We are often asked if Source Organic Whey Protein is raw? What is truly raw whey protein? First let’s define "raw."
It is generally accepted that raw food that is not heated above 117 degrees (48 degrees Celsius). The term raw is often used in the natural and organic food industry but there is NO industry certification for raw, each company that claims their product is raw does so on their own accord. Many companies use what I would consider deceptive wording to infer their products are raw. For example, Raw Organic Whey, would lead me to believe that their whey protein is raw and organic. Raw Organic Whey is NOT raw, although they do not make this clear on their website. Where does Raw Organic Whey come from? There is no information on sourcing and we know from this post that USDA organic does not mean that the whey is necessarily from the US or that the cows are pasture fed.
So what if you want raw organic whey? There are no companies producing raw organic whey protein. Unfortunately there is no process currently available that would allow for large scale, safe, repeatable production of raw organic whey protein. Selling raw organic whey online would be ILLEGAL per FDA regulations. Agree with this or not, it is the law.
The only way to get raw whey would be to start with raw milk and separate the curds and whey, this would result in a raw liquid whey, which then could theoretically be dried into a powder (below 117 degrees). Remember, to produce 1 lb of whey protein you need 100 lbs of liquidwhey. For a DIY delicious and fun raw cheese and raw whey recipe try this.
So how is Source Organic Whey made? Check out our next post!
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Today there are many organic whey proteins available. When Source Organic Whey Protein started in 2011 there were less than 5 brands in the US and I knew where and how each one was produced. Currently there are many brands of organic whey protein, and few if any brands are transparent in where they source their organic whey protein. So how does a consumer know where their whey is coming from?
The USDA Organic standard defines the following in regards to organic agriculture: "standards cover the product from farm to table, including soil and water quality, pest control, livestock practices, and rules for food additives."
The USDA Organic Seal on a whey protein DOES NOT tell you:
In conclusion, ask some questions! Look at the organic whey protein brands and see if you can trace exactly, all the way to THE FARM where your organic whey comes from. At Source Organic you can! We know our farmers and are proud to work with them!
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In a nutshell, the Non-GMO Project goes the extra mile to ensure that all Non-GMO Project Verified foods have never been exposed to genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The description below runs through the possibility of cross contamination in crops and feed, and how the National Organic Program has great guidelines, but only the Non-GMO Project is testing to confirm there are no GMOs present.
Source Organic Whey Protein is proud to be the only Non-GMO Project Verified organic whey protein, and we have the great people at Rumiano Cheese Company and their local dairy farms to thank.
While the National Organic Program (NOP) identifies genetic modification as an excluded method, GMOs are not listed as a prohibited substance. This means that although GMO seeds are not supposed to be planted and GMO ingredients are not supposed to be used, no testing is required to show whether any GMO cross-pollination or contamination has occurred. These rules were established at a time when GMOs were in limited production and neither cross-pollination nor contamination was a significant risk. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. Genetically modified varieties now make up the majority of key commodity crops in North America such as corn, soy, and canola. As such, cross-pollination from GMO crops and GMO contamination of non-GMO seeds, ingredients, and products is a real risk, even for certified organic products. The good news is that the NOP has excellent guidelines for traceability and segregation, and the Non-GMO Project is designed to honor the work that certified organic companies are already doing, with the added measure of testing risk ingredients at critical control points.
There has been a lot in the news recently about new GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) and pesticide testing in Hawaii. A number of pro surfers have banded together to raise awareness about the issue including Kelly Slater, John John Florence, Sebastian Zietz, and Dustin Barca. Also, a recent documentary was produced by pro surfer and activist Kyle Thiermann that is linked to below.
GMO crops include corn, canola, soy, sugar beets, and cotton, but more than 60 countries have banned or seriously restricted GMOs because they aren't considered to be safe. The US is not one of these countries, in fact, GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventionally processed food. Nearly 90% of corn, 94% of soy, and 90% of cottonseed grown in the U.S. are from genetically engineered seeds.
Hawaii is ground zero for new GMO and pesticide testing. The largest biotech agrichemical corporations in the world (including Syngenta, Monsanto, Pioneer, Dow Chemical, and BASF) are spraying toxic restricted use pesticides on GMO field trials near schools, hospitals, and residential neighborhoods.
This is where we need your help.
Share the video, sign the petition to evict Monsanto from the North Shore of Oahu, put the pressure on Hawaii state politicians, blame GMO companies and spread the word.
Also, buy organic and Non-GMO Project certified foods, ask your local restaurants if they have any non-GMO menu items, and shop at your local farmers market.
Source is proud to be GMO-free and Non-GMO Project Verified.
With a number of organic whey protein brands on the market, it sometimes can be hard to tell which brands are best. The goal of this post is to point out these differences so you can find the organic whey protein that best fits your needs.
Here are some things to consider when choosing an organic whey protein: the type of feed the cows consume, the use of soy, the treatment of the cows, the protein's source, and whether the cows are truly "grass-fed."
One of the first things you should check is whether the organic whey protein is Non-GMO Project Verified. Almost all the organic whey proteins on the market claim that their cows are fed Non-GMO feed but only one protein, Source Organic Whey, has met the strict standards of the Non-GMO Project.
Next, check the ingredient listing on the label to see if there are any soy ingredients. Many organic whey proteins use soy lecithin while only a few do not. Source Organic Whey does not use soy in any of its products.
Third, consider the treatment of the cows. There are very few brands that even mention where their cows are located, let alone if they treat the cows well. Also, many of these products will claim the milk used to produce their whey comes from small family farms, but never mention where these farms are. Other companies do this because their milk is received from farms all across the nation. Source Organic Whey comes exclusively from Northern California farms that are certified by the American Humane Association for their animal welfare practices.
Finally, no brand will tell how long their cows are grazing in pasture each year. Grass-fed organic whey protein still qualifies as “grass-fed” even if the cows are in a heated barn being fed grass that was harvested months ago. Source Organic Whey’s cows are located in a small region of Northern California allowing for an average of 350 days of pastured grazing per year. Compare this to cows in other parts of the country that are left standing in barns, with little exercise or movement for over 3 months a year.
So when deciding which organic whey protein to choose please consider:
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Al, MS, RD and Steve
Source Organic Whey is one of the most pure, grass-fed, organic whey protein powders on the market. From Jersey cows on family farms in Northern California, we think it's the best whey protein out there.
Dear NorCal Organic Customer,
We have always been a company focused on providing the highest quality products to our customers. This includes our packaging. Recently we started using a new type of bag with the goal of reducing the amount of plastic we use. This was based on our company's environmental goals as well as many customer requests.
The new bags have an inner bag that protects the ingredients inside from air and moisture. The second layer of the bag, instead of using a plastic, we chose to use a paper based layer made from wood pulp. This reduced the plastic in our bags by 60%. Unfortunately, we have heard from a number of customers that this new bag is not durable enough and they have received bags that were damaged in shipping.
First, we apologize if you have been one of the customers that has received a damaged bag. Second, we are working as quickly as we can to bring back our previous bag packaging that provided the durability needed for our product to survive what can be a rough shipping experience.
Please reach out to us if you have received a damaged bag so we can take care of this.
Thank you for your understanding and patience, we will work as quickly as we can to correct this.
Thank you for your support.