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.

Hafi says:

I was wondering about your All Natural Corn Starch. I don’t see any Non GMO or Organic labeling on it. Does that mean it is GMO?

Thanks in advance for your clarification.

We are committed to sourcing only non-GMO products. You can read our non-GMO pledge here: Our corn starch is sourced non-GMO.

Pam says:

Organic corn is available in the U.S. Why is your cornmeal not organic? I read that most non-organic corn is GMO, yet you claim that you have a commitment to sourcing only non-gmo. Organic corn products currently offered from other companies in natural food stores are not prohibitively expensive.

We do offer organic cornmeal. You can find this product and other organic corn products at

Ramona says:

I see 3 options for Masa Harina (normal, gluten free, organic) I read some where that they are all gluten free & non GMO. Am I mistaken? What is the difference between the 3 options. I am new to the gluten free, GMO and organic world.

Only our gluten free version is tested to be gluten free. All of them are non-GMO. The two non-gluten free versions would still be inherently gluten free, but are not produced in our gluten free facility or tested for gluten.

Kurt says:

Hi Cassidy,

Would you kindly explain some labels found on your products e.g., “Premium Flaxseed Meal” vs “Organic Golden Flaxseed Meal”. What does premium here mean?

I bought the whole ground flaxseed meal. It states “Premium”, “Kosher”, “Paleo Friendly”, “Gluten Free” and “Vegan” but no organic or non-GMO labels on this particular product.

I understand that your company is trying to get all the paperwork done to get your non-GMO certification. This WAITING INTERVAL would cause many consumers like me feeling doubtful whether the company is free to use GMO or non-organic crops to retain business production while waiting for the cert. Correct me if I’m wrong on this.

I was all pepped up to make my breakfast this morning but felt extremely anxious because no convincing labels found! It’d be sad if I have to return this package to the grocery store(I’m currently located outside of the US) and it was my first time buying Red Mill’s products. I have limited supplies to your products here so I think there’s no way I could exchange it for the Organic Golden Flaxseed Meal. 🙁
#feelbummedout #nobreakfast #hungrymorning

Please clarify. Thanks!

Thank you for reaching out, Kurt. No, that product is not organic and is grown using conventional farming practices. We are committed to sourcing non-GMO ingredients, though, regardless of what the label says. The waiting interval is not something we have any control over, but we’ve always been committed to non-GMOs. Nothing has changed there. You can find our policy on GMOs here:

Maritza says:

I like your products and your honesty as a company is important to me. I don’t fall much for even long-standing images or logos, as they can be bought or sold. Recently I hesitated in buying your muesli because the label did not say organic or GMO-free. Yet the other products of this kind that were relatively available list sugar or some form of sugar as a second or third ingredient, and your product did not contain sugar as a separate ingredient at all, which appeals to me. So many important factors to weigh!
If I sense that your answers to inquiries related to these issues are honest, I will continue to consume your products. So for now I’m staying with your muesli.
Thank you,
Maritza Stanchich

Paula Loe says:

If a product cannot be “certified organic,” it would be important to know if it is not a GMO and/or if it has somehow escaped being sprayed with Round-up. I would hope that, in living up to your reputation of wholesomeness, you would prefer to not even OFFER such products. Thank you for all the good stuff you provide!

Thank you, Paula.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. 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. You can view our policy on glyphosate here:

Ali says:

hi i am a consumer of your products in lebanon i like flax seeds and oats are your flax seeds organic and non gmo?
i appreciate your caring for custemers opinion and thanks

Yes, all of our products are non-GMO. You can read our pledge here:

DJ Voge says:

What are the many black spots in the organic polenta corn grits? Does it indicate the polenta is going bad? It is kept in the refrigerator. Thanks for your help.

The black spots are pieces of the germ. They are normal and not an indication of it going bad. You typically don’t see these in other types of polenta because they’ve been removed.

Stacy says:

I guess I thought your products were all organic. Doesn’t help when the grocery store puts them in the organic aisle. Bought and ate the Whole Grain Red Bulgur. We are from Canada and finding out from recent studies that Canadian grains have the highest Glyphosate, I was disappointed to now see what I ate was very unhealthy.

At the heart of Bob’s Red Mill, our mission is to make the world a better place with healthy, whole grain foods. That commitment begins with our careful selection of suppliers and farming partners who are dedicated to providing ingredients that are handled with utmost care to ensure unwavering safety and quality for all. Our partners operate under strict oversight by the USDA and use Good Agricultural Practices.
Recently, customers have contacted us with concerns about our delicious, whole grain oats and the use of glyphosate in the cultivation of oats. Glyphosate is a farming aid used for weed control and crop desiccation, which is approved by the USDA for use in non-organically grown agriculture. We are proud to state that Bob’s Red Mill partners with an oat supplier who is actively committed to eliminating the presence of glyphosate. While this objective will take time to achieve, together, we will reach that goal. In the meantime, customers who wish to abstain from crops on which glyphosate has been applied may choose from our extensive line of certified organic oat products, for which the use of glyphosate is strictly prohibited by the USDA’s National Organic Program. We encourage consumers to join us in eliminating the use of glyphosate by contacting the USDA and voicing their concerns.

Rosanne Larson says:

I read recently about wheat fields being soaked in Roundup before harvesting. Is the wheat you use for gluten free oatmeal from fields using this practice?

That’s a really good question. We have an article in reference to this that would be of interest to you. Thank you for trusting us with your health.

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