seed saving vs GMO, and a little bit about quality control

lots of gratitude - the only way we can describe how we feel - to have laid the groundwork with rice growers who follow the traditional practice of selecting and saving their best seeds

rice seed saving in Thailand

Seed ownership by farmers cannot be underestimated

Most seeds are saved from our previous harvest; every few years half is being exchanged with rice growers at different sites

yields turn out better this way and rice plants are less prone to disease

Seed saving, a practice over 11,000 year old (for rice around 5,000 years), is under threat.

Few (Thai) farmers are self-reliant and in control of their seeds. The majority purchases commercial seed strains (not necessarily GMO), year after year. Along with chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

"Q logo", the most prominent Thai organic label, authorized by the National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards (ACFS), even allows some of those chemicals in its organic guidelines.

Yearly selection of strongest seeds adapted to the rice grower's paddies and its local ecosystem results in a healthy, nutritious, high yielding grain while ensuring biodiversity and expanding the natural gene pool, which, in our view, is crazy important for our future.

since 2008 both the Thai government and the academic world pledged to keep Thai rice GMO free

as a result GMO rice can neither be grown nor exported

GMO crops in Thailand are redundant: corn, tomato, soy, papaya (and cotton) often are genetically modified.

Luckily, the national rice master plan outlines a policy which intends to ensure Thailand's reputation as a non-GMO rice exporter and we are not aware of genetically modified rice growing in Thailand.

When we find out otherwise, we'll do an update.

quality control

we grow organic Thai rice, lab results available

Every 2-3 years we send our rice to the lab

4 groups of agrochemicals, arsenic and mercury are analyzed. GMO we only screen once.

Tests are done either by the Central Lab (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Chiang Mai Branch (ISO 17205 accredited) or at the lab services of Maejo University.

Results are published here.

contact us anytime to get a copy of all certificates of the batch you got your rice from

If you'd like to have more details, contact us or write an email.

Mention the date of your purchase and we track down the according documents.

phytosanitary certificate

Early 2019, the Office of Rice Inspection Committee, a Thai Foreign Trade department agency one has to pass to export rice, introduced a grading program for pigmented rice and ever since our rice has been receiving 'prime quality' status, the highest qualification Thai pigmented rice can get.

These grading results have become an essential part of the phytosanitary certificate, issued by the Thai Department of Agriculture and exchanged with the USDA APHIS in order to allowed entry in the US.

Note on the document, we don't fumigate with chemicals either.