Can salt ever be defined as organic? Yes, if the term is used loosely as a marketing tool, but technically, no, it cannot. Let’s begin by understanding the differences between organic and inorganic as they relate to matter.
An organism is a living thing and contains carbon atoms. Only organisms, whether living or dead, are defined as organic substances. Non-living things cannot be organic. They contain no carbon or hydrogen atoms unless left there by a living organism, and are considered to be inorganic substances or compounds.
The term certified organic is not associated with the nature of compounds. It refers to the strict guidelines that limit the use of pesticides and synthetic materials and do not damage the environment. It’s a regulatory system whose guidelines are set by the United States Department of Agriculture. Foods that do not comply with these standards are considered non-organic, not inorganic.
The requirement for certification is what sets organic and non-organic products apart. Independent organizations that act as advocates for the consumer oversea farm inputs and operation, and the growing and processing of agriculture that is to be certified. Without strict compliance, certification is denied.
There are many salts that are not processed and are free from pesticides or synthetic substances. They can be certified as organic in other countries by reputable organizations. But because salt is not an agricultural product, it cannot fall under the guidelines of the USDA Certified Organic program, and therefore we do not include salt in our blends. Doing so would compromise our products’ Certified Organic status.
We know our supply chain so we’re comfortable with the assurance that we’re selling products with integrity. All our blends are salt free and 100% organic, with the exception of sumac, which contains 3% salt.