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Here at Goddess Garden, we get asked if we have non-GMO sunscreens quite frequently. As a business with a green mission, it is very important for us to create the cleanest sunscreen formulas available, and this certainly includes a GMO-free ingredient list! Now, this might confuse some since Goddess Garden packaging does not have the Non-GMO Project Verified seal, but we do have a non-GMO claim on our label. How can we say that we are non-GMO? Because all of our products are QAI certified organic, which means that we are not only do we have more than 70% certified organic ingredients, but all of our ingredients are also certified non-GMO. We believe that the Non-GMO certification is definitely a step in the right direction, but here at Goddess Garden, that isn’t enough. And, that’s why all of our products are certified organic!
Over the past few years, there has been growing demand for organic products has gone hand-in-hand with an increase in awareness and avoidance of GMO products, and for good reason. GMOs or “genetically modified organisms” are plants or animals created by the experimental practice of merging DNA, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, and bacterial genes not found in nature. When shopping for the most natural products, informed consumers will often look for “certified organic” and the “non-GMO Project Verified” official seals on the packaging. Products cannot legally display those seals without following strict standards set forth by the third-party standards.
To become USDA certified organic, organic operations must demonstrate that they are protecting natural resources, conserving biodiversity, and using only approved substances (read more about the certification process here). The non-GMO Project Verification is an assurance that a product has been produced according to consensus-based best practices for GMO avoidance (read more about their standards here). An important, yet widely unknown fact about the certification process is that if a product is deemed certified organic then it is automatically also deemed non-GMO. Flip the scenario around and the same is not always true: non-GMO verified products are not necessarily certified organic. The Goddess Garden Organics product line is QAI certified organic, and are therefore we are automatically non-GMO verified.
So, Then What's the Difference Between USDA Organic & QAI Organic?
As mentioned, there are two different types of organic certifications: USDA and QAI. How are they different? The USDA organic certification process only covers crops and livestock, not minerals, which means that products such as our natural sunscreen that uses minerals as natural sunscreens (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) cannot be considered USDA certified organic. QAI (Quality Assurance International) is a leading USDA-accredited organic product
certifying agency, allowing products beyond crops and livestock to get the organic recognition they work hard to achieve. To be considered QAI certified organic, a product must demonstrate that it contains a minimum of 70% organic content (learn more about the QAI certification process here). We have written on why Goddess Garden is not USDA certified organic and some of the finer points on the difference USDA and QAI. So be sure to check it out!
Goddess Garden, Certified Organic AND Non-GMO
When shopping for non-GMO sunscreen, it is important to keep in mind that a certified organic sunscreen is in fact Non-GMO. Goddess Garden isn’t the only certified Non-GMO sunscreen out there (but we do think we have the best formula!), so be on the look out for the QAI Certified Organic seal. We applaud the non-GMO effort, and we are excited to see that people care about both what they put IN their bodies as well as ON their bodies!
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