“At Ben & Jerry’s, we’re really proud of the ingredients we use in our ice cream and we’ve always been happy to tell our fans what’s in the pint.” Co-founder Jerry Greenfield makes the case that labeling GMO ingredients in all foods is good for the consumer, and good for business.Read More
Everyone has the right to know what’s in their food.
Ben & Jerry's is proud to stand with the growing consumer movement for transparency and the right to know what’s in our food supply by supporting mandatory GMO labeling legislation.
What are GMOs?
Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are organisms that have been created using gene-splicing techniques, which allow DNA from one species to be injected into another species in a laboratory. This creates combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional cross-breeding methods. The most common kinds of GMOs include some varieties of corn, soybeans and other crops that have had their DNA altered to be resistant to chemical herbicides and/or produce their own pesticides.
Where are GMOs?
It’s estimated that some 70%-80% of all processed food products on grocery store shelves contain one or more genetically engineered ingredients.1 Currently, people in the U.S. have no way of knowing which foods contain GMOs because companies aren’t required to disclose the information.
Take Action - Labelize it!
Support your right to know by letting the FDA know that you want mandatory GMO labels on the food you buy.
Why Labeling GMOs Matters:
Sustainability We know we’re not scientists – we’re ice cream makers – but we understand there are questions about whether GMO technology is truly living up to its promise of more sustainable farming and better food. And we’re concerned that GMOs are leading us towards an increasingly consolidated, industrial food system. Because Ben & Jerry’s has a long history of supporting family-owned farms, we’re concerned that increasing GMO crops comes at the expense of smaller farms and what we believe is a more sustainable kind of farming.
Honesty & Transparency We’re proud to give you the whole scoop about our ingredients; in fact, we believe the more information we share about our sourcing decisions, the more our transparency helps create positive change in the lives of our suppliers. For example, a recent study has shown Non-GMO crops can produce equal or improved yields, profits and weed control, which helps the farmers who supply our ingredients.2
Simplicity GMO labeling means that food manufacturers whose products contain GMOs simply need to say so – by adding just a few extra words to their product labels.
FAQs on GMOs
A “GMO” (or “genetically modified organism”) is an organism that has been created using gene-splicing techniques, which allow DNA from one species to be injected into another species in a laboratory. This creates combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional cross-breeding methods.
Here at Ben & Jerry’s, we believe that people have a right to know what’s in the food they eat, which is why we support mandatory GMO labeling.
We’re not scientists, and we know there are debates pro and con about GMO usage. Regardless of the debate, Ben & Jerry’s believes people should be informed and have the right to decide for themselves.
Vermont’s GMO labeling law, set to take effect in July 2016, has cleared another major hurdle. A US District Court Judge has ruled against food industry groups that sought to stop the law from going into effect. It’s a win for GMO labeling advocates, and a win for people’s right to know what’s in their food!Read More
The Dark Act, a bill that would deny states the ability to label GMOs and ignore the will of most Americans looks to be coming back in 2015.Read More
The biotech industry has been sinking millions of dollars into states that are working to implement mandatory GMO labeling, and is now hoping to deal a blow to consumer choice once and for all with a piece of Federal legislation labeling supporters have dubbed the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act.Read More
The national movement to require food producers to label their foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients is coming to a critical moment in Oregon.Read More
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