Maintaining and Surpassing True, Actual, Hard-Core Organic Standards (Abridged)
TruGanic™ is a purist, hard-core, quality standard for sourcing and production significantly beyond organic. The TruGanic™ standard was created by Dr. Jameth Sheridan of HealthForce Nutritionals to verify absolute purity. This came in response to significant erosion and widespread dissatisfaction with organic standards as defined by the USDA.
“Organic” agriculture began in the early 1970s as a loosely defined grassroots style of agriculture that did NOT involve the use of any chemical pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic chemicals of any kind, either during or after the growing process. Over the ensuing years, organically grown and processed products became so popular that in 1995 the USDA stepped in to establish definitions and standards for this grassroots concept. The USDA Consumer Brochure states:
“Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation…. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.”
The USDA National Organics Standards Board now mandates annual inspections of the 30,000-plus certified organic farms and processing facilities around the world by a certifying agent to ensure that they are following organic practices. Currently, these inspections only require actual testing to verify that organically grown foods are free of chemicals in cases where contamination is “suspected.” With current organic standards, organically grown food may contain up to 5% of the EPA tolerance for a given contaminant. As the 1995 NOSB definition of organics states:
“Organic agriculture practices cannot ensure that products are completely free of residues; however, methods are used to minimize pollution from air, soil and water.”
In addition to the issues described above, the USDA is part of the U.S. government and can be lobbied by large corporations to water down the organic standards to their liking. Thus, the list of chemicals which are “approved” for use in the production of organic foods continues to grow.
Organic Certification vs. TruGanic™ Verification
Now that the USDA legally owns and regulates “Organic,” a significant portion of its intent and purity has been eroded. Whereas organic typically “certifies” its weaker standard with paperwork only and NO ACTUAL testing, TruGanic™ verifies its stricter, hard-core standard with mandatory actual testing.
All the ingredients in TruGanic™ products must pass actual tests to verify they are:
100% pesticide free, insecticide free, and herbicide free. Defined as ZERO detectable.
- 100% GMO free. Defined as ZERO GMO detectable.
- 100% irradiation free. Defined as ZERO detectable.
- Nutrient Dense. This is a way to check up on the use of non-organic fertilizers.
Over the years since we began our TruGanic™ program, we have discovered many certified organic ingredients that tested POSITIVE for irradiation, GMO, pesticides, and other undesirable elements.
TruGanic™ sourcing is an endeavor to find the purest and most potent ingredients available, with the smallest carbon footprint and the most eco-friendly growing practices as possible. We source and grow local for as many things as possible. However, the complexity of our formulas involves sourcing from all over the world. All TruGanic™ sourced products are either certified organic, wildcrafted, or naturally grown, without pesticides/herbicides. Some fluctuate seasonally between certified organic and wildcrafted. All must meet the current TruGanic™ standards or they are sent back.
Wildcrafted and 100% Verified Organic vs. Certified Organic
Dr. Sheridan always chooses the raw materials that he feels are the absolute best for people’s health. HealthForce uses wildcrafted and naturally-grown raw materials that are verified free of irradiation, GMO, pesticides, and other contaminants over those that HAVE these contaminants but are certified organic. As a result of our TruGanic™ standards, our products are not always 100% certified organic, but they are always superior in quality to what they would have been had we restricted ourselves to only certified organic ingredients. This does not look as good on the label, but it is the ethical/moral, healthful, and right thing to do. Our products may not look as good as others on the outside (label), but on the inside (actual product), where it counts, our products are the purest and most nutrient-rich in the industry.
HealthForce is a Certified Organic Processor. There was a lot of paperwork involved with this, but this was easy for us, as we already surpassed (by far) organic production standards. A pure, clean facility and production process is absolutely foundational to our philosophy and practice. TruGanic™ production standards represent our absolute commitment to not only fulfill organic production standards, but also to far exceed them.
HealthForce goes significantly beyond organic processing. For example, the National Organic Standards allows the use of regular insecticides to control pests in the production environment, as long as a log is filled out stating that product was protected from being sprayed. But what about the air? What about the residue? HealthForce uses non-deadly ultrasonic pest raiders and essential oils for 100% effective pest control. We would never use chemicals. Also, all computers in our production facility use an ethernet cable. Wireless internet and cell phones are not allowed into our facility, due to the damaging EMFs they emit.
TruGanic™ Cannot Be Lobbied
With TruGanic™, there are no games that can be played. Products must test 100% free of contaminants. Period. This is a standard that cannot be and will not ever be watered down. TruGanic™ is not for sale to anyone for any price. It is what organic was meant to be, what organic used to be, and what the evolution of organic should be today. The TruGanic™ standard is an integral part of our commitment to providing the purest, most comprehensive, most therapeutic and nutrient-rich products that we possibly can, without compromise!
“The quality, therapeutic concentration, and affordability of a nutritional product can, and often does, mean the difference between lethargy and energy, sickness and health, and, quite literally, life and death. I don’t want anyone to be tired, sick, or dead because they could not obtain or afford the best possible product. If someone does not feel this same way, they should not be in the nutritional product business. I live and breathe this philosophy in both my personal and professional life and constantly strive to evolve HealthForce products and offer them at the best possible values. I would rather die than compromise these principles.”
Dr. Jameth Sheridan (D.H.M.) – Doctor of Holistic Medicine, Naturopath,
and Hard-Core Herbal Medicine Researcher