FAQs- Frequently asked Customer Questions

1. Does Food For Thought use Michigan Ingredients?
We strive to source locally as much as possible. We work with intentional ingredients and have on-going relationships with Michigan farmers. However, while, for example, we’d love to support Michigan sugar producers, 100% of the Michigan sugar beet crop is genetically modified. Occasionally there are times, such as crop failures or a lack of sustainable local sources, that do require us to go out of state for some fruits and vegetables.

2. Why Organic?
In short, organic foods and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or ionizing radiation. Organic farms and food producers are also required to foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity in their practices. For more detailed information, please see our website: https://foodforthought.net/about/organic/

3. What are GMOs?
GMO stands for “genetically modified organism.” It’s a way of splicing DNA to incorporate characteristics of non-compatible species into a food product, such as crossing a fish with an apple.

4. What’s wrong with GMOs?
The jury is still out on the safety and their impact on the environment is yet to be adequately tested. Despite being legal, we choose to not include them in our food products. We also strongly support your right as a consumer to know if GMOs are used in your food and our right to tell you. Unfortunately, legislation passed in 2016 makes it more difficult for consumers to get access to this information. Therefore we will always strive to be transparent on all of our labels. Rest assured that everything in our Food For Thought line is certified organic, which does not allow for GMO ingredients.

5. What is Fair Trade?
Fair Trade, unlike Free Trade, is a way to trade or purchase products from small producers in other countries that provide some transparency in the purchase and distribution to help assure that everyone from producer to consumer is treated well and paid a fair price. Most Fair Trade product also includes a social premium that is used for development work in the growing communities.

6. What is the shelf life?
Shelf life for shelf stable foods (salsas, jams etc) is defined as the length of time that a product is acceptable to the consumer and safe to eat. So long as the product is still sealed, it would be safe to eat.

7. What is the expiration of my product?
Shelf stable products don’t require expiration dates because they won’t spoil until after they’ve been opened. However, we recommend eating them within three years of manufacture. After that they may have noticeable loss of flavor or color, but still be safe to eat. On the bottom of the jar you can look to the first two numbers to tell you the year the product was produced. For example, 14100 would mean it was made in 2014 on the 100th day of the year. We also recommend eating them within a week of opening.