Definitions

Many customers have similar questions/concerns about a range of items from packaging to food to manufacturing. We do our best to answer the most common questions here.


What is Natural?

“Natural foods” and “all natural foods” are widely used terms with various meanings and no legal definition; see EVOL’s definition here.


What is Organic?

Food that is grown and produced without antibiotics, growth hormones, pesticides or bioengineering. Organic farmers use different agricultural practices that conserve water to enhance environment quality for future generations.


What does Cage-Free mean?

A cage-free chicken lives in an open room with ample space to stretch its wings and move around.


What does Free-Range mean?

A free-range chicken is raised with access to the outdoors and plenty of space to move around.


What does Humanely-Raised mean?

Animals have ample space, shelter and gentle handling to limit stress. They also have access to ample fresh water and a healthy diet of quality feed without added antibiotics or hormones. Animals are not confined to cages, crates and stalls and are free to do what comes naturally.


What is rBST?

Recombinant Bovine Somatotropin (also known as rBGH or rBST) is a genetically engineered drug produced by the Monsanto Corporation. It is injected into dairy cows to induce them to increase milk production, typically by 5-15%. It’s estimated that 15-20% of the cows in the United States are injected with this hormone. It was approved by the FDA in 1993.


What is a GMO?

A genetically modified organism (GMO) or genetically engineered organism (GEO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques by the inclusion of foreign genetic material or by the alteration of some DNA. The foreign material may come from other individuals of the same or a different species, or it may be synthetic.


How do I compost?

If you are lucky, you might live in one of the US cities that offers curbside compost pickup. If you don’t, you are still in luck because it is easy to turn your compostable discards into a beautiful garden! Check out these Wiki photos & video on how to compost and send us your ideas on how to reduce, reuse and recycle. Happy composting!