A Brief Guide to Meat and Dairy Labels and their Relevance to Animal Welfare - http://www.hsus.org/farm/resources/pubs/meat_and_dairy_labels.html
This guide will clue you in to the meaning of terms found on meat and dairy product labels, such as certified organic, certified humane, free-range, cage-free, vegetarian-fed, grain-fed, hormone-free, pasture-raised and grass-fed. The site includes links to related material about egg carton labels.
Eco-Labels: The Consumers Union Guide to Environmental Labels - http://www.eco-labels.org
This site explains environmental product labels such as bird-friendly, cruelty free, fair trade certified, certified organic and USDA Organic. You can browse labels by name, logo design or product. The site includes a glossary, periodic updates and reports, trivia questions and other product labeling materials.
FDA Acts to Provide Better Information to Consumers on Trans Fats - http://www.fda.gov/oc/initiatives/transfat
Find documents related to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s regulation requiring manufacturers to list trans fatty acids, or trans fat, on the nutrition facts panel of foods and some dietary supplements. The site includes questions and answers about trans fatty acids (the fats found in many processed desserts and snack foods) and details about the FDA regulation.
FDA Food Labeling and Nutrition - http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/label.html
This site from the Food and Drug Administration contains information about the nutrition facts panel on food labels. You’ll also find articles on nutrition and health, industry labeling guidance, regulations and compliance information and legal requirements for health and nutrient content claims.
FDA Issues Draft Documents on the Safety of Animal Clones - http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2006/NEW01541.html
This document from 2006 details a draft Food and Drug Administration risk assessment finding "that meat and milk from clones of adult cattle, pigs and goats, and their offspring, are as safe to eat as food from conventionally bred animals." The site also notes that "due to limited data on sheep clones, FDA recommends that sheep clones not be used for human food.”
Oceans Alive: Eat Smart - http://www.oceansalive.org/home.cfm
This site from Environmental Defense features a list of smart seafood choices that are healthy for you and are good for the oceans. It also has a link to 25 eco-tips for divers, fishers and boaters. Click on the Eat Smart link and you’ll find recipes, an evaluation of fish oil supplements and a buying guide.
The True Food Shopping Guide - http://www.truefoodnow.org/shoppersguide
Find out which foods, by brand, have genetically engineered ingredients and which foods are currently being tested by the biotech industry in experimental trials. This site offers alternatives to genetically engineered food and information about labeling.
Vegetable Research & Information Center - http://vric.ucdavis.edu
Vast quantities of information related to vegetables can be found at this site, from the University of California Cooperative Extension. Browse crops from artichokes to watermelon, or browse topics such as compost, food safety, fertilizer, post-harvest, pests, biotechnology or soil.