Is the label verified?
Yes
Is the meaning of the label consistent?
Yes
Are the label standards publicly available?
Yes
Is information about the organization publicly available?
Yes
Is the organization free from conflict of interest?
Yes
Was the label developed with broad public and industry input?
Yes

This label can be found on: beef, dairy products, sheep and lamb, goat, bison

PROGRAM NAMECertified Grassfed by AGW is an optional additional certification to Animal Welfare Approved.

ORGANIZATION: Certified Grassfed by AGW is a program of A Greener World.

url: www.agreenerworld.org/solutions-and-certificates/certified-grass-fed/

LABEL STANDARDS: www.animalwelfareapproved.us/standards/grassfed/

 

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What this label means 

Why it matters 

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How meaningful is this label? 

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Is the label verified?

Yes.

The Certified Grassfed by AGW is an additional certification to Animal Welfare Approved certification. The Animal Welfare Approved program is ISO-17065 accredited and works with a team of auditors and certification staff who determine through yearly audits whether a farm meets the standards. The same auditors perform the Certified Grassfed by AGW audit.


Is the meaning of the label consistent?

Yes. 

Are the label standards publicly available?

Yes.

Standards are available at: www.animalwelfareapproved.us/standards/grassfed/

Is information about the organization publicly available?

Certified Grassfed by AGW is an additional certification of Animal Welfare Approved, a program of A Greener World.

Board of Directors: Yes. The members of the board of directors for A Greener World are listed on the website.

Financial information: Yes. As a 501(c)(3) organization, financial information is available.

Is the organization free from conflict of interest?

Yes. Certified Grassfed by AGW is an optional additional certification of the Animal Welfare Approved program, which is free from conflict of interest. 

Standards development: Yes. The organization has a conflict of interest policy that prohibits board members and staff from having an interest in a certified farm or operation. The Standards Board sets the Animal Welfare Approved standards, and includes at least one producer. As an ISO-17065 accredited certifying agency, the organization adheres to conflict of interest policies for standards development.

Verification:  Yes. The conflict of interest policy applies to anyone employed by the organization, including auditors on a contract basis.

Was the label developed with broad public and industry input?

Yes.

Standards development: The Certified Grassfed by AGW standards were developed by a team of standards writers at AGW with input from ruminant nutritionists and farmers who were already certified to the AWA standards and managing their livestock to 100% grassfed requirements. AWA certified farmers and the public were given the opportunity to review the draft of the standards and provide input.

Standards updates: Standards are updated annually based on auditor and producer feedback. The Standards Board carries out the standards updates. A draft of the updated standards will be posted online for public comment.