Organic vs. Standard Golden Flaxseed
Organic flaxseed is defined as a flaxseed 'not involved or produced with chemical fertilizers, other artificial chemicals, drugs, hormones or pesticides'. We sell a great deal of organic flaxseed, but many questions have been asked concerning the difference between ‘Organic’ Golden Flaxseed and our standard Golden Flaxseed.
As mentioned above, the organic flaxseed is produced without the aid of commercial fertilizers or insecticides. Our standard flaxseed is produced nearly the same. We do not use insecticides or chemicals. We DO use nitrogen.
How about a little science lesson? Nitrogen is a base element (No. 7) and nitrogen gas (N2) make up 78.1% of the Earth’s air, by volume. Nitrogen is found in all living systems as part of the makeup of biological compounds. The nitrogen cycle is one of the most important processes in nature for living organisms. Although nitrogen gas is relatively inert, bacteria in the soil are capable of “fixing” the nitrogen into a usable form (as a fertilizer) for plants. In other words, Nature has provided a method to produce nitrogen for plants to grow. Nitrogen is crucial to life, as it is a component of all proteins.
We add nitrogen to our soil to enrich it. Feeding the crop in this way nourishes the plant and a well-nourished plant is better able to resist fungus, mold and bacteria because the immune system is better developed. Our standard Golden Flaxseed is this nitrogen fed seed. This is the seed that, until only recently, was used as the seed for organic crops. The government stipulates that organic crops must now be grown from organic seed. This requirement results in a lower yield in progressive years.
All farmers know that nitrogen is a natural element and is perfectly safe to use to nourish the crops. Nitrogen is added to the field before planting and permeates into the soil, enriching it. The roots of the growing seed only use what they need.
We also rotate our products and grow the nitrogen fed seed behind high-protein crops like peas and soy. The plowed under remnants of these crops provide a natural fertilizer as they decompose and put back into the ground the nutrients needed to grow the world’s best flaxseed.
Although we sell a great deal of organic golden flaxseed, the standard golden flaxseed is by far the most requested. A visual comparison of the two will show that the nitrogen fed seed is fuller, shinier, and hardier than the organic flax, even though both are very clean.
Organic flaxseed is more expensive to buy, chiefly because the cleaning process is more difficult. Organic flaxseed from the field typically contains weed seed and other ‘volunteers’ that must be separated out.
While we are talking about cleaning seed, let’s talk about both varieties here.
Inspect our competitors’ flaxseed and see how much debris is in the mix. If you were to look at the typical seed (either dark or light varieties) under a magnifying glass, you would see debris and foreign material that is not flaxseed. No one wants to eat this.
For this reason, we clean and screen our flaxseed a minimum of three times so that no other seeds, (like gluten bearing volunteer wheat berries, weeds, etc.) are in our flax. Ground meal, when purchased, can and usually does contain these foreign hitchhikers. We are proud of our Golden Flaxseed and have gone to great lengths to provide our customers with the finest and cleanest flaxseed available.
We hope that this sheds some light on the differences between Organic and Standard Golden Flax 4 U