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Chobani Yogurt Made from GMO Milk

Originally published by The Alternative Daily
August 23, 2013
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GMO Inside, a coalition against the use of genetically modified ingredients, is putting pressure on Chobani, Inc. to stop using GMO milk in their yogurt and other products.

The seven member coalition includes GMO Free USA, Label GMOs, Green America, Nutiva, Food Babe, Food Democracy Now! and Institute for Responsible Technology.

GMO Inside has started their national campaign against Chobani, Inc. because most of their milk comes from industrial New York dairy farms. According to campaign director Elizabeth O’Connell, “cows living on industrial farms eat GMO feed.”

Chobani is the leading brand of Greek yogurt in the United States, and many people see Greek yogurt as a healthy snack food or addition to their meals. The health properties of GMO ingredients, however, are shady at best.

Chobani yogurt labels indicate that only natural ingredients are used, and that the milk comes from cows that were not treated with rBST growth hormone. The GMO Inside coalition, however, wants more. They are asking Chobani to stop marketing their products as “natural” and “real” until non-GMO milk sources are used.

O’Connell says, “Chobani has an opportunity to be a leader amongst meat and dairy companies by listening to its customers and ensuring its cows are given non-GMO food.”

Lindsey Kos, Chobani communications manager, has responded, “our team is dedicated to addressing GMOs and is currently navigating its complexities, specific to dairy. As it stands now, we do not claim to be GMO-free… according to some, doing so would require us to ensure the feed to more than 78,000 cows across more than 875 farms is 100 percent GMO-free. It requires teamwork among our employees, farmers and industry partners.”

GMO Inside is inviting all concerned consumers to sign a petition requesting that Chobani use milk from non-GMO-fed cows. It can be found at: www.GMOInside.org/TakeAction.

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    September 5, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

    W hat a pity I couldn’t eat it. I found the taste terrible.

    Had to throw out on one spoonful. Use real milk please. Save our cows and lets have real produce. Sadly Australia seems to be heading the same way as USA.

    I’m sorry I can’t eat your product.

    Victoria

  2. Inka Savas
    September 6, 2013 at 11:59 pm #

    Oh, no!this is very sad, I love Chobani Plain Yogurt! My husband and I eat two big containers per week. I use a dollop or scoop of plain yogurt with almost every meal: also love it with fruits, nuts and seeds. Now I have to look for healthier option . Btw,your petition page is not up.

  3. Yvonne Versteeg
    September 12, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    I was a big fan of Chobani greek yogurt and thought I was eating a healthy product until I read the article. I will not buy Cobani agin!

  4. Courtenay Chadwell
    September 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    This is sad news indeed. I tried to sign the petition but the link does not work. Once you get it working, I will share on FB.

  5. Tracey
    September 26, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    This is a bummer. I thought Chobani was acceptable. Now there are no good yogurt options from Costco. I’m done with Chobani

  6. Mike Rotch
    December 18, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    After eating this yogurt, I discovered that my urine makes an effective herbicide.

  7. Debby
    February 6, 2014 at 8:19 am #

    why are you targeting chobani? your own site shows that oikos is much worse.

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