14 Sustainable Food Companies You Can Trust

For consistently healthy, conscientious products, try these 14 sustainable food companies—selected for their health, environmental and social attributes.

| July/August 2012

Shopping for healthy, responsibly produced food can be a challenge. From confusing labels and long lists of complex ingredients to loose government regulation, identifying the foods that are truly good for our families and the environment can be a tricky proposition. Some companies, however, have made their business out of offering reliably healthy products that prioritize the health of their customers, their producers and the environment. In looking to identify such sustainable food companies, we partnered with the folks at GoodGuide, an organization that rates hundreds of companies on their health, sustainability and social attributes. We asked GoodGuide to offer us their top picks for national food companies that offer a wide range of products—focusing on those that offer healthy items and avoiding companies owned by larger parent companies that may not be doing as much good. This time, we aimed to include a wide range of products—in the future, we plan to offer more specific lists of companies that offer healthy foods in certain categories. Don’t see one of your favorite sustainable food companies on this list? Have a food category you’d like to see covered? Email us your thoughts at food@nhandg.com.

Grounds for Change

Overview: A family-owned and operated coffee-roasting company in the Pacific Northwest, Grounds for Change is committed to providing a sustainably, fairly produced product that benefits the environment, its farmers and its consumers. The company’s mission is “to support social equity and environmental sustainability through fair trade, organic, shade-grown coffee.”

Health: Certified organic; grown by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and conservation

Environment: Purchases 100 percent renewable energy for facilities; offsets 100 percent of nonrenewable energy used in business operations and transportation; uses 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper; donates jute coffee bags to local organic farms for use in erosion control; a percentage of profits goes toward the Northwest Shade Coffee Campaign, Save Our Wild Salmon and CarbonFund.org; shade-grown coffee prevents the clear-cutting of forest

Social: Fair trade certified, meaning products are grown by farmers who receive a fair price for their harvest, work under safe working conditions, and are able to invest in social and business development projects such as scholarship programs and health- care services

Products: Organic, shade-grown, fair trade coffee; website also offers fair trade, organic tea and chocolate

7/9/2014 11:51:55 AM

Eden Organics is not a trustworthy company and according to comments below, neither are some of the others on the list. Makes the entire list suspect!

7/9/2014 2:04:35 AM

I’m appalled that Eden foods is on your list. Eden Foods CEO is opposed to contraception and petitioned the courts for permission to use their owner’s religious beliefs to discriminate against women. Eden’s CEO, Michael Potter, said he was “grateful” for the court’s decision, while calling President Obama a “dictator” who wants to take away Americans’ rights. This is not a socially conscious company. This is a right wing company that wants to turn the clock back on women’s rights.

7/8/2014 7:54:17 PM

Please read this article, and how very specifically Michael Potter, who is getting rich when you buy his Eden Organics products, is and has for some time, tried to deny women access to certain healthcare services because of his own personal religious beliefs: http://watchdogwire.com/michigan/2014/07/07/scotus-rules-for-eden-foods-hhs-mandate-challenge/ While I have purchase Eden Organics products in the past, I certainly will never spend another dime to enrich someone that believes he has the right to mandate other people's lives based on his personal religious faith.

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