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Chobani Victory! But it’s not over…

ChobaniGMOsYum_1Whole Foods’ decision on Wednesday is welcomed proof that consumer-driven, marketplace-based campaigns are working to get GMOs out of our food supply!

This was a major victory for our campaign, but it’s not over.  Chobani has stated in the press and on its blog that there is not enough organic milk available to meet consumer demand to make non-GMO yogurt.  While that may be true at present, it’s no excuse and it won’t always be true.  Consumer demand for non-GMO products is on the rise everyday which is creating shifts all the way up the supply chain, causing farmers to choose to plant non-GMO seeds next year instead of GMO crops.  When businesses take a stand on GMOs, like Chipotle, Whole Foods, and Target have already done, the tide of change is even stronger.

We are not asking Chobani to change overnight.  What we are asking Chobani to do is make a commitment to ending its reliance on GMO crops — a commitment that Chobani customers want and would undoubtedly reward.  Should Chobani shift some of the tens of millions it has spent on advertising in the past year to purchasing non-GMO dairy, they would be rewarded with more consumer goodwill and loyalty than any advertisement could buy. 

In the same way that Chobani can’t change overnight, we also know dairy farmers and crop farmers will not be able to change overnight, especially when Monsanto and the other major seed corporations’ grip on the seed market is so strong.  While the transition to GMO farming has been on the rise for the past decade, the reversal of this trend is in sight, as more and more farmers and intermediates all along the supply chain want to stop their reliance on biotech.

Thank you, GMO Insiders, for raising your voices to make change happen, even when the obstacles seem huge! It’s working!

TAKE ACTION: Sign our petition to Chobani and share it with your friends. Together we can take back our food supply!

 

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  1. A
    December 23, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    Hi, Now I’m concerned. I’ve been buying Chobani yogurt because it is labelled as being Rgbh free. Is this untrue??

    • Michelle Kim
      January 15, 2014 at 11:03 am #

      Thanks for your question! Chobani Yogurt does not use milk that contains growth hormone, so the company is good on that commitment! Different from growth hormones, GMOs fed to dairy cows is our primary concern in this campaign. We are advocating for an orderly transition towards non-GMO animal feed for Chobani dairy cows, and hope that Chobani will take the first step in the right direction.

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