environmental Protection Agency. 

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Understanding labels and pesticide use

There are many labels that can help you make better choices when it comes to how farms and pesticide use are managed. We created a table to show which labels are verified and which labels are backed by meaningful standards that prohibit or limit the number of toxic pesticides. The table also shows whether the standards allow, prohibit or restrict the use of 18 specific pesticides of concern. 

Shrimp Report

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Shrimp Report

In the US, shrimp is the single most popular seafood item. Our shrimp report discusses common conventional practices for raising or harvesting shrimp and its impacts on public health, workers, wildlife and the environment. We also tested shrimp for bacteria, antibiotic resistance, and drug residues.

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Understanding labels on shrimp

Labels can vary widely in how meaningful they are. If you're looking for sustainably produced or harvested shrimp, use our labels guide to inform your purchasing decisions.

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Beef Report

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Beef Report

In addition to being a popular food, beef can also be contaminated with bacteria that can make you sick. We tested beef for bacteria and antibiotic resistance, and found significant differences between conventionally produced beef and beef that was more sustainably produced (with no antibiotics, certified organic and/or grass-fed). In our report, we share our test results, discuss the intersection between sustainable beef production practices and food safety, and tell you which labels to look for when shopping for more sustainably produced beef.

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What Do Labels on Beef Really Mean?

Are you looking to buy beef from farms with high standards for animal welfare and environmental stewardship, but you're not sure where to begin? Labels can tell you the story behind the food, and we have reviewed the requirements behind the labels you're likely to see. Our labels chart will help you find out what labels really mean, so you can make informed decisions when shopping for beef.