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Organic and Non-GMO Products

Mother Earth Foods carries products that are certified USDA organic and/or Non-GMO certified whenever possible. Although certification processes are not always perfect, we feel that it is the best way to ensure the products are not treated with harmful pesticides and do not contain ingredients that have been genetically modified.


USDA Organic

USDA Organic SealAccording to the USDA’s standards, organic operations must demonstrate that they are protecting natural resources, conserving biodiversity, and using only approved substances. They offer the following summary on ams.usda.gov:

  • Organic crops. The USDA organic seal verifies that irradiation, sewage sludge, synthetic fertilizers, prohibited pesticides, and genetically modified organisms were not used.
  • Organic livestock. The USDA organic seal verifies that producers met animal health and welfare standards, did not use antibiotics or growth hormones, used 100% organic feed, and provided animals with access to the outdoors.
  • Organic multi-ingredient foods. The USDA organic seal verifies that the product has 95% or more certified organic content. If the label claims that it was made with specified organic ingredients, you can be sure that those specific ingredients are certified organic.

Find out more about the USDA’s organic standards on their website.



Non-GMO Project

Non-GMO supporterMother Earth Foods is a proud supporter of the Non-GMO project and your right to know if what your eating has been genetically modified. In our store, we use Non-GMO tags to bring extra attention to the products that are Non-GMO verified.

According to nongmoproject.org, GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.

The Non-GMO project lists the following crops as “High-Risk”:

  • Alfalfa (first planting 2011)
  • Canola (approx. 90% of U.S. crop)
  • Corn (approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Cotton (approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Papaya (most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres)
  • Soy (approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Sugar Beets (approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010)
  • Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 25,000 acres)

For updated lists as well as monitored crops and common ingredients derived from GMO risk crops, visit nongmoproject.org.  Also, find Healthy Dave’s article on GMO’s in our Healthy Living resources.