Know Your Eco-Definitions

What’s in a name? Everything when it comes to understanding your eco-food and wine choices Here’s a rundown of some of the more common designations you’ll see on agricultural products.

Sustainable. The legal definition of sustainable agriculture is in U.S. Code (Title 7, Section 3103), but translates to an integrated system of plant and animal production practices that consider environmental health, economic profitability, and social and economic equity. The tangible manifestation is food and fiber production that “meets humanity’s needs.” But, more than a set of physical practices and functions, it relies on a sort of honor system—stewardship of human resources and social responsibility: quality of

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