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Your Questions Answered: Why aren’t all Bob’s Red Mill products organic?

by Cassidy Stockton in Behind the Scenes, Featured Articles, Whole Grains 101

QuestionA few days ago, we asked our Facebook fans what question they would pose to Bob if they could ask him a single question. We promised to answer as many as we could. Many of these questions are more about our products than Bob specifically, so I’m going to answer some and I’ll have Bob weigh in on some.

USDA Organic Logo 6.15.07Today’s question: Why aren’t all Bob’s Red Mill products organic?

At Bob’s Red Mill, we strive to bring you as many organic choices as possible. There are a few reasons why we do not carry organic choices. In no particular order:

  1. An item is not available organically. For example, our gluten free oats. They are simply not grown organically right now. Because they are not your average oat crop, there is no organic substitute for them available. Ultimately, when this changes, I sincerely believe we will offer them organically.
  2. To offer an item organically would cause the consumer price of said product to be far too expensive. While we understand that some people would pay any price for an organic option, but we believe in affordable quality grains.
  3. We can’t find the quantity we need to take a product to market as organic. It could be the supply just isn’t available on the market that we need. If we can’t keep it in stock, we can’t bring it to you.

With these things in mind, we are always looking for organic varieties of our grains, beans and seeds. When we find the right fit, we often add it in order to bring you even more organic options.

What grain, bean or seed do you wish we would offer organically?

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19 Responses to “Your Questions Answered: Why aren’t all Bob’s Red Mill products organic?”

    • At Bob’s Red Mill, we have made a commitment to purchase only non-GMO grains. All of our products are made from ingredients that were grown from identity-preserved, non-GMO seed. For more information about our GMO policy, please call our customer service team: 1-800-349-2173.

    • Mary,

      No, we do not use any GMO ingredients in our Pizza Crust Mix. At Bob’s Red Mill, we have made a commitment to purchase only non-GMO grains. All of our products are made from ingredients that were grown from identity-preserved, non-GMO seed. For more information about our GMO policy, please call our customer service team: 1-800-349-2173.

  1. Hi-

    I understand it’s not all certified organic, but there are lots of degrees of non-organic. Do you have standards around the practices of all the farmers you work with besides the non-GMO standard?

    Thanks!

    • We do have many standards for cleanliness and processing of grains. We require suppliers to attest to the safety of their ingredients, among other things and work to maintain good relationships with our farmers.

    • I’m not sure why you would make that assumption, John. Our gluten free oats do not contain any GMOs. Oats are not a crop that have been genetically modified on a large scale. We are currently in the process of becoming non-GMO Project certified.

  2. Well I hope you will attain the non-GMO Project certification because this carb loader loves oatmeat in its purest form. Any chance the oatmeal will be certified in the near future, especially the Extra Thick Rolled Oats?

    • We do offer all of our oats, with the exception of the gluten free oats and instant oats, as organic, so it could just be that your store doesn’t carry them. We are in the process of becoming members of the non-GMO Project. It takes quite a while and a lot of paperwork!

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