The Organic industry has changed over the past few years, and not for the better. The word "organic" now allows for cross polinated GMO products to be used in anything that is certified organic, up to 8%. We feel this is a problem when many customers are buying organic thinking they are getting non-gmo. Our flax hull lignans are no longer certified organic, but they are certified "USA Ancient Seeds" which holds a HIGHER STANDARD than "organic".
We know that there is going to be an educational period where our customers are going to have to learn about this new certification and why we are doing it, but we want these lignans to not only hold up to organic standards, but NON-GMO standards as well. Nothing has changed in our product, just the paperwork. We still have all the standards of organic, we just have a few higher standards that we are embracing.
There is no GMO flax used in these flax hull lignans. On that note, our manufacturer always avoids GMO sources for commercial lignans as well but he says that it's possible to get some every once in awhile if he isn't specifically purchasing "Non-GMO" flax - which is reserved for this product and costs more.
Here are the standards for this new certification:
USA ANCIENT SEEDS
USA Ancient Seeds General Farming and Livestock Standards
The mission of this certification program and its standards is to verify the production systems that are producing organically source produced products. To promote the use of farming techniques that is sustainable and beneficial to the environment.
Alert: The USA ANCIENT SEEDS STANDARDS has no tolerance for GMO Cross Contamination.
GENERAL PRINCIPLES AND PROCESS
The general principles of USA Ancient Seeds are to certify farms on a field by field basis or whole farm units. If it is a field by field system which is the mission of this program to move the whole farm units into certified production within 5 years. There are some special circumstances which will be taken into consideration.
In order to be certified through this program the applicant must follow these steps: the filing of an application, a farm plan, a five-year history, and a letter of commitment. Once received, the certification committee will review all information to rule on whether or not to go forward with the inspection process.
(a) A field may be certified if there have not been any unacceptable materials used on the field for the past five years (synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fertilizer, fumigants, etc.).
(b) If the applicant has a duel system (organic and non-organic) and is raising the same types of crops on both systems they must be able to show beyond question that they can keep them segregated in such a manner that it would be impossible for that to be commingled. Also there must be in place an audit trail that will show the total production of both system of the same crops how they were harvested, handled, stored (total production), and who they were sold to with documentation of amounts.
(c) In the case of when there is non-organic production adjoining organic production there must be a minimum of a 25 foot buffer between the productions.
(d) In the case where spot spraying is mandatory by a state or province rule on noxious weeds the spraying must be done by a hand sprayer and a 25 foot marker buffer around the sprayed area must exist.
(e) If there suspect of a contamination due to over spray no matter what the circumstances tissue residue testing is mandatory.
(f) The farm plan that is required must include a three year projected plan for soil building, crop production, and field maps of all land organic and non-organic (with a designation system).
(g) Non-perennial crops shall be rotated in accordance with accepted regional organic practices. Rotations must be as varied as possible and aim to maintain or improve soil fertility, reduce nitrate leaching, and reduce weeds, pests, and disease.
(h) Audit trail must consist of amounts of all farm inputs, date and place of harvest, amount of all harvest (tons, bushel, pound, etc.) that will correspond with field maps.
(i) All machinery must be kept in good shape to guard against contaminating the soil.
(j) Soil testing is not mandatory but is suggested to promote soil fertility and health.
(a) The use of properly decayed manures and composted manures are acceptable so long as they are not over applies to protect against build up of nitrates in the soil.
(b) It is recommended that the soil temperatures be sufficient to promote active microbial action.
(c) On radishes, leafy green, the best family, and other known nitrate accumulators fresh, aerated, anaerobic, or “sheet composted manures may not be applies less than four months before planting.”
(d) All manure sources and management techniques must be clearly documented as a part of the certification process.
(e) Sewage sludge and septic waste is prohibited.
(f) Agricultural limestone, natural phosphates, and other slowly soluble powders are acceptable.
(g) Wood ash, langeinite (sulpomag), non-fortifies marine by-produces, bone meal, fishmeal, and other similar natural products (consult product list on any question).
(h) Cottonseed meal, leather meal, and blended products containing these substances are permissible only if free from contaminants.
(i) Highly soluble nitrates, phosphate, and chloride nutrient source, natural or synthetic, are prohibited.
(j) Ammonia and urea products are prohibited.
(k) Potassium sulfate, borax (solubor), sodium molybdate, and sulfate trace mineral salts are permitted where argonomically justified.
SEED, SEEDLINGS, GRAFTING, AND ROOT STOCK
(a) Horticulture crops and non-perennial field crops must be produced from seed that has not been treated with any unauthorized products. Temporary exceptions can be made if untreated seed is not available.
(b) Annual transports must be grown according to USAO standards. Perennial transplants may be from any source, but crops sold as certifies organic must be from plants which have been under organic cultivation for at least 12 months prior to harvest.
(c) Vegetative propagated plants such as garlic and other bulbous plants are to be considered as seeds and fully respect paragraph (a) of the article.
(d) Microbes used in the production of certified crop products must be naturally occurring (not the result of genetic engineering).
(a) Use of resistant varieties.
(b) Lime-sulfur, Bordeaux, and element sulfur. The certification committee may approve other sulfurs or copper products.
(c) Fungicides and cryptocidal soaps, plant preparations, vinegar, and other natural substances.
Insects and Similar Pest-acceptable methods
(a) Use of resistant varieties and the provision of conditions favoring natural equilibrium.
(b) Insecticidal soaps and botanical insecticides such as ryania, sabadilla and teas, extracts, decoctions, poultices of locally grown botanicals.
(c) Rotenone, pyrethrum, dormant oil (preferably vegetable based) and diatomaceous earth may be used with great caution due to their high ecological profile.
(d) Sexual, visual, and physical traps
(e) All pesticides containing aromatic petroleum fractions or synergists (such as piperonyl butoxide, are prohibited).
Weed Control-acceptable methods
(a) Weeds are to be controlled through a combination of tillage, rotation, green manure, fallow, etc.
(b) Mechanical, electrical, and thermal weeding.
(c) Microbial weed killers.
(d) Chemical or petroleum herbicides are prohibited
We have the ORIGINAL flax hull lignans....don't accept *inferior chemically extracted copycat products.
Concentrated Flax Hull Lignans give your body what it needs to keep your immune system working strongly. FHL is not the same as whole ground flax. Whole ground flax naturally has a small amount of lignans in it because it includes the shell of the flaxseed, and the shell is where the lignans are. However, you'd still need to consume 2 gallons of whole ground flax seed a day to get the immune system supporting power in 1.5 teaspoons of these concentrated Flax Hull Lignans! Using a special process called "the MCP process," the lignans are extracted from the shell of the flax seed and concentrated into powder form. There is no seed in this product, only lignans from the shell. Each 1.5 teaspoon sized serving has from 150-300 mg of SDG (the dominant lignan) as well as all of the other lignans in the flax seed shell. Manufacturer recommends 1 scoop daily for adults, and 1/2 scoop for children. Scoop is included in jar.
Flax Hull Lignans support multiple body systems. They are very high in anti-oxidants, more potent than the darkest leafy green vegetable - kale! Kale is a vegetable that has one of the highest ORAC values(the measurement of antioxidant). Kale's ORAC value is 1770, while concentrated Flax Hull Lignans have an ORAC value of 19,600! Prunes are the fruit with the highest ORAC value at 6,770 which still doesn't compare to Flax Hull Lignans.
FHL is 8% oil and fat, and 55% of that fat is ALA (Alpha-Linolenic Acid). If a person were to consume 2.5g (3/4 tsp) daily of FHL, they would be consuming approximately 110mg ALA. The National Academy of Sciences, USA has given daily recommendations of ALA to be 110mg for women and 160mg for men. 1 scoop of FHL give approximately 220 mg of ALA.
There is 2.1g of dietary fiber and 1.4g of protein in each scoop of FHL
There are no chemicals used in extracting the lignans from the shell and therefore, no chemicals in our flax hull lignans! ALL liquid forms of flax hull lignans have used chemical extraction and should be avoided.
Flax Hull Lignans - 1 Month Supply, 32 Servings With Serving Scoop Included.
*Our lignans contain the FULL SPECTRUM of 17 lignans that are used in the studies. Don't be fooled by cheap imitations, chemically extracted single lignan products that only extract SDG. These chemically extracted lignans are dead, as their enzymes have been killed (unlike our Flax Hull Lignans!). Chemical residues are also something to be concerned about with chemically extracted lignans. Don't be fooled by imitations!