- Certified Organic versus Non-GMO?
- “Can you get me some info on organic versus non-gmo? I am a bit confused by this. I know what GMO means. I thought I knew what organic meant (no use of pesticides) But does organic mean non-gmo? Also in some of the presentations for Shaklee products, I saw that they said that it was for example 87% organic. What does that mean?”
Since I wasn't so clear about the distinction myself, I asked for help from our Top Shaklee Coordinator, Tony C.. Here is his answer at HealthySupplies.Net Very interesting and clarifies the question, so I wanted to share with all of you:
Here's the scoop....for purposes of accuracy, when we speak of "organic" in terms of what Patricia is asking, we're talking about certified organic, which is a farming method. Certified organic ingredients are always non-GMO, but certified non-GMO is not always necessarily certified organic...it means the ingredients are certified not to contain genetically modified ingredients, which is generally documented by third party oversight. In the case of Shaklee non-GMO soy used in our soy protein drink supplements, we use the Identity Preserved Program, which documents soy beans used for planting to the end product and ensures that the soy is not cross-contaminated with genetically modified soy or soybeans.
Certified organic is a related but somewhat different topic. While we are often asked why we don't use 100% certified organic ingredients in all our supplements, it is impossible because not all ingredients come in a certified organic version, such as herbs and wild crafted plants and botanicals, and ingredients grown outside the United States. And while certified organic is a goal to shoot for,, it does not necessarily ensure purity and potency standards needed for premium dietary supplements-Shaklee's quality assurance process and product quality specifications do that.
Additionally, products labeled as organic need to meet one of three standards.
1) Produce that has been exclusively cultivated and processed according to the new organic standards is permitted to bear the USDA "100% Organic" seal.
2) Packaged goods in which 95% of the ingredients by weight have been organically produced can be labeled "Organic."
3) Packaged goods with 70% to 95% organic ingredients by weight may be labeled "Made with Organic," and the specific organic ingredients need to be listed.
Products made with less than 70% organic ingredients are permitted only to list organic ingredients in the ingredient panel and cannot use the word "organic" in primary labeling.
Hope this helps and let us know if you have additional questions.
HealthySupplies.Net - Staff
Shaklee Non - GMO Soy Protein