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The Difference Between Organic and Non-GMO

When walking through the aisles of your local grocery store, you may come across food labels that tout Organic and “Non-GMO Project.” You may be confused by this, and you should know you aren’t alone in that confusion. After all, don’t these mean the same thing?

The short answer: No. So, here is a brief rundown of the different between Non-GMO and Organic labels.

The Non-GMO label just signifies that the product was produced without genetically modified organisms. It does not indicate the practice through which the product was produced, such as without pesticides or with consideration for animal welfare.

Organic products, however, have strict standards they must follow. This includes not using GMOs in the growing or handling process and taking animal welfare into account. The Organic Trade Association further dissects what GMOs are, product labels, the certification process, and testing of products. However, it is important to note that just because a product does not have the USDA Certified Organic seal, the product is not necessarily not organic.

Knowing this type of information can help us, as consumers, to make the best choice for us and our families.

Common Market offers only food products that are free of artificial dyes, preservatives, and flavors and where humans and animals are treated humanely and ethically. So you can shop with peace of mind.