New Good Groceries Guide Helps Consumers Make Better Choices

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NEW YORK, N.Y. — Today the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), Food Chain Workers Alliance, GRACE Communications Foundation, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, released the Good Groceries Guide, a digital resource to help consumers buy food that supports a healthier, more humane and fair food system.

Today’s consumers are increasingly concerned about where their food comes from, and for good reason. The rapid industrialization of our food system has led to widespread problems such as foodborne illnesses, worker exploitation, animal abuse, and environmental degradation.

“The exploitation of farm animals, food workers and the environment that we see every day in our food system can be overwhelming,” said Daisy Freund, Director of ASPCA’s Farm Animal Welfare Program. “While opting out may seem incredibly difficult, finding food from better sources can often just be a matter of knowing what to look for. The Good Groceries Guide will empower consumers with the knowledge to make every purchase a vote for a more humane, sustainable and accountable food system.”

The Good Groceries Guide helps consumers differentiate between meaningful and meaningless labels when it comes to animal welfare, health, the environment, and worker treatment. The guide also provides suggestions on how to help reduce food waste, the importance of buying in-season produce, and how to demand more humane, fair, and healthy options at grocery stores, among other topics.

“The food system is the largest employer in the United States, with 21.5 million workers who make up 14 percent of all workers in this country,” said Joann Lo, Co-Director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance. “The problems facing food workers are often intertwined with health, the environment, and animal welfare, and this Good Groceries Guide helps consumers address all of these issues, to the benefit of our communities and our food system.”

“Purchasing locally grown, seasonal foods helps support local farms and maintains farmland and open space in your community,” said Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., Chief Science Advisor with GRACE. “People want to know where their food comes from and how it was produced. The Good Groceries Guide can be a helpful resource.”

“The seemingly small decisions we make in the grocery aisles can have a big impact on the world we live in,” said Jonathan Kaplan, director of the Food and Agriculture program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “From fighting the spread of antibiotic-resistant infections, to conserving water, and curbing climate change—our food choices can make a difference. This guide can help people shop to support a better future for our children and grandchildren—over the holiday season and all year long.”

For more information and to download/access the Good Groceries Guide click here.

About the ASPCA 

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Food Chain Workers Alliance

The Food Chain Workers Alliance is a coalition of worker-based organizations whose members plant, harvest, process, pack, transport, prepare, serve, and sell food, organizing to improve wages and working conditions for all workers along the food chain. The Alliance works together to build a more sustainable food system that respects workers’ rights, based on the principles of social, environmental and racial justice, in which everyone has access to healthy and affordable food. Currently, FCWA has 31 members representing roughly 340,000 food workers in the US and Canada. Visit www.foodchainworkers.org for more info and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About GRACE Communications Foundation

GRACE Communications Foundation develops innovative strategies to increase public awareness of the critical environmental and public health issues created by our current industrial food system, and to advocate for more sustainable alternatives. By developing tools, building partnerships and mobilizing philanthropic resources, the Foundation promotes consumer actions and public policies that support sustainable food production. For more information, visit www.sustainabletable.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About the Natural Resources Defense Council

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 3 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world’s natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT, and Beijing. Visit us at www.nrdc.org and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.