Certified Naturally Grown: Produce

Certified Naturally Grown Food Label Guide

This label was started by farmers in order to offer a more affordable and navigable alternative to the USDA organic certification process.  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
Synthetic fertilizers or sewage sludge prohibited
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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