AIM offices around the world frequently receive the question as to whether or not AIM products are organic. The answer is interesting.
AIM products are grown under organic standards. For example, crops of barley grass are cultivated without the use of pesticides, herbicides or fungicides and involve other organic practices like crop rotation. As well, some of our ingredients are certified organic such as the seed oils in AIMega.
At the same time, AIM has not pursued organic certifications because it would greatly increase product prices. Besides, there is much more behind the scenes of organic certification.
According to agricultural scientist, Steve Savage, “… surveys of organic conducted by the USDA and by Canadian Food Inspection Agency found un-approved residues in at least 40 percent of samples 1.” In other words, organic certification does not require further testing for chemical residues of pesticides or herbicides.
The difference between an organic product and an AIM product is that once a field has been organically certified, products produced from it are not tested to the standard that we test our products here at AIM. We take quality assurance to a new level, testing for the absence of more than 300 pesticides, herbicides and other chemical residues.
The testing does not end there. We also check for microbiological (bacteria) safety, heavy metals and several other nutritional markers. We also ensure the absence of residual cleaning solvents in over twenty-five different classes. These practices ensure only the highest quality of products for our Members.
(Forbes online magazine)