As farmers and food companies try to capture the local food dollars, they are labeling food products in a variety of ways to assist the consumer in making their choices. This has resulted in a growth in the labels attached to food. Or rather the words that are labeling your food. But what do these labels really mean? If there are official certification programs affiliated with a food label (such as ‘certified organic’) it is reasonable easy to figure out what that means. But what is if it is ‘natural’, or pasture raised or hormone free, these bring us into a whole other realm of food labels and confusion for the average shopper. Hobby Farms Magazine has a great article that helps to explain these food labels. Click on the link below to find out more about the words that are being used to describe the food you are interested in purchasing.
And remember regardless of where you are purchasing your food, it is ok to ask where it comes from and how it is grown. Your local farmer is more than happy to tell you about how they raise their products and if they have an open house at the farm, I would encourage you to visit so you can see for yourself.