Organic vs. Non-GMO

Organic vs. nonGMOThe Great Divide!

In a perfect world there would not be a need for food labels, everything would be organic and we would all be in excellent health. Unfortunately, the world we live in is not perfect and now more than ever is the time to pay attention to where our food is coming from.

Organic vs. non-GMO is a topic that comes up quite often when comparing food products. Organic equals non-GMO but non-GMO does not equal organic. While neither contain GMOs, that is where their similarities end.

It is important to understand what makes them different in order to make the best decisions for yourself and your family. Today, with all of the labeling and non-labeling issues circulating, it can be quite confusing as to what each mean exactly. Stay focused on the endgame and begin making small changes today that will lead you to a healthier future. Let’s explore some of the main differences between organic and non-GMO:

  • Pesticide Restrictions:
    Organic – no pesticides allowed.
    Non-GMO – there are currently no pesticide restrictions for non-GMO crops including the use of glyphosate.
  • Animal Guidelines:
    Organic – pastured, organic feed, no steroids, drugs or growth hormones.
    Non-GMO – animals can be raised unnaturally, given GMO feed and/or injected with growth enhancing steroids and drugs.
  • Soil Fertilization:
    Organic – land used to produce organic food must not have had prohibited substances applied to it for the past three years.
    Non-GMO – treated waste that is used for fertilization is permitted & contaminated with pesticides, heavy metals, endocrine disruptors, pharmaceuticals, etc.
  • Biodiversity:
    Organic – buying organic promotes a bigger cause in the protection and security of all living forms and the ecosystems they are a part of.
    Non-GMO – does not.
  • Regulations:
    Organic – adheres to strict guidelines and extensive processes in becoming certified.
    Non-GMO – the FDA currently has zero set guidelines for the use of non-GMO labels.

Remember, not all farmers choose to go through the process or expense involved into becoming certified organic. Fees can range anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars. If you are in search of more local organic produce it is extremely worthwhile to get to know your local vendors and farms.


For more information on organic labeling, tips, products and providers, please visit:

The Non-GMO Project’s label should be your only trusted GMO label on the market. To learn more and get the facts about GMOs, please visit:

USDA Organic Label

Non GMO Project

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