Certified Naturally Grown: Produce

Certified Naturally Grown Label

This label was started by farmers who did not want to go through USDA organic certification requirements.  The label generally follows the USDA organic standards but the verification is done by CNG farmers instead of independent certifiers.

Requires Verification/Inspection

FoodPrint Label Criteria

Crop Production

Produced without industrial pesticides
Produced without synthetic (uncontrolled release) fertilizer or sewage sludge fertilizers
GMOs prohibited
Antibiotics prohibited on crops
Biodiversity required
Soil health monitored/measured for improvement over time (soil biome, carbon sequestration, etc)

Worker Welfare

Standards and protections for workers on farm
Fair/living wages ensured
Health care insurance ensured
Food Label Glossary

For explanations of some of these technical terms, like “rotational grazing” or “sewage sludge fertilizers,” please visit our glossary.

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