Eco-Label Programs for Michigan Farmers

Lia Spaniolo, a graduate student at Michigan State University, has recently put together a brochure, “Eco-Label Programs for Michigan Farmers,”  to assist farmers in determining which, if any, are appropriate and beneficial for their operations. It describes some more established labels, as well as some that are in development. It also has a checklist that summarizes the broad criteria embodied in each label.

Most of the 13 eco-labels summarized in this brochure are also available to farmers in other US states. These include: American Grassfed, American Humane Certified, Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane Raised & Handled, Certified Naturally Grown, Demeter Biodynamic, Domestic Fair Trade, Family Farmed, Food Alliance, Predator Friendly, Protected Harvest, Select Michigan, USDA Organic.

Here is a link to the brochure in pdf format:

http://www.msu.edu/%7Ehowardp/ecolabelspamphlet.pdf

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