There’s a lot of confusion and debate about what non-GMO and organic labels really mean. It’s crucial to understand the difference if you want to pick out the healthiest and safest food for you and your family.

1. Certified organic foods are non-GMO. USDA organic regulations prohibit any genetically modified (GMO) ingredients in a certified organic product. Best to look out for 100% certified organic” or a “Non-GMO Project” verified label.

2. Organic crops cannot be grown with synthetic pesticides, and contain much lower pesticide residues overall.

3. Organic ingredients aren’t processed with toxic hexane. Most conventional oils (canola, soybean, corn) are extracted with the neurotoxin hexane.

4. Organic foods prohibit many of the chemicals known as “obesogens” that trigger our bodies to store fat.

5. Organic crops are prohibited from being fertilized with sewage sludge.

6. Organic meat isn’t produced with growth-promoting drugs,

7. Organic animals aren’t fattened up with growth-promoting antibiotics.

8. The most widely-used herbicide on the planet – Glyphosate (Roundup) – is prohibited on organic crops.

9. The non-GMO label claim is unregulated.

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