Friday, January 11, 2013

Ben and Jerry's: going GMO Free by 2014

A big fat pat on the back to Ben and Jerry's for making the goal to be completely GMO FREE by 2014.
After I read their announcement I sent them an email of support and asked for the list of 22 GMO Free flavors. I got a response in less than 24 hours. (nice work Ben and Jerry!) I firmly believe our biggest, most valuable vote is our dollar bill. Spend it wisely.

The 22 NON-GMO Flavors:
Milk & Cookies
Pistachio Pistachio
Cherry Garcia
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Chocolate Fudge Brownie
Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl
Chunky Monkey
Coffee, Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz
Half Baked
Mint Chocolate Chunk
Chocowlate Chip
Peanut Butter Cup
Mud Pie
Chocolate Nougat Crunch
What a Cluster
Red Velvet Cake
Chocolate Therapy
Mint Chocolate Cookie
Sweet Cream and Cookies

From their website:
As we've watched the debate in California on GMO labeling, it is clear to us that consumers in California and around the country want to know whether their food contains genetically modified ingredients (GMO). Ben & Jerry’s passionately believes that everyone has the right to know what’s in their food.
Here’s our status: currently, in the United States and Canada, 80% of Ben & Jerry’s ingredients by volume are already non-GMO and 22 of our flavors are fully non-GMO. We commit to sourcing non-GMO ingredients for all our products everywhere by year-end 2013. In fact all our products made outside North America are already non-GMO.
We will track our progress as we complete this conversion, with public updates on our website. Beginning now, and throughout 2013, we will transition packaging so that all Ben & Jerry’s products will be labeled with respect to GMO by 2014.
We have a long history of siding with consumers and their right to know what’s in their food. We fought long and hard for labeling of rBGH, which was the first genetically engineered technology used in the US food system. We thank and encourage all those who are continuing this fight in support of transparency and the consumer’s right to know.

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