There are 3 things that I’m passionate about; Health, Food and Farmers. It seems like yesterday that I was only dreaming of a world where it would be easier to know what’s in your food, making it easier to avoid things like GMOs.
Much of my passion for creating healthy real food recipes from scratch is fueled because of the limited options available for foods that are non-GMO for most American households (like us).
While we haven’t been able to successfully pass mandatory laws requiring all GMOs to be labeled in our foods, there is no doubt that our voices are being heard!
I was overcome with emotion to hear that a major corporation has pledged to move towards being more sustainable and giving consumers the ability to clearly see what’s in their food – allowing them to choose what they purchase/feed their family.
Soon you’ll even be able to find non-GMO yogurt options at all grocery stores!
Dannon moves toward non-GMO ingredients:
With a growing consumer demand for nonGMO ingredients in the US, Dannon wants to use the strong relationships they have with our farmer partners to move faster to provide products that address this consumer demand.
To provide consumers a choice of more natural products, Dannon is moving some of their best selling brands (Dannon, Oikos, and Danimals) toward nonGMO ingredients. These products represent approximately 50% of total sales.
Because most cow feed in the US is genetically modified today, Danon is also working with feed suppliers and farmer partners to start planting nonGMO feed as soon as possible to fulfill our needs. Once these changes are implemented, the non-gmo products will contain milk from cows fed only nonGMO feed.
By the end of 2017 all products within the Dannon brand family will be made with nonGMO ingredients and we will have completed the full conversion of cow feed for these products.
Dannon’s Label Transparency Pledge:
To further provide transparency about all Dannon products, they commit to declare the presence of GMO ingredients in our products, on their labels, by December 2017, independent of whatever actions are taken by the US federal government.
Danon sources all the milk they use directly from farms, becoming the first of the leading national yogurt makers to embrace this practice.
They have already taken steps in implementing animal welfare practices at their farmer/partner operations via the Validus Certification system.
Danon is confident that by July 2016, more than 90% of our direct milk supply will come from farms that are Validus Certified.
Join our Celebration! (with $4,000 in prizes)
Tuesday, July 12 at 1 pm EST Dannon and Mamavation will host a Facebook party to celebrate the Dannon Pledge!
- Feel Good Fair Trade Package (worth $100) includes a recycled bamboo handbag, a 6oz tub of ethically-produced shea body butter, a Kenyan handmade bracelet, and 1lb of fair-trade ground coffee.
- You are Eco-Beautiful Package (worth $100) includes a $75 gift card to spend on natural and organic makeup from Root, a set of EcoTools eye makeup brushes, and an e-Cloth facial cleansing mitt.
- Activity is My Zen Package (worth $200) includes a $100 gift card to spend on hiking shoes at Merrell, a wristband fitness tracker, and a ThinkSport yoga mat.
- Love Your Bookworm Package (worth $200) includes a Kindle Paperwhite e-reader and decorative case, and an Amazon ebook gift card.
- Deluxe Kitchen Package (worth $400) includes a Tribest Dynablend glass and stainless steel blender, a $100 gift card to spend on kitchenware at Williams-Sonoma, a large bamboo cutting board, a set of ceramic kitchen knives, a set of 4 Acacia wood plates, and a granite mortar and pestle.
- GRAND PRIZE: Trip for two to New York City. Take a trip with a friend to the Big Apple and come see the city! Dannon is supplying you with spending cash, covering your hotel room, and asking you to come visit them on one of the days you’re there to tour Headquarters in White Plains, NY.
You can read more about the Facebook party here.
This post contains content sponsored by The Dannon Company, Inc. The opinions expressed in my post are my own. For more information on Dannon’s move toward sustainable agriculture, naturality and transparency, and non-gmo ingredients visit www.dannonpledge.com and www.dannon.com/ingredients.