As awareness surrounding genetically modified organisms continues to balloon around the world as more and more companies are choosing to steer clear of GMOs. Extending the list of companies that are either labeling or avoiding GMOs even further, Ben & Jerry’s has announced that it will completely stop using GMOs in their ice cream by 2014.
Claiming to be offering food that is already 80% GMO-free, Ben & Jerry’s has announced that it will be phasing out ALL GMOs by 2014. Going by what is presented on the company’s website, the move is inspired for all the right reasons: GMOs have been linked to numerous health and environmental issues including cancer, kidney damage, increased health-compromising pesticide use, superweeds, and superbugs, and most importantly – the public has a right to know what’s in their food.
“…But in the United States, companies are not required to disclose whether they are using GMO ingredients. Ben & Jerry’s has a history of going to bat for consumers’ right to know. In fact we led the fight over 10 years ago on behalf of companies who wanted to label their products as coming from cows that were not treated with the genetically engineered growth hormone, rBGH. We believe it’s a fundamental right to know what is in the products you buy and the foods you eat. Seems like a no brainer, really.”
It seems that Ben & Jerry’s is listening to the public’s outcry, and has been for years now. If you love the companies products, you can see its current status on GMOs here:
“Here’s our status: currently, in the United States and Canada, 80% of Ben & Jerry’s ingredients by volume are sourced non-GMO. We commit to sourcing non-GMO ingredients for all our products everywhere by year-end 2013. In fact all our products made in Europe are already non-GMO.
We will track our progress as we complete this conversion, with public updates on this site. Beginning now, and throughout 2013, we will transition packaging so that all Ben & Jerry’s products will be labeled with respect to GMO by the end of 2014.”
Of course Ben & Jerry’s is just one of many companies moving toward a healthier body and planet – at least on the surface. Super store giant, Target, has recently announced they will be adding a new brand to their shelves that will phase out genetically modified ingredients by the end of 2014, and Chipotle Mexican Grill has become the first US restaurant chain to label all GMOs.
With the continuation of the fight against GMOs and Monsanto, there is no doubt that we will continue to positively impact not only the food and environment here in the U.S., but also the world.