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What are the benefits to businesses using the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal?
What’s behind the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal?
Can farms that use pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) earn Rainforest Alliance certification?
Why does the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal sometimes appear with a notation like “minimum 30 percent certified content”?
Are there any Rainforest Alliance Certified farms in the United States?
Certifications and food labels are often criticized for being vague, misleading and used as a “green washing” tool for big corporations. What makes the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal any different?
What exactly is the Rainforest Alliance’s relationship with the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN)?
How does Rainforest Alliance Certification differ from Fairtrade?
How do you ensure that the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) Standard remains rigorous and up-to-date?
What if market prices go very low? Is there a safety net for farmers and farm workers?
What exactly is the relationship between the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Rainforest Alliance?
How is the Rainforest Alliance funded?
What are the benefits to businesses, farmers and foresters that are working with the Rainforest Alliance?
What is sustainable tourism?

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