Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Ben & Jerry’s to DUMP GMOs

From Raw Story

Ben & Jerry’s is in the process of removing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) entirely from its products, the company announced on its website. According to the company, the ice cream sold in Canada and the US is currently about 80 percent non-GMO; in Europe, it’s 100 percent. The goal is to have GMO ingredients completely phased out by the end of the year. The transition will take at least that long because of the wide range of flavors and ingredients involved.


“While most of our ingredients are already sourced Non-GMO, we decided to take this opportunity to also source any ingredient that can be Fairtrade certified as such. Our goal is for all of our flavors to be Fairtrade certified and sourced with Non-GMO ingredients by the end of the year.”

Furthermore, the company will make changes so that its packaging “will be labeled with respect to GMO by the end of 2013."

In making the announcement, Ben & Jerry’s, which is now owned and operated by the Anglo-Dutch conglomerate Unilever, is taking a hard stance on a murky yet inflammatory debate.
They would have a harder time doing this if they weren’t affiliated worldwide.
Outside the US - GMOs aren't unquestionably accepted.
In the US – manufacturers can’t buy certified non-GMO ingredients.
   Suppliers in the US will not certify that the ingredients
   they supply are GMO-free.
In the Europe - manufacturers can buy certified non-GMO ingredients

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