Thursday, July 18, 2013

True or False: Certified Organic Dairy means the animals are not fed GMO's?

Stonyfield issued a statement concerning the use of GMO feed on animals that produce the dairy for their Organic Yogurt.

Truth be told, I've thought about this before and I was always curious if you could feed a cow nonorganic feed and still call the yogurt produced organic-- as long as you don't introduce anything nonorganic to the yogurt itself.

According to Stonyfield-- to be certified organic you MUST also use organic feed.

You can read their statement HERE

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I love that they are willing to clarify this for their customers.


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  3. So is Stonyfield a reliable brand? I have a container of yogurt that contains 'Organic Natural Vanilla Flavor'. That term didn't make sense to me, and I couldn't find anything about it online, so I wrote to them. They responded with:

    "Thanks for reaching out with your question about our vanilla. The natural
    vanilla flavor we use is made from vanilla beans just like the more popular
    pure vanilla extract. The difference between the two is the amount of
    alcohol in each. Pure vanilla extract must use at least 35% alcohol to meet
    FDA product definition, while vanilla flavor uses less than 35% alcohol.
    Both must contain at least 13.35 ounces of vanilla beans and normally 65%
    water for each gallon of pure vanilla. And, because all of our products are
    certified organic, you can feel good knowing that every bit of your
    delicious yogurt was produced following organic standards, including the

    I have recently become aware of nasty things like castoreum, so I must say I am a little distrusting with just about everything now, especially if it's a product related to vanilla. What do you think? (And I apologize for the multiple posts.)