What is the difference between our Traditional labelled oats and the Certified Organic?
Oats are frequently called “old fashioned oats” or “rolled oats.” Whether “regular” or “organic”, the oats are baked, steamed, rolled, and cut into flakes. The nutritional value is identical. However, there are differences between organic and regular oats.
We source both the Traditional Uncontaminated Oats and the Certified Organic Uncontaminated Oats from GF Harvest in Wyoming, USA. The certified organic uncontaminated rolled oat fields aren’t treated with herbicides or pesticides and animal based fertilizer is used. Whereby the fields that grow the traditional uncontaminated rolled oats fields are treated with a weed spray, occasionally. When the weed spray is used, it is done before the heads on the oat plants form. Then when the traditional field is harvested, we test the oats to ensure they are free from herbicide reside.
Wyoming has such a dry climate that pesticides are not usually needed in our traditional uncontaminated oat fields.
Organic farming methods are markedly different from conventional growing methods, and according to a research review published in 2014 in the “British Journal of Nutrition,” organic crops may also contain higher antioxidant concentrations. Although organic and regular oats have the same nutritional information and benefits, there is a chance organic oats could be safer to consume because they are not produced with chemical pesticides or fertilizers.
Also, to be noted that each of the crop varieties follow strict exclusion zones from crops that threaten to contaminate the oats at the farm level. Therefore, both the traditional oats and the certified organic oats are uncontaminated from the gluten found in wheat, rye and barley. In the US, UK, Canada and parts of Europe this same variety is labelled as gluten free oats, however here in Australia we are unable to label them gluten free oats due to labelling restrictions.