We test for Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
In 2006, when Albert Straus started testing certified organic feeds for the cows, he found that there was contamination from GMOs in some purchased feeds. GMOs are not allowed under organic regulations and the contamination he found made it urgently necessary to develop and implement a non-GMO testing system on the farm.
We wanted to make absolutely sure that all Straus Family Creamery milk and dairy products remained 100% pure and organic. When the Non-GMO Project emerged in 2010, we took it to the next level and became the first creamery in the U.S. to certify our products as Non-GMO Project Verified.
Every source of feed for cows on the Straus dairy and the nine other local, organic family farms that provide milk to the creamery is tested for GMOs and verified GMO free. We do the same for every single ingredient that goes into any of our products, whether it’s vanilla or live, active cultures for our Organic Yogurt; chocolate for our Organic Ice Cream; or enzymes for culturing our Organic Sour Cream.
We say no to GMOs
As a certified organic dairy and creamery, we fully support and comply with federal, state, county, and independent-certifier organic standards, which prohibit the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in all our products and prohibit the use of genetically modified crops grown or purchased to feed cows. We believe that GMOs have no place in farming or in our food system and that GMOs pose a threat to the land and to family farms. The use of GMOs negatively impacts the environment, because farmers must increase the use of pesticides and fertilizers.
Genetically Modified Alfalfa
Since 2006, Straus Family Creamery, along with the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and many other supporters of organic agriculture, have fought to prevent the use of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa. Since alfalfa is an essential feed for our cows, the potential contamination of organic alfalfa from GM alfalfa poses a significant threat to our dairy and the organic dairy community. Unfortunately, on January 27, 2011, the USDA fully deregulated GM alfalfa, allowing unrestricted planting of the crop.