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Organic Certification – Is Organic Certified CBD Always Necessary?
Organic certification is the awarded to farmers follow rules and guidelines to ensure their way of farming is in accordance with certain environmental principles. Organic certified CBD has to be produced according to these principles. Normally this is the avoidance of chemical fertilisers and pesticides, general farm production requirements and conversion period, crop production requirements, processing and handling requirements, social justice requirements & labeling requirements. In lay-man’s terms this means that no harmful chemicals or other products have been used at any stage, and the production process has been clean and fair.
Organic Certification in the European Union
The European Union has specified the practices required for organic farming. Products that have been produced using these practices can be recognised by the ‘EU certified organic’ logo. Application for this logo is managed by several different organisations, the biggest of which is the french Ecocert. This organisation has a number of smaller organisations that provide organic certification.
Is Organic Certification Always Necessary
We prefer working with certified organic hemp products because hemp is a bio-accumulator and can absorb heavy metals and pesticides from the soil. We also have relationships with a few hemp producers in Europe that are growing using all of the organic principles, but are still waiting for their certification. For some use cases their CBD products are perfect and much more affordable.
Just because a product is organic certified doesn’t mean the product grown there will not have contaminants. It really depends on the past use of the land, the location and strictness of the regional certifying body and the ethics and principles of the farmer.
Some hemp farmers we know refuse to get official organic certification because they actually farm to a higher standard.