Organic vs Non-GMO

What’s the difference?

Two of the most commonly confusing labels when purchasing foods, are the Non-GMO Verified label and the USDA Certified Organic seal, and the difference between the two.

Certified Organic:

Buying USDA organic products means the product is already non-GMO by definition. USDA organic prohibits the use of GMOs, antibiotics, herbicides, toxic chemicals, and much more. Organic crops cannot be grown with synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or sewage sludge.

The USDA organic seal provides peace of mind when buying food.


On the flip side, Non-GMO Verified products only exclude GMO ingredients. A Non-GMO label prohibits the use of certain herbicides that contain GMOs but they may be grown using conventional, non-organic methods.

USDA-organic is equivalent to EU-organic since 2012.

1000px USDA organic seal     EU organic logo now compulsory wrbm small     non-gmo project logo

“Non-GMO” is just the beginning of all that “organic” entails. Here is a handy chart that details the distinctions between these two increasingly familiar labels:

What do these labels really mean? Organic Non-GMO
Non-GMO ingredientsXX
No synthetic fertilizers or sewage sludgeX
No toxic, persistent pesticidesX
No antibiotics or hormones for animalsX
Animals eat 100 % organic feed and pastureX
Protects wildlife and promotes biodiversityX
Enhances soil fertilityX
Regulated by federal lawX
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