The Trademark

KAMUT® was first registered as a trademark with the US Patent and Trademark office in 1990. This was done to protect and preserve the exceptional qualities of this ancient khorasan wheat variety, for the benefit of all those who are interested in high quality, healthy food.

The KAMUT® trademark is a guarantee that the khorasan wheat bearing it is always the original, unmodified, unhybridized and non-GMO variety. KAMUT® khorasan wheat is also always grown certified organic and meets high purity, nutrition and quality standards.

The word KAMUT, meaning “wheat” in the ancient Egyptian language, was found in An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary by E. A. Wallis Budge, first published in London by John Murray in 1920. Since this was from a dead language and KAMUT was not a word in common use in other languages, it was possible to register it as a trademark.  
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As far as it is known, khorasan wheat had not been in commercial production in modern times and had been almost completely replaced as a result of modern breeding programs. These programs have produced bread wheat, durum wheat, and even spelt wheat with higher yields that respond better to high input agriculture. These modern grains also have been bred to be more disease resistant and have better manufacturing characteristics. A more recent development is transgenic manipulation to create plants with characteristics completely unlike their parents. Many people refer to these crops as GMO’s (genetically modified organisms). Although GMO wheat exists, it has not yet been allowed on the market for human or animal consumption. Meanwhile, ancient wheat, such as KAMUT® khorasan wheat, has survived without these modern alterations and is still packed with all the essential nutritional attributes that earned wheat the title of “the staff of life”.

It is possible, however, that one could take khorasan wheat and manipulate it in an attempt to improve some of its agronomic shortcomings, which would be perfectly legal. The philosophy of Kamut International has been to preserve the variety in its original form without these kinds of manipulations. Thus, when consumers see the KAMUT® trademark, they can be sure that the products contain the pure, ancient khorasan wheat. 
Any wheat sold under the KAMUT® trademark must follow the quality specifications required by Kamut International and Kamut Enterprises of Europe. Consequently, anyone who wants to use the KAMUT® trademark must sign, free of charge, a license agreeing to follow these specifications. In this manner the customer is guaranteed quality and purity when they see the KAMUT® brand.

KAMUT® khorasan wheat shall:
1. Be the pure ancient khorasan variety of wheat
2. Be grown only as a certified organic grain
3. Have a protein range of 12% -  18%.
4. Be 99% free of contaminating varieties of modern wheat
5. Be 98% free of all signs of disease
6. Contain 400 to 1000 ppb selenium
7. Not be used in products which are named or marketed in a misleading or deceptive manner

Kamut International and Kamut Enterprises of Europe work diligently to protect the KAMUT® trademark by ensuring its proper usage and the integrity of products bearing the KAMUT® trademark for the benefit of all consumers and companies that use and depend on it.