FAQs – General Questions
To be certified organic the food must…
– Contain NO GMO’s! What’s a GMO you ask? It stands for Genetically Modified Organism. We could really go on all day about why we do not want them in our products, and especially do not want to feed them to our wonderful customers. To learn more about GMO’s, see our FAQ “What is a GMO?”
– Be grown and harvested in a safe and sustainable manner, with NO artificial fertilizers, NO artificial pesticides and NO irradiation!
– Contain NO artificial flavors, colors or preservatives!
Why else should you choose organic?
– Organic agriculture preserves natural resources and biodiversity.
– It supports animal health and welfare (for meat products, certified organic means they have not be subjected to growth hormones or harmful antibiotics).
– Organic foods have been shown to have better nutritional value than conventionally grown food.
Need a crash course on what a GMO is? Keep reading to get the scoop, you’ll be glad you did…
GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. Sometimes just referred to as GM or Genetically Modified foods, they have generated a global debate on the safety and potential ramifications that may be associated with growing and eating them.
According to the World Health Organization (aka WHO), genetically modified organisms are defined as “organisms in which the genetic material (deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA for short) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally.”
Put simply, GMOs are created by taking the genes of organisms such as animals, bacteria and even viruses and injecting them into other, often unrelated, species. To us, this is off-putting. We prefer our food to have its original DNA.
Here are a few issues that are on the table regarding Genetically Modified Foods:
GM foods can have pesticides that are PART of their DNA that you cannot wash off.The long term effects and safety of consuming these insecticides within the DNA have been a hot item for debate. The most common found occurrence of this is in GM corn. Genetically modified corn has its DNA infused with a toxin that comes from the insecticide known as Baccilus thurengiensis, or Bt. We think we’ll pass on that, thanks!
“Roundup Ready Crops” are crops that have been genetically engineered to be resistant to the pesticide Roundup. So what’s the issue there? Unfortunately, this has been shown toincrease herbicide resistance in weeds that grow in the Roundup Ready fields. This means more pesticide usage to keep down the Super Weeds and Super Pests created by roundup ready crops. Super Pests and Super Weed!? Is this real life or a crazy villain in a comic book? We think roundup ready crops are Super Awful.
Roundup ready crops are also known as terminator seeds because they can only be used once, forcing farmers to re-buy seeds each new growing season and not allowing them to utilize their best seeds (an agriculture technique that has been used since the beginning of farming!). Roundup ready crops currently in the market are soy, canola, alfalfa, cotton and sorghum.
Consumption of antibiotics. Making GMOs in the lab is no cake walk. This messy process of shooting the DNA of one organism into another makes it difficult to see if the combination was successful. So what is the “solution” that biotech companies came up with? Track it with an antibiotic marker gene of course. These are then ingested by humans and animals that consume GM foods.
Cross contamination of organic and conventional crops. Cross pollination is a completely natural occurrence that happens in nature. Unfortunately, with the rise of many GM crop fields, they are cross pollinating with the organic and conventional non-GM fields. This means that farmers that are trying to keep their crops non-GMO may eventually find their crops have been contaminated with them. This exacerbates the importance of knowing and trusting your farmers and being confident that there has not been a cross contamination. We are proud to say all of our farmers and raw ingredient sources go through great measures to obtain and maintain their USDA Organic Seal, assuring there are no GMOs to be found.
The world of genetically modified organisms can be confusing (but hey, isn’t all mad science?). We hope our answer helped you to understand this massive topic a little more. If you still have questions, please ask! We have been in the organic world for many years and very well may have the answers you are looking for!
AKA: The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act
Let’s face it….laws can prove to be tricky to understand sometimes. When it comes to Prop 65, some of the language can even be frightening. We hope it will be to your relief that we’ve already done our homework on this one and want to share with you (in understandable language!) what exactly Prop 65 is. If you have any questions after reading please feel free to contact our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is California Proposition 65?
Please don’t be alarmed by this warning label. It only applies in the state of California and being a California company, we include it on our packaging to avoid legal problems. Most experts agree that Proposition 65 is scientifically invalid and completely obsolete, especially when it comes to food products like ours! It’s a California law that was passed way back in 1986 as part of the safe drinking water act. It was originally intended to regulate the amount of toxic chemicals in drinking water.
The reason we are required to include it is because of the trace amounts of naturally occurring heavy metals. Some of these heavy metals in large enough quantities could be harmful to people. The amounts that might be traceable in Boku would be extremely low and they occur naturally because our fruits and vegetables come out of the ground! While we only source from the most pristine places on earth, the existence of tiny amounts of these heavy metals is impossible to avoid.
Only California has this law and again, most people agree it’s completely obsolete. Because we ship to customers all over the world, its just easier for us to include the warning on all of our packages even though it only applies to customers living in California. We’re very sorry for any confusion! The law has been criticized for years and we hope to see it change very soon! Meanwhile, we hope you can rest assured knowing that Boku Super food products contain only the purest, most health forming ingredients on earth!
If you have more questions, we invite you to contact our friendly support team at email@example.com.
We have done our research on Paleo to find that there are some “gray areas” of Paleo diets. For example, some Paleo practices allow for Rice Protein and other forms of vegan protein, while others do not. Below, we’ve outlined products that are in that “gray area” as well as products that we have deemed fully Paleo.
Matcha Green Tea (unsweetened)
Boku in the Buff
Gray area Paleo:
Super Protein 2.0 (Rice Protein)
Super Protein Essentials Chocolate (contains Pea protein)
Super Protein Essentials Vanilla (contains Pea protein)
Superfood Essentials (contains small amounts of Pea protein)