For those who think Vermont’s state-imposed labeling law will create unnecessary confusion for the rest of the country, you might also want to look at some of the clear advantages the law provides. In addition to other companies such as Mars, General Mills and Campbells labeling GMOs, now Dannon yogurt will actually reduce GMOs in three of their yogurt brands. Dannon, Oikos and Danimals (yes, that’s a real name), which represent 50 percent of their profits, will see the GMO reduction.
According to Mariano Lozano, chief executive of the company, “For the last many decades, we’ve had a system that encourages short-term efficiencies at the expense of soil health, animal welfare and biodiversity. We want to play a part in changing that system.”
Perhaps the big surprise here, however, is that Dannon looks to ensure the cows will be fed non-GMO feed — something brand new for a leading non-organic yogurt brand.
For the company’s foundation ingredient—milk—Dannon is going one big step further. Starting in 2017 and completing the transformation by the end of 2018, Dannon will work with its farmer partners to ensure that the cows that supply Dannon’s milk for these flagship products will be fed non-GMO feed.
Statements like this should encourage those fighting for transparency in our food supply. And according to the article:
In the coming years Dannon will also make changes to its other product lines in an effort to “increase transparency” and “evolve more natural and fewer ingredients for flagship brands.”
Regardless of whether the Vermont labeling law goes into effect, the positive changes spurred by its creation continue to propel food companies toward change.
To read the entire article, go to http://www.nationofchange.org/news/2016/05/02/dannon-yogurt-remove-gmo-ingredients-source-milk-non-gmo-fed-cows/