ORGANIC VS BIOLOGICAL
When it comes to organics, and particularly grains, we appreciate what organic means for the grains we source from mills, farms and farmers. Organic always ensures clean, well managed pesticide free products that are healthy for us.
There is a new phrase making it's way into the organic arena: "Biologically Grown" - have you heard of it?
Similar to organic standards, biologically (or naturally) grown foods rely on natural farming methods, soil preservation, crop rotation, and managing farmland in a way that builds strong, nutritious soils naturally.
If done right, biologically grown crops can be just as good as those grown organically - without the cost of organic certification as an added benefit. Because a farm managed biologically isn't necessarily certified as organic, the cost to the farmer to raise crops this way is generally lower. Those lower costs can then be passed on to the consumer.
Is an organic farm a biologically managed farm? Yes.
Organic standards always specify the FDA approved methods (including biological) for crop and farm management and ensure clean, non-GMO products.
Is a well-run, biologically managed farm always organic? No.
But - this can mean that the methods and standards used for biological farming can actually be higher than those approved for organic farming. If the farmer truly cares about the soils and uses proven methods for growing crops naturally, that farm and the crops it produces will be clean, healthy and strong. "Biologically grown" can mean healthier, more nutritious crops.
The downside? There is no certification to ensure certain standards, and no trademarks (such as Kamut brand khorasan wheat) to guarantee quality. It's up to the farmer to manage the soils and crops in a way that will truly benefit the consumer.
This is why Khorasan Mills is always careful to vet the farmers and mills we do business with by actually going on-site, learning of their methods and talking with them personally about how they manage their farms. We like to know where our food is coming from and how it is grown - don't you?
Better growing standards = better grains.