Non-GMO Verified & Tested
Straus has been Non-GMO Project Verified since 2010
We say no to Genetically Modified Organisms (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.
In 2010, Straus Family Creamery became the first creamery in the U.S. to certify our products as Non-GMO Project Verified.
Consumers have a right to know about genetically engineered foods
We believe that consumers have a right to know what is in our food and Straus Family Creamery is actively involved in promoting campaigns and legislation demanding labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods. That’s why we became the nation’s first and only creamery to achieve Non-GMO Project Verification in April of 2010. Why do we need Non-GMO verification when organic standards prohibit the use of GMOs? One reason is that there is a high risk of contamination of non-GMO crops through cross-pollination from neighboring fields planted with GMO crops.
What is a GMO?
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are those that are altered at the molecular level in ways that do not happen naturally. The DNA of plants and animals is combined with the DNA of other species and artificially changed to exhibit traits such as resistance to cold or to herbicides. The safety of genetically engineered foods has never appropriately been assured. It is estimated that 60-70% of processed foods in the US contain at least some GE material. American consumers have no way of knowing if and when they are eating GE foods, unlike consumers in the European Union, Australia, New Zealand and China, where GMO labeling is required.
We test for 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. It made it urgently necessary to develop and implement a non-GMO testing system on the farm and it succeeded. 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, the creamery took it to the next level and became the first creamery in the U.S to be verified.
Every source of feed for cows on the Straus dairy and the seven other local, organic family farms who 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.
Consumers make change happen
We strongly believe that consumers make change happen and we would love to see our food systems be completely GMO-free. Polls show that more than 93% of all Americans believe that we have a right to know which foods contain GMOs. Currently, there are two powerful campaigns under way that demand just that, and Straus Family Creamery strongly supports both: The Just Label It Campaign and the 2012 Ballot Initiative Campaign to Label GMOs in California. We encourage you to educate yourself on the subject and sign the petition demanding labeling of GMOs.
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.
Learn more about Albert’s speech in front of the White House >>
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