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Common Certifications The certifications listed below are a sample of some of the terminology you may come across when trying to make informed eating decisions for your family. This is by no means a complete list, but a great starting point. Biodynamic: biodynamics.com An organic agriculture practice, which considers the farm as a whole organism and employs various plant preparations and techniques to grow nutritious, ecologically based foods. Methods unique to biodynamics include the use of fermented herbal and mineral preparations as compost and field sprays, and an astronomical sowing and planting calendar. Dolphin Safe: earthisland.org/dolphinSafeTuna Earth Island International “Dolphin Safe” certification requires that tuna companies meet the following standards: no encirclement of dolphins or other marine mammals during an entire fishing trip, no accidental deaths or serious injuries to any dolphins, and no use of drift gill nets. Food Alliance: foodalliance.org As a third-party certifier, the Food Alliance distinguishes foods produced by farmers, ranchers, and food processers who use environmentally and socially responsible practices while educating consumers about the food system. Grass-fed: Americangrassfed.org American Grass-fed Association certification states ruminant animals (cattle, sheep, etc.) have continuous access to pasture during the growing season and are fed a lifetime diet of forage (grasses and hay-like grasses). Animals are never treated with hormones or antibiotics. Humanely Raised and Handled: certifiedhumane.com Certified Humane Raised and Handled label means that an egg, dairy, meat or poultry product has been produced with the welfare of the farm animal in mind. Animals must be raised with shelter, resting areas, sufficient space, the ability to engage in natural behaviors, and given no antibiotics or hormones. LIVE (Low Input Viticulture & Enology): liveinc.org LIVE is a non-profit organization providing education and certification for vineyards using international standards of sustainable viticulture in wine grape production. Naturally Grown: naturallygrown.org Naturally Grown is an alternative to the USDA’s organic certification program. This label applies to small, direct-market farms who follow the same guidelines as certified organic farms. Predator Friendly: predatorfriendly.com Through pasture management strategies, guardian animals such as dogs and llamas, and vigilant observation, Predator Friendly® producers reduce the risk of conflict between livestock and wildlife. Certified farms and ranches use humane practices to keep livestock safe and wildlife alive. Salmon Safe: salmonsafe.org Salmon-Safe is a 501(c)3 agricultural and urban certification non-profit focused on the restoration of Northwest salmon watersheds. Salmon-Safe certified farms, vineyards, orchards, and dairies meet rigorous standards for protection of water quality and habitat as well as the conservation of native biodiversity. USDA Certified Organic: ams.usda.gov/NOP The USDA certifies food that is organically grown, harvested, preserved, or processed without pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, toxic inputs, irradiation, or genetically modified organisms. The USDA designates private and state agencies to inspect and certify organic food. Oregon Tilth Certified Organic: tilth.org Oregon Tilth is a not-for-profit organization accredited by the USDA for certifying agricultural producers and product manufacturers of their organic status. Oregon Tilth is nationally known and respected for their robust organic certification process including strict production standards, on-site inspections, and legally binding contracts. Thank you to Willamette Food and Farm Coalition for sharing practice and certification overviews