Here’s something I’ve wondered about, but never felt I had a 100% sure answer on… If something is labeled organic, does that mean it’s not a genetically modified food? I found some information that seems like it might answer my question on the USDA website ...
Q: Are food labels stating â€œGM, GE, or GMO-freeâ€ part of the National Organic Standards? A: They are not. Truthful labeling is embodied in the National Organic Standards, as supported by USDAâ€™s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) â€“ the agencies with respective jurisdiction over truthful labeling laws. In the preamble of the National Organic Program final regulations, we stated that organic is not synonymous with â€œGM-free,â€ when we said: â€œThese phrases mayâ€¦be used as additional, eco-labels, provided they are truthful statementsâ€¦[but] they are not permitted as replacements for the term â€˜organic.â€™â€ (See page 80586 of the preamble, under â€œLabelingâ€”Changes Requested But Not Made: (7) Use of Other Terms as Synonymous for â€œorganicâ€).
But I can’t even tell if that answers my question! Does that make sense to anyone?!? Is my organic food GMO or not?
“organic” is a regulated term. that means that food must meet certain criteria, including but not limited to being non-gmo, pesticide-free, chemical-free, hormone-free, etc.
that statement from the usda website is referring to terms such as “non-gmo” which is not regulated, meaning anyone can put that on their label without necessarily having to prove it. in other words, being non-gmo does not mean it is definitely organic (because it could still be farmed with pesticides), but if it is certified organic, you know that it is non-gmo.