Organic agriculture releases a new label

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While a growing number of consumers are seeking foods made without genetically modified organisms (GMOs), they may be getting less than they think from non-GMO labeled products.“Non-GMO labels don’t guarantee crops are grown without chemicals. In fact, unless the food is certified organic, it may be grown with even more chemicals than GMO crops,” said Michelle Ajamian, owner of Shagbark Seed & Mill in Athens.To help consumers find food that is both non-GMO and raised organically, the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) has released a new label that OEFFA-certified organic farmers and processors can use on their products, in addition to the standard USDA organic seal. This label reminds consumers that choosing organic foods allows them to avoid GMOs.To use the organic label, foods must not only be non-GMO but they must also be grown without synthetic pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics, and chemical fertilizers.“Shagbark Seed & Mill chose organic certification over non-GMO verification to support the farmers that go beyond non-GMO by working with nature, instead of against it. That means cover crops, crop rotations, and healthy soil. That means no GMO seed, ever. The result is a product we’re confident will protect water and soil resources and feed us the best quality food on all fronts,” said Ajamian, whose certified organic mill sells beans, flour, pasta, chips, and other products.Organic farmers undergo a rigorous annual third party verification process that includes an organic system plan, multiple reviews of that plan, and an inspection of the farm.“As a result, the organic seal is the gold standard in ecological labeling and consumers can have confidence that farmers are adhering to the standards of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program,” said Amalie Lipstreu, Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association Policy Program Coordinator. “Regardless of which version of the organic label a farmer or processor chooses, the organic seal guarantees that the product was made without GMOs.”last_img

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