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Sustainable jargon

(article, Culinate staff)

Deciphering food labels — on, say, a carton of eggs — can be frustratingly confusing. Some terms, such as "organic," have a legal meaning, while others, such as "sustainable," simply don't. As earnest farmers and producers try to figure out what true sustainability is, reports Rebekah Denn, many are moving away from labeling altogether. Which means that shoppers have to actually talk to purveyors, instead of just reading — and puzzling over — the labels.