You’ve probably heard a lot of talk lately about organic food. In our case, certified organic livestock feed, and Non-GMOs (non-genetically modified organisms). Is there even a difference? To many people, it seems like a different way to say the same thing, but it isn’t. Non-GMO is not the same as certified organic.
What are Certified Organic Products and How does Organic Livestock Feed Meet the Standard?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) oversees the inspection of food to see if it’s safe for the American public. A specific certification process has been developed by USDA for organic farmers. Livestock feed can only be labeled as certified organic if it follows a set of rules. Most importantly, there can be no use at all of any GMOs anywhere in the food growing and production process. However, many organic processors handle not only organic, but Non-Labeled and conventional feeds as well, risking cross-contamination of the organic feed. For Feedex, this means we only process certified organic feed grains in our mill for our livestock feed.
Accordingly, no chemicals or fertilizers (other than organic fertilizer) can be used in the growing process. In addition, there are standards for land management including crop rotation and other practices that help keep soil healthy. Likewise, as for organic processed foods, 95-100% of ingredients have to be certified organic ingredients. The other 5%, water and salt, for instance, cannot contain GMOs. Furthermore, livestock used to produce certified organic food must come from animals who are fed 100% organic livestock feed. Animals must also be antibiotic and hormone free. Finally, there are third-party verification, inspections, and residue testing for a product to be listed as certified organic.
Be careful what you choose!
- Any product labeled organic and not certified organic, is just using marketing and doesn’t meet the USDA standards.
Feedex certified organic livestock feed meets these standards of organic excellence. Our products are the right choice for those who care about being certified organic and healthy animals.
Non-GMO and Organic Livestock Feed
- Non-GMO labeling doesn’t come from the USDA, but rather a non-profit organization called The Non-GMO project which conducts testing and independent verification.
- Non-GMO standards for animals don’t meet the USDA standards for certified organic because animals do not have to be fed organic livestock feed.
Antibiotics, hormones, fertilizers, and pesticides are also allowed for Non-GMO. Though Non-GMO labeling is proof the production process is GMO-free, it is not the same as certified organic.
At Feedex, we’re happy to meet the USDA standards for certified organic feed. We believe in offering products for your cattle, calves, poultry, goats, horses and fish that are environmentally sustainable and healthier. For more information about organic livestock feed, check out our products page, or visit one of our distributors.