Nutiva’s certified organic hemp seeds are grown without any chemical pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers. Are Nutiva hemp seeds raw? Yes! Nutiva’s hemp products are cold-processed (under 104F) from raw, live hemp seeds. Nutiva utilizes a mechanical process to remove the hard shells, yielding our delicious organic shelled hemp seeds. Because Nutiva cannot legally grow hemp in the United States, we must rely on Canadian farmers to produce our hemp crops. Shortages of organic seeds often occur due to weather or because surging sales outstrip supply.Cold-ProcessedOxygen RemovedThese steps ensure freshness and help protect the delicate Omega-3 fatty acids. It’s part of Nutiva’s commitment to “”Nourishing People and Planet.””Storage: It is best to keep our seeds refrigerated and air tight. If you purchase a bulk 5-pound bag, consider adding a pound to a container for daily use, and seal up the 5-pound bag and place it in the freezer. This will help protect the seed quality.