Does organic mean the same thing as non-GMO?


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The USDA Certified Organic Seal does not necessarily signify that a product has undergone the same processes and tests as a product with the Non-GMO Project's Non-GMO Seal, and vice versa. These two seals are offered by two separate organizations. While the two seals require a couple of the same standards, each also requires unique standards.

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The following are requirements specifically for the USDA Certified Organic Seal:

  • No use of chemical or synthetic fertilizers and pesticides
  • No use of antibiotics and synthetic hormones
  • Government regulation

The following is required specifically for the Non-GMO Project's Non-GMO Seal:

  • Undergo mandatory testing for the presence or use of GMOs at various levels of production

The following are requirements for both the USDA-Certified Organic Seal and the Non-GMO Project's Non-GMO Seal (in addition to the above):

  • No use of GMOs in all aspects of farming and processing
  • Employ a trustworthy method to avoiding the use of GMOs
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