Bluebird Botanicals’ products are not certified organic – but if you have a few minutes to follow along, we’d like to share with you why. We also invite you to explore with us why the organic badge might not be the beacon of health we’ve all been led to believe it is.
It all starts with the soil and plants. Bluebird’s partnering hemp farmers use organic farming methods completely free from chemicals. The care they take for the plants and the passion they have for the process shines through in the beautiful, robust taste of our hemp extracts. It’s strong, but the taste is gone in a few moments. That’s the sign of a potent, clean extract from healthy, vital plants.
Here at Bluebird, we test our final products for over 500 different pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides – including glyphosate. Each and every batch is tested for these chemicals and more before it leaves our doors. However, we implore you to be skeptical and not take our word for it. Instead, see the truth for yourself by viewing all of Bluebird Botanicals’ third-party CBD lab test results on our site.
For comparison, organic certification requires once a year testing for less than 200 chemicals. That’s not enough breadth or frequency to ensure safety. It’s exactly why time and time again organic foods, even organic baby foods meant to nourish those most vulnerable, are testing positive for toxic agrochemicals.
So that begs the question: why not just get the certification if we’re already doing everything above and beyond what’s required?
Even though it would be a nice badge to put on the front of our bottles for marketing purposes, organic certification means less and less with every passing year. What used to be a symbol of pride displayed by those dedicated to providing the healthiest foods possible and being excellent stewards of Mother Earth has turned into a marketing schtick used by those who want to charge exorbitant prices for their goods. Large food corporations have taken powerful seats at the table of organic standards and, as a result, those standards have eroded.
Nearly 40 synthetic ingredients are approved for use in organic products. Requirements have loosened such that producers of organic foods can use up to 5% of certain non-organic ingredients. They can even source their primary bulk ingredients from non-organic suppliers and still tell consumers their products are organic assuming there is a disruption in the supply chain! You could be eating “organic” foods every day that don’t contain one shred of organic ingredients. It’s loopholes like these that allowed Anheuser-Busch in 2007 to have its “Wild Hop Lager” certified organic even though the hops used were grown with chemical fertilizers and sprayed with pesticides. That’s not okay with us.
Will we ever be organic? Perhaps. It means a lot to so many consumers that it might be a good choice at some point, but that won’t stop us from standing up to what has become a hollow facade of health. We all deserve to live happy, healthy lives. Education and empowerment are the first steps. That’s why we urge everyone to look past the shiny green and white organic badge and demand transparency and proof of purity from their food and supplement manufacturers. It’s up to each and every one of us to hold corporations responsible for acting with integrity and living up to their claims. Join us in standing up, speaking out, and making every dollar we spend a vote for the world we want.
With love and humility,
Chief Brand Officer at Bluebird Botanicals