Why consumers, companies should support national GMO labels

While I-522, which would have required the labeling of genetically modified (GMO) foods sold in Washington, was recently defeated, the combined $30 million that was raised by both sides during the campaign speaks to the strong and growing interest in the issue of GMO labeling.

Read the full article via the Daily Camera here.

A Passion for National Labeling

Just Label It

Our partner Just Label It feels just as strongly as we do on national labeling. Read more about that support at http://bit.ly/16vEUxR.

 

GMO OMG Boulder Screening

Last night, our Silk and Horizon brands sponsored a special screening of the award-winning documentary, GMO OMG at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, Colo. Film makers, Joshua Kunau and Jeremy Seifert, attended the screening and participated in a post-film Q&A session with audience members. It was a packed house with nearly 400 people at the screening. 

The film explores how Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) may impact our health, our planet and our freedom to choose what’s in the food we eat. GMO OMG traces Jeremy’s journey, as a concerned father, from Haiti to Norway to Paris in search of the truth about GMOs.

WhiteWave strongly supports transparency in labeling and the right for people to know what’s in their food and we’re proud to help bring more awareness to the important issue of how our food is produced.

WhiteWave Foods is also committed to the non-GMO movement as a supporter of the national campaign, Just Label It!, which has collected more than 1.3 million signatures from concerned consumers in support of GMO labeling. Silk is a proud participant in the Non-GMO Project product verification program, which provides independent verification that products are made in a system designed to avoid GMOs. Silk’s plant-based beverages proudly carry the “Non-GMO Project Verified” Seal. All of Horizon’s products carry the USDA Organic Seal, and comply with the National Organic Program’s stringent requirements, including those regarding GMO ingredients.

More information about the film, GMO OMG is available at http://www.gmofilm.com/. Please visit http://silk.com/our-story/non-gmo for more information on Silk’s efforts to support non-GMO efforts.

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Film makers Joshua Kunau and Jeremy Seifert, and Kelly Shea from WhiteWave Foods during the Q&A session.

GMO OMG

WhiteWave recently held two exclusive sneak peak screenings of the Silk and Horizon sponsored film, GMO OMG for our employees and also for leaders in the natural and organic industry. As you already know (since you’re savvy readers of The Grazing Mind) GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.

The film GMO OMG explores how loss of seed diversity and corresponding laboratory assisted genetic alteration of food affect young children, the health of our planet, and freedom of choice everywhere. At WhiteWave, we strongly support transparency in labeling and the right for people to know what’s in the food and beverages they eat and drink. WhiteWave is committed to the non-GMO movement and we are a supporter of the national campaign, Just Label It! and have been a longtime supporter of the Non-GMO Project. Silk’s entire line of plant-based beverages has been verified by, or is enrolled in, the Non-GMO Project. All of Horizon’s products carry the USDA Organic Seal, and have been certified organic for more than 20 years, highlighting the fact that all Horizon products are produced without the use of antibiotics, added growth hormones, and GMOs.

These screenings were a great opportunity for our employees and local leaders in the natural foods industry to learn more about this important topic and WhiteWave’s commitment to non-GMO. People didn’t seem to mind the organic popcorn that was served as well!

Please note: The opinions expressed in the film, GMO OMG are not necessarily that of WhiteWave Foods.

Alpro introduces non-GM labelling mark

“WhiteWave Foods-owned soy milk brand Alpro is introducing an on-pack “trustmark” in the UK to communicate to consumers the soy it uses is sustainably sourced and free from GMOs.”

Read the whole article here:

http://www.just-food.com/news/whitewaves-alpro-introduces-uk-non-gm-labelling_id123592.aspx

Is That Corn Genetically Altered? Don’t Ask the FDA

Interested in how WhiteWave Foods feels about food labeling? Read this recent article from CNBC:

http://www.cnbc.com/id/100814375

WhiteWave’s Support for Mandatory National GMO Labeling

Initiatives to require labeling food made with genetically-modified ingredients are continuing to gain momentum at the Federal and state levels. New ballot initiatives in Washington State, Connecticut, Vermont and elsewhere continue to generate widespread attention.

We realize some consumers expressed concern about our former parent company’s position on these issues.

To be clear, we didn’t donate to the opposition of the I-522 or Prop 37 initiatives. At WhiteWave, we believe people have the right to know what is in their food and we agree with the underlying principles of state initiatives.

We support a national standard for labeling because we believe consumers everywhere, in all 50 states, have the same right to know what’s in their food.  A national standard for GMO labeling would provide consistency for consumers and avoid the potential for 50 different standards in 50 different states.

We remain committed to the non-GMO movement. Consumers can feel good knowing Silk’s entire line of plant-based beverages has been verified by, or is enrolled in, the Non-GMO Project. All of Horizon’s products carry the USDA Organic Seal, and have been certified organic for more than 20 years. Consumers know and trust that the certified organic label means their food is produced without the use of antibiotics, added growth hormones, and GMOs.

Rest assured WhiteWave believes in transparency, and will not support initiatives that oppose GMO labeling.

 

Congratulations, Silk® Iced Latte!

As part of Silk’s ongoing commitment to educate consumers about what’s in their food, the entire plant-based beverage portfolio is enrolled in or verified by the Non-GMO Project. The Non-GMO Project provides independent verification that Silk’s products are made without GMOs, earning The Non-GMO Project Verified seal.

 

We recently launched a new, exciting product – Silk Iced Latte. At the time of launch, this product was enrolled in the Non-GMO Project program, and we are happy to report that it’s now officially verified. The Iced Latte packaging will be updated in June with the Non-GMO Project Verified logo, giving our consumers the opportunity to make informed choices about the foods and beverages they eat and drink.

 

A right to know

We believe people have a right to know what’s in the food they eat. That’s why we openly share information about the food we make and how we make it.

GMO labeling is an important issue for our Silk and Horizon brands and has been for many years. Silk and Horizon both take a proactive stance against GMOs and significantly support national GMO labeling initiatives.

Why do we support national labeling efforts?

National labeling initiatives make more sense for people and food companies than an inconsistent and confusing, costly patchwork of state-by-state labeling rules (like Prop 37 in California, Measure 27 in Oregon, I-522 in Washington).

In total, Silk and Horizon have donated nearly $500,000 to help support national Non-GMO initiatives through their involvement in campaigns and initiatives like: the Non-GMO Project, the Right to Know March, the soon-to-be-released documentary film “GMO OMG” and Just Label It!, which calls for universal, national labeling of GMOs. We educate millions of people each year about the Non-GMO Project and organic agriculture through our on-pack labeling, print advertising, website and social media outlets.

Silk is a founding member of the Non-GMO Project, North America’s only third party verification and labeling for non-GMO food and products, and we have enrolled our entire portfolio in their verification process. Ensuring people have access to information about the food we make is the reason we created Silk’s “Trace it” website where people can track every soybean in our products down to the field where it was grown.

Horizon has given more than $1 million over the years to The Organic Center, the Organic Trade Association and the Organic Farming Research Foundation to support the organic foods industry. As you probably know, all of Horizon’s products carry the USDA Organic Seal, and have been certified organic for more than 20 years. Consumers know and trust that the certified organic label means their food is produced without the use of pesticides, antibiotics, added growth hormones, and GMOs.

We believe people have a right to make informed choices about the food they eat. We remain as committed as ever to helping educate consumers about GMOs and we will continue supporting national GMO labeling efforts that will help consumers in all 50 states.

Labels

Proposition 37 is a current California ballot initiative that if passed would require foods that may have been produced with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such. Some are calling it a possible watershed moment in the fight for national labeling of GMOs. Others feel it would bring complexity, added expense and confusion for consumers.

So where does WhiteWave stand?

While we support the underlying principles of Prop. 37, we choose to throw our support behind national initiatives that will help consumers in all fifty states. Our brands are inherently part of the GMO labeling push:

  • Our Silk brand’s entire plant-based beverage portfolio is verified by the Non-GMO Project, and proudly carries the Non-GMO Verified logo.
  • Our Horizon Organic brand has been certified organic for more than 20 years. People have come to know and trust that the certified organic label means their food is produced without the use of pesticides, antibiotics, added growth hormones and GMOs.

Across our entire portfolio we believe consumers have the right to make informed choices about the foods they eat, and as mentioned earlier labeling is a very big part of that. Today 85 percent of our products are non-GMO, and we are working to move additional ingredients in our portfolio to non-GMO.

Because of our recent IPO filing we are currently limited in what we can say about anything else as it relates to our company, as we are in a legally mandated quiet period.

If you have questions on this issue related to Dean Foods, please contact them directly – DeanFoods@CaSupport.com