You should know what’s in your food!

Have you ever felt like you needed an encyclopedia to translate all the different labels you see as you walk through today’s grocery store aisles: Non-GMO, Organic, Sustainable, Natural, Gluten-Free - the list goes on.  

So, you turn to the internet, but after a few minutes of searching you’re even more confused than when you started: nearly every resource is full of conflicting or worse, incomplete information.  

The truth is, it takes time and dedication to learn everything there is to know about food labels. We’re experts on wheat and flour, not the entire food industry, and we are proud of our commitment to transparency about our farming practices.  

What labels do you see on Shepherd’s Grain’s bags?  

Check out the full breakdown below…

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Non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) 

Did you know that there is no genetically modified wheat on earth? A wheat farmer in the US cannot buy GMO seeds to plant. In fact, some wheat varieties are considered ancient grains. We know many of you are strictly Non-GMO, so we’ve gotten certified by the Non-GMO Project, to make sure our customers know immediately that this product is for them.  

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Food Alliance Certified  

We’re proud to be certified sustainable by Food Alliance, whose mission is to ensure: 

•   Safe and fair working conditions 

•   The health and humane treatment of farm animals 

•   Reduced risk from pesticides and other toxic or hazardous materials 

•   Protection and enhancement of wildlife habitat and biodiversity 

•   Conservation of soil, water, and energy, and reduction and recycling of waste 

•   Transparent and traceable supply chains 

•   Food product integrity, with no genetically engineered or artificial ingredients 

•   Continual improvement of management practices 

Learn more about how we use no-till and direct seeding practices to pass their certification. 

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Whole Grain Council (Only on our whole wheat flour)

All grains start their life as whole grain and remain one as long as all three original parts — the bran, germ, and endosperm — are still present in the same proportions as when the grain was growing in the fields. Whole Grain Council is a nonprofit consumer advocacy group working to increase consumption of whole grains for better health. Shepherd’s Grain Whole Wheat Flour is marked 100% whole grain with 31g or more per serving.

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Pareve is a Judaic adjective meaning, “prepared without meat, milk, or their derivatives and therefore permissible to be eaten with both meat and dairy dishes according to dietary laws.” The symbol proceeding it denotes that the product is Kosher. L’chaim!

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We encourage you to take a deeper look. Get to know the products on your shelves so you can learn and understand what the labels mean. Ask your food providers for more transparency. If they work with farmers like ours, they’ll be proud to share information about how your food is grown. You deserve that, we all do.

You’ll also find recipes on the back of our 5 lb. Bags (some can be found on our blog, as well). Try them out and add #BakewithSG when you post a picture of your creation.

Happy baking!

FarmingTerry Wright