We all recognize this little seal. It’s on a lot of our foods we buy (whether you buy organic or not). You’ll find it mostly on food cartons such as; coffee, chocolate, teas, fruit, flowers, and even furniture. It must mean something good…but what exactly?
What this cute little frog means is that the ingredients found inside the items you’re buying either came from or has ingredients that have been sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms and/or forests.
For a forest or farm to become Rainforest Alliance Certified, they must follow very strict environmental, social, and economic criteria set by SAN (Sustainable Agricultural Network). SAN is the “oldest and largest” non-profit organization. They conserve and promote agricultural sustainability in areas such as America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. The criteria in place is set to protect wildlife, soils and waterways, and workers. It enables long term sustainability.
According to the Rainforest-Alliance.org, when SAN does their audits (surprise audits as well) to the farms who are Rainforest Alliance Certified, they check that the following criteria:
- Sustain or add tree cover
- Sustain soil quality and prevent erosion
- Protect wildlife
- Ensure the well-being of workers and their families by facilitating access to education and healthcare
Now you have a little more background in what this cute little emblem means. For more information, please visit the Rainforest Alliance website at; www.Rainforest-Alliance.org and Sustainable Agricultural Network at; www.SAN.ag. Sign up for their newsletter, donate, and stay informed.
~ Kari Clift, Earth-Chic blogger, wife, and mother.
Rainforest Alliance Certified. (2015). www.rainforest-alliance.org
Sustainable Agriculture Network. (2015) www.san.ag