Healthy Living on January 26, 2013 by

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

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?


Nat says:

I am a health advocate and recently I have submitted a sample of your CERTIFIED ORGANIC whole oat groats to an accredited lab for pesticide residues screening test. Although no glyphosate has been detected, 0.10mg/kg of dithiocarbamates was found. Would appreciate if Bob’s Red Mill can look into this and give customers some feedback such as the type of dithiocarbamates used, health impacts, etc. and most importantly how to tackle this issue.

Vicki Dorion says:

I want to know about your potato flakes. You have nothing on the package that states they are gluten-free and NON-GMO. So are they gluten-free and Non-GMO and if so, why is the package not stating these things?


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. We are currently working to add this to all of our packaging. You can read our Sourced Non-GMO Pledge here: For more information about our GMO policy, please call our customer service team: 1-800-349-2173.

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