Does certified organic mean NO glyphosate?

Does certified organic mean NO glyphosate?

The quick answer to this is YES!

Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum herbicide sometimes used in the cultivation of non-organic crops to manage weed growth, and residues have the potential to persist, entering the food chain. Crops such as wheat, barley, and oats are among those frequently treated with glyphosate.

The good news is that glyphosate is strictly prohibited for use by organic farmers throughout the entire food production process, and their crops undergo rigorous regulation and close monitoring throughout the certification procedure. Should any chemical contamination, including glyphosate, be detected, the crop cannot be marketed as certified organic by the farmers. This is why buying certified organic product is important when looking to avoid glyphosate ingestion.

Organic farmers typically rely on alternative methods for weed control, such as crop rotation, cover cropping, mulching, hand weeding, and the use of natural herbicides derived from natural substances. These methods are considered more in line with organic principles, which aim to minimise synthetic inputs and promote ecological balance.

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