Why non-GMO

Your Food Should Not Be A Science Experiment

Let’s find a better way.

It can be a wild world out there in the grocery aisle. Colorful characters, labels shouting this and that, cryptic nutrition panels, and, well, all of us—folks who just want to make informed choices about the food we eat and give our families. Here are some of the issues we think are worth talking about.

The Critical Issue: GMOs

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Let’s just cut to the chase here. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have not been proven safe for human or animal consumption. Nearly 50 countries worldwide—including the entire European Union, Australia, and Japan—have either banned GMOs or have strict GMO labeling requirements. Here in the US, as much as 90% of conventional processed foods include GMOs, according to the Non-GMO Project.

That’s where Good Boy Organics comes in. The only way to make sure you’re not consuming GMOs is to eat certified organic foods—which by definition are non-GMO—and providing certified organic products is at the heart of our mission. Our ingredients are a product of the European Union, where GMOs are either prohibited or highly controlled, and we’re proud to have the Non-GMO Project verification document our commitment to customers like you.

The Other Important Stuff

Conventional agriculture uses high levels of synthetic fertilizers and chemical pesticides that are harmful for people and our environment (check out what National Geographic has to say about it). But what are our alternatives? These days, the terms “organic” and “natural” are thrown around a lot, and most of us think we know what they mean. Let’s be sure.

  • Natural

    There simply is no federal standard in the United States for the term “natural.” That means it’s a free-for-all: some so-called “natural” products actually contain GMO ingredients, artificial flavors and colors made in a lab, and high fructose corn syrup. Without any rules or regulations for products labeled "natural," so companies big and small are free to slap “natural” on their foods even if they contain heavily processed ingredients. Check the stuff on the grocery shelf next time and you’ll be amazed at what’s hiding behind that poor little word.

    See the detailed requirements we follow, and find out more about what the labels on your food really mean.

  • Organic

    On the other hand, there is a federal standard for “organic.”—the term is strictly defined by the USDA through the NOP (National Organic Program) standard. All Good Boy Organics product ingredients are USDA Certified Organic, expect of salt and yeast which do not have a Federal standard. To be certified organic means something very specific. From start to finish, the entire chain of custody for USDA Certified Organic products must be certified to prevent contamination with non-certified ingredients, including GMOs.

    A great site for digging into the benefits of organic eating and farming, from the Organic Trade Association.

  • Sustainable

    Organic agriculture encourages practices that naturally rejuvenate the land. Different techniques help build soil health to help provide the necessary nutrients for plants, and the animals that eat them. That last group happens to include us human beings, so sourcing is a priority at Good Boy Organics. Organic agriculture follows the principals that nature intended, without the use of chemicals, pesticides, or GMOs. Biodynamic® takes organic one step further, by ensuring that all of the inputs are generated on same the farm where the food is grown, among other criteria. We’re in this for the long run—join us!

  • Gluten-Free

    Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and many other cereal grains. It’s also—wait for it—the hardest protein to digest, and today’s hybrid grain versions contain significantly more gluten than traditional grains. Not surprisingly, gluten intolerance is on the rise in our country, with 1.8 million Americans living with celiac disease, and many more with gluten sensitivities. Whenever possible, we source ingredients and develop products that are certified gluten-free.

    These educational bulletins are a valuable resource for anyone interested in facts about gluten and living gluten-free.

The Next Big Thing: Biodynamic®

Biodynamic® agriculture views the farm as a self-contained, self-sustaining ecosystem responsible for creating and maintaining its individual health and vitality without any external or unnatural additions. It is an integrated farming system that addresses the health of the entire property and maximizes the unique characteristics of each farm. A crop (for example, a tomato) that results from a certified farm is Biodynamic, but in order for a processed product (for example, tomato sauce) to be called “Biodynamic” it must have been made with Biodynamic ingredients and processed in accordance with the Demeter Processing Standard. Bottom line—Biodynamic standards exceed even organic ones. Think homeopathy for the earth!

Our Yellow Barn Biodynamic sauces, concentrates, and purees are among the first of these kinds of products in the US, and we’re already looking for new ways to make Biodynamic products a bigger part of the Good Boy Organics story.

Learn more about the dedicated practices, principles, and potential of Biodynamic farming from the US representative of Demeter International.

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