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Is Your Spirulina Organic?

Is Your Spirulina Organic?
Yes. But it’s not “Certified Organic” because that’s a designation that was developed more for agriculture (things grown in soil) and not aquaculture (things grown in water).

The Differences Between Organic Agriculture and Organic Aquaculture
In order for agricultural crops to be considered “certified organic,” they need to be grown in an eco-system that uses nutrient sources approved as organic (as well as meet other certification standards regarding pesticide use, product traceability through the supply chain, etc.). This means that the nitrogen fertilizer used in the growing process must be organic, too. Organic nitrogen comes from plant and animal waste, like cow manure; nitrogen that is inorganic is mined from the earth (and can’t be used in “certified organic” agriculture).

The problem is that with spirulina, inorganic nitrogen sources are a natural part of the growth process in blue-green algae. Spirulina grows naturally in waters that are rich in inorganic mineral salts like phosphorus, nitrogen, and natrium. The inorganic fertilizer found naturally in the Earth’s soil is how spirulina has been nourished for over three billion years. So, true organic spirulina is not fertilized using fertilizer derived from plant and animal waste, therefore, it cannot ever be “certified organic.”

How is Your Spirulina Produced?
Our spirulina is grown in manmade ponds filled with fresh drinking water that recreate the same growing conditions found in nature in order to cultivate true organic spirulina. Our spirulina uses the same inorganic fertilizer from nature (phosphorus, nitrogen, and natrium) to fuel our spirulina crops, because that is natural food for the algae. The spirulina is grown in fully lined ponds with no runoff and no soil contamination.

Why Can’t Organic Fertilizer Be Used In Aquaculture?
If plant and animal waste were to be used in aquaculture, the spirulina would be in direct contact with the waste, making contamination, including bacteria and heavy metals like mercury and lead, a very real possibility.

Why Is Some Spirulina Labeled as “Certified Organic” Then?
There is “Certified Organic” spirulina out there…it almost all comes from India or China and they’re using plant or animal waste as their fertilizer source in order to be able to put “Certified Organic” on their label. Unfortunately, many consumers think “certified organic” means it must be high quality, which is definitely not the case when it comes to spirulina. (This is why “certified organic” spirulina has a very strong fishy odor, unpleasant taste, and often contaminated by heavy metals.)

Have More Questions?
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