Fact Sheet: Common Food Production Practices and Their Unique Contributions to the Food Supply
Increased interest in where our food comes from has led to more frequent use of common food production terms. Often, confusion reigns over the true meaning of these terms, which can lead to misinformed conclusions about the benefits of one type of food production versus another. Most food production terms have unique meanings, often defined by government regulations, and cannot be used interchangeably. In addition, certain food production methods are often presumed to produce more healthful or nutritious products, when in fact, the production method largely does not determine these traits of food.
This Fact Sheet provides definitions and explains key attributes of common food production methods, addresses common myths and questions pertaining to their safety and nutrition, and describes the legally permitted use(s) of food production terms, seals and/or logos on food packaging.