What Are Organic Peanuts?

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Organic peanuts are grown without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Most organic peanuts are grown in the arid climates of New Mexico and Arizona to minimize crop contamination by Aspergillus flavos, a mold that carries the cancer-causing toxin mycotoxin Aflatoxin, and other molds.

Farmers growing organic peanuts use innovative soil management techniques and aggressive crop rotation to keep the soil and peanut plants healthy. Both organic peanuts and non-organic peanuts have the potential to become contaminated by mold or other organisms when transferred from the field to the marketplace. Peanuts can also be contaminated by improper handling, processing and storage with mold, salmonella, E. coli and other organisms.