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Whole Foods Announces Sustainability Rating For Produce

Do you know what impact your produce has on the environment or the lives of the workers who farmed it? Whole Foods wants to help inform you.

About half of the produce and flowers sold at Whole Foods will carry the new ratings.

Starting Wednesday, Whole Foods will rate its produce and fresh flowers based upon conservation methods, farm workers’ welfare and pesticide use.

Using the rating system Responsibly Grown, produce and flowers will be rated as “good,” “better” or “best.”

Responsibly Grown is a multifaceted rating system, including soil health, energy use, waste reduction, sustainable and healthy farming practices, water conservation, and sustainable pest management.

Whole Foods has been struggling profit-wise this year amid announcements Walmart would launch its own organic line and roll out their own sustainability effort.

Whole Foods has supported this effort by reaffirming the company’s commitment to transparency into where food comes from.

Read More:

  • Whole Foods to Rate Its Produce and Flowers for Environmental Impact (New York Times)
  • Whole Foods Will Now Tell You How Organic Their Veggies Are (TIME)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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