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Can GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) Be Used In Organic Farming?

Over the last couple months we have posted videos from our Home Farm Manager, Jim Meyer, giving advice and sharing his knowledge with us on various organic farming topics such as crop rotation, controlling pests, and planting cover crops. This week, he shares some insights on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

One question we fairly often from you is "Do your products use GMOs?" The short answer is: No. You can know when you see the "certified organic" USDA seal on the front of our package that GMO crops have not been used. The USDA organic standards board does not allow for any GMO crops to be used in organic agriculture. A farmer using GMO seeds would not be able to use the USDA certified organic seal.

 

We've talked before about the difference between labeling "Organic" vs "Natural" food. While there is no strict requirement for claiming a food product is "natural," the absence of GMOs are one of the things that you can count on when you see the USDA organic seal. The "organic" food label identifies food grown with practices that:

  • Don't use synthetic pesticides, herbicides and soil fumigants.
  • Don't use genetic engineering
  • Don't use sewage sludge as fertilizer
  • Do improve the quality and fertility of the soil
  • Do protect water quality
  • Do reduce soil erosion
  • Do rely on natural biological systems for pest and weed control
  • Do reduce the impact of agriculture on our environment
  • Do produce high quality, great tasting food

For more on Organic vs Natural - check out this post & video from Craig Weakley, Cascadian Farm's Director of Organic Agriculture & Sustainability.

 


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