The Difference Between Organic & Non-GMO Labels

Choosing what to buy in the supermarket feels more confusing every day.

I struggle with it, and I (a) have been in the food business for more than 20 years and (b) have been to nutrition school.

My #1 tip is and always will be the same: read the ingredients. (All of them.)

Here’s another:

If it is certified Organic, then it is also – by definition – Non-GMO.

You’ll see many products displaying the certifications (those little seals & icons) of both agencies. This is confusing and unnecessary.

They do this (a) because they have money to spend, and (b) to build trust through marketing.

But, for many smaller brands, going through these certifications is very difficult, not to mention expensive.

If you’re concerned about GMO’s, then, you should know that, by definition, if a product is certified Organic, it cannot contain GMO’s. Therefore, it doesn’t need the additional Non-GMO project stamp.

If it has it, great. It’s just extra.

The reverse is NOT true: if a product has the Non-GMO stamp, this does not mean it is also at least 95% Organic.

The absence of either or both stamps is also NOT evidence: it may just mean that the brand isn’t certified. But that brand could, in fact, be fully organic.

How could you tell?

Read the ingredients 🙂

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