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GMO Yogurt: How does your favorite brand stack up?

GMO Inside is calling on Chobani to shift to non-GMO feed sources for its dairy cows.  Chobani processes roughly 40 million pounds of milk per week from over 78,000 dairy cows on nearly 900 farms.  All told, that’s a lot of milk!  Milk which comes from cows who are eating GMO feed 2-3 times per day.

While Chobani is the largest Greek yogurt manufacturer with roughly 50% market share, we are hoping that all yogurt makers will insist on using milk from cows fed non-GMO diets.   GMOs have never been proven safe for human consumption and there is a growing body of studies which demonstrates that great caution should be exercised when developing and consuming GMOs.  A large percentage of the GMO crops grown in the US are used as animal feed. (Read more about GMO feed here.)  By shifting away from GMO feed for their cows, Chobani has the power to shift thousands of acres of farmland to non-GMO farming techniques.

While GMO Inside believes the “Precautionary Principle” to be the best approach when it comes to developing and consuming GMOs, we know that consumers may care about a number of factors when it comes to choosing food products.  The following chart captures various consumer concerns related to Greek yogurt.  It is by no means exhaustive as far as brand or concerns go, but we hope it helps!

For more information on these brands, read below.  Better yet, you can call your favorite yogurt brand and ask the questions that matter to you.  If the company gives you an answer you are not satisfied with, let them know why!

Yogurt Brand GMO Ingredients? GM Feed for Cows rBST (synthetic growth hormone) Milk Protein Concentrate (thickening agent) Organic Options? GMO Inside’s overall rating
Chobani No Likely No No No C
Fage No Likely No No No B
Greek Gods No Likely No No No B
Yoplait Greek Likely Likely No Yes No F
Dannon Oikos Likely Likely No No No D
Stonyfield No No No No Yes A
Nancy’s No No No No Yes A
Strauss Creamery No No No No Yes A
Wallaby No No No No Yes A

Did we exclude one of your favorite brands?  Please add your comments or questions on our blog and we’ll get the scoop! Or check out Be Food Smart for an even deeper look at these Greek yogurt brands.

Fage

Fage is a close second in the Greek yogurt market, holding 14 percent of the market in 2011. The positives to Fage brand yogurt are that no milk concentrate is used (like Yoplait, see below) and they do not add extra thickeners to their plain varieties, though they are most likely added for their flavored yogurt. On their website, they highlight the healthy benefits to Fage, including statements saying it is beneficial to vegetarians, diabetics, and it is gluten free for those with gluten allergies or preferences. However, there is currently no organic option.

Greek Gods

Greek Gods was founded in Seattle, Washington in 2003 and is now owned by Hain Celestial.   They do not add milk protein concentrate, artificial coloring, or rBST, but there is no organic variety available.

Yoplait

Yoplait Greek is owned by General Mills and is the second most popular overall yogurt company in the US, the first being Chobani. Yoplait Greek promotes the health aspect of their product, advertising the high levels of calcium, vitamin D, and protein, especially for their kid’s products, as well as claiming their product can help with weight loss. However, their website does admit to using aspartame (artificial sweetener), carmine (red coloring), gelatin, and milk protein concentrate in their Yoplait Greek Parfait cups.  There are no organic options available.  In 2012, General Mills spent over $1 million to oppose GMO labeling in California.

Dannon

Oikos is Dannon’s Greek yogurt brand.  It is not certified as USDA organic and does not mention “natural” or “non-GMO” products on their website.  They also have no statement on rbST use, or a bovine growth hormone used on cattle, so it is possible that these substances are used. They use cultured grade A non-fat milk, though fruit varieties include additives such as fructose, modified corn starch, and other products.

Stonyfield

Stonyfield is an all organic yogurt company started in 1983 that is sold in natural food stores, national supermarkets and large retailers across the country. All of their products are USDA Organic certified (including Stonyfield Greek and YoBaby); therefore, they are audited throughout the production process to ensure that they do not use pesticides or herbicides, GMOs, antibiotics, or growth hormones. In regards to GMOs, they are currently in the process of being approved by the non-GMO Project, which will test their animal feed for GMO contamination. They formally state that they believe GMO products should be labeled to guarantee consumer safety and were a founding company of Just Label It, a non-profit advocating for GMO labeling. Group Danone(which also owns Dannon) is the parent company of Stonyfield, owning 85 percent of the company, yet Stonyfield maintains a unique partnership with Groupe Danone, with company co-founder Gary Hirshberg remaining Chairman and the company remaining true to it’s health and environmental mission.

Nancy’s

Nancy’s is another USDA organic certified Greek yogurt company owned by Springfield Creamery in Eugene, Oregon.  Nancy’s does not add any thickeners or pectins and strains off the whey during production. They say they use all organic fruits from the Northwest region. On their website they describe their milk sources, stating they are from local dairy farms, mostly within a 50 mile radius of their creamery in Eugene. They do not use pesticides, antibiotics, or synthetic growth hormones, and their product is USDA certified by Oregon Tilth. Their website does not directly say that they are GMO free, but their organic certification prohibits GMO use.

Wallaby’s Family

Wallaby’s yogurt company is based out of Napa Valley, California and inspired by a trip to Australia by the co-founders who were inspired by the sweet, amazing flavor of their yogurt. They use organic milk from nearby farms in Sonoma and Marin counties. They are organic certified by Quality Assurance International (QAI) and the USDA. Due to their organic certification, they are also GMO free.

Conclusion

Genetically modified organisms, introduced in 1996, now represent a major part of our food system.  (Roughly 90% in crops like corn and soy, and included in nearly 85% of processed foods).  In spite of their ubiquity, the benefits of GMOs are less apparent.  Genetically modified crops have led to increased usage of herbicides, increased chemical residues on foods, organic farm contamination, lawsuits between chemical companies and farmers because their fields were pollinated with patented seeds, and various health issues in laboratory animals and livestock, just to name a few of the problems with GMOs.

It will be impossible to eliminate GMO farming without addressing the food that is given to animals.   Because GMO crops are so often used to feed livestock, including cows, GMO Inside hopes to encourage progress throughout the dairy industry.

Chobani is the leader within the Greek yogurt industry, and with this leadership comes responsibility.  By working with its supply chain partners to switch to non-GMO or organic feed sources, Chobani can effectively reduce demand for GMO crops by a lot (40 million pounds of milk per week, remember?).  This will in turn increase demand for non-GMO crops and help to convert thousands of acres of farmland away from GMO farming techniques.

Please sign our petition to Chobani!

 

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  1. Cassie
    July 25, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

    What about generic brands? I mostly buy generics anyway, not name brands.

  2. Carmela Congdon
    July 25, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    How about Brown Cow yogurt?

    • Kelly
      January 23, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

      Brown Cow is verified non-GMO by the NON-GMO project

      • Michelle Kim
        January 23, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

        Thanks for your comment, Kelly! As of now, only Brown Cow Non-GMO Greek Yogurt is non-GMO verified by the Non-GMO Project, which can be found at Whole Foods Market. Hopefully there will be more to come! For anyone interested in finding out more, click the link: http://www.browncowfarm.com/our-yogurt/non-gmo-greek

        • Jason
          February 28, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

          Michelle,

          With regards to specific reasons why other Brown Cow varieties besides the Non-GMO exclusive to Whole Foods: Are Brown Cow dairy cows fed GMO alfalfa, or pastured on land sown with GMO alfalfa?

          Thanks,
          Jason

  3. Lia Evard
    August 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    Hi there! I have a question about Chobani. In the first paragraph it says they are feeding their cows feed with GMOs but later in the chart it says their yogurt has no GMOs, could you explain to me how that works? Thanks!

    • Corinne Molz
      August 5, 2013 at 11:30 am #

      Of course! Chobani does feed their livestock GMO feed, meaning that there are most likely GMO ingredients in their dairy product. However, Chobani does not add any other GMO products, such as GMO fruit, high fructose corn syrup, or any other ingredient besides the milk that has GMO ingredients. I hope this helps, let us know if you have any other questions!

      • Melissa
        January 23, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

        Whole Foods announced that they will actually pull Chobani yogurts from their shelves because they DO use GMO products and when asked if they would stop, Chobani went in a different direction and continues to still use GMO products.

  4. Janet
    August 13, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    what about Costco’ Kirkland brand?

    • Corinne Molz
      August 14, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

      Hi Janet!

      Unfortunately, since there is no GMO labeling in the US, there is no way to know if a product such as Costco’s Kirkland Greek yogurt brand has GMO ingredients or not without being certified USDA Organic. However, if a product is certified USDA organic, it is guaranteed that GMOs were not used in the making of the product. I hope this answers your question, thank you for your comment!

      • Jason
        February 28, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

        I don’t believe that is entirely true. A product that is not organic certified can still be Non-GMO certified. Though you are correct that there is no label requirement that a product declare that GMO ingredients ARE used. Consumers that are concerned about GMOs can look for the Non-GMO project cerification on products which are not necessarily organic certified.

      • Derek
        May 5, 2014 at 5:59 am #

        Why do you use the USDA as a credible source for anything? You are aware they’re pretty much run by ex-Monsanto employees, right? And often label GMO and irradiated foods “organic”? Their organic cert means less than nothing.

  5. Jim
    August 26, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    What about Dannon’s Fit and Lite Greek Yogurt?

    • Corinne Molz
      August 28, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

      Hey Jim! As with all products now without a USDA Organic label, there is no way of knowing if there are GM products in Dannon’s Fit and Lite Greek Yogurt. However, since GM animal feed is so prominent in the dairy industry, it is very likely that it contains GM products. To be safe, it is best to look for yogurts with the USDA Organic label since using non GM products is one of the requirements for certification. Thanks for your comment!

    • Gina R
      July 4, 2014 at 10:37 am #

      Dannon’s Light and Fit Greek is NOT real Greek!! Only real Greek yogurt they produce is Oikos. Read the ingredients though. I’m sure you’ll not buy them again. Want a low calorie, low sugar Greek yogurt? Chobani Simply 100. It may not be 100% GMO free but at least it doesn’t have all the additives that other low-calorie Greek yogurts have!

  6. gretchen
    September 8, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    wish you would encourage Cabot to go GMO free

    • Amy
      May 6, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

      We eat only Cabot in our household!! What’s the GMO scoop on them? Thanks!

      • Michelle Kim
        May 6, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

        Hi Amy! Thanks for your comment. Cabot’s website says, “We are pleased to report that we have had all of our Cabot and McCadam products, almost 60 of them, tested at an accredited outside testing laboratory and all of the products we produce from our own farmer milk and dairy ingredients have been confirmed as free of GMO corn, soybeans and alfalfa.” So you’re all good!

        • Linda Z
          June 2, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

          I am so glad to hear about Cabot.
          Our favorite full fat also. Thanks for providing the information.

  7. Nicole
    September 11, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    Do you have any information about Alta Dena?

    • Shireen Karimi
      September 23, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

      Alta Dena is owned by Dean Foods. They are not organic or verified by the Non-GMO Project. Therefore, their milk most likely comes from cows fed GMOs.

  8. Susan
    September 14, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    GMO Inside is calling on Chobani to shift to non-GMO feed sources for its dairy cows .. neato.

    Tell me, please…with all due respect, are THE ANAL GLANDS OF BEAVERS considered a GMO????????? My neck is killing me from shaking my head so much.

    Help!!

    Thank You.

    • Jason
      February 28, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

      I would assume that the anal glands of beavers would be non-GMO, unless the specific beaver they came from was genetically modified. Why would it not be non-GMO, and why wouldn’t it also not be natural? People are getting way to concerned about the beaver gland thing. So little of that is used in industry (couple hundred pounds), compared to MILLIONS OF POUNDS of artificial flavoring, and millions of pounds of natural vanilla. I’d be more worried about the artificial flavoring, or GMO vanilla being labelled “natural” than I would the beaver gland secretions. Don’t let it distract you from the real problems. What’s more natural? Beaver gland secretion from a non-GMO beaver, or vanilla extract from GMO vanilla beans? It’s kinda a moot point anyway, the beaver stuff is so rare you’ll probably never encounter it anyway.

  9. Sandra
    September 15, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    If I can’t find plain Stonyfield, I buy White Mountain Bulgarian yogurt, which says “no artificial hormones” on label. Any info on this brand?

  10. Sam
    September 22, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    What is the difference in cost between Dannon Oikos yogurt and Stonyfields? I would like to switch, but if the pricing is drastic that may not be possible.

  11. Jesse
    September 26, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    What about the flavor ingredients in the flavored yogurts such as strawberry, etc etc.. The FDA doesn’t require them to list what is in them and they just put ‘Natural Flavors’, but they are no safer than artificial flavoring. I read just in strawberry flavoring alone that it has over 25 ingredients, but because it is under a certain percent used they get away with it.

    • Jason
      February 28, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

      Exactly how or why are natural flavors not any better/safer than artificial flavors?

  12. Carla
    September 28, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    How about Muller Greek Corner yogurt?

    • Shireen Karimi
      October 1, 2013 at 11:52 am #

      On the Muller yogurt Facebook page, in response to someone asking them (great), they said “The majority of the milk used for our products comes from dairy farms in upstate New York. A significant portion of the corn and soy, including feed, in the U.S. is genetically modified. We do not require or exclude these ingredients in our products.” It’s good they are honest and upfront. Huge thank you to the farmers they are using. We love farmers! They have such a hard and necessary job. We just need to help create more non-GMO feed.

      • Brad
        January 9, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

        They also add milk powder concentrate to soak up the acid whey. Good plan.

        • Toe
          May 9, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

          yeah, and tilapia is an ingredient in their yogurt. WTH?

  13. Kristine
    November 16, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    Not being a troll, just a little grossed out. What can I do to change the industry???? My shopping dollars only count for so much and I can only afford so much. I try to make responsible decisions, and I’m not, in any way an “activist”, I just want good, clean food. I guess that means becoming an “activist” ? What can us ‘regular’ people do to promote honest labeling and encourage industry NOT to use synthetic things that we know nothing about??? btw, I’m switching to Stonyfield as of today. Thanks so much for your site :)

  14. Anne
    November 22, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    My absolute favorite is the fruit at the bottom -used to be produced by Breyers ( and Dannon eons ago) and Bryers has evidently sold it to the local grocery store name Southern Home. Any info on this??

    • Anne
      January 15, 2014 at 4:04 am #

      It’s been almost 2 months since I posed (and posted) my ??. I really wd like to see aresponse from the GMO inside pple. thanx

      • Michelle Kim
        January 15, 2014 at 10:12 am #

        Thanks for your question, Anne, and sorry for the wait. Due to the volume of comments we receive, we are not always able to address questions right away, but thank you for the reminder and keeping us on our toes! Based on the information we could find, Breyers Yogurt used to be owned by Healthy Food Holdings, an affiliate of a private equity firm called Catterton Partners. Breyers Yogurt has since been discontinued. Catterton still produces YoCrunch Yogurt, which was formerly co-branded as Breyers, but is now a brand owned by the Danone family of products. If you are looking for a non-GMO fruit-on-the-bottom option, Stonyfield is a great one!

        • Anne
          January 15, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

          thanks for reply. Is Danone any connection to Dannon? Unfortunately I cannot get Stonyfield fruit on the bottom in this area. I have been missing terribly their yogurt smoothies – esp raspberry which is the best in the world! since my local health food store’s distributors stopped carrying them. I have been back n forth with Stoneyfield over this issue. So I have to resort to kefir which is ok bu nothing like Stoneyfield’s smoothies. and in the meantime I will continue to enjoy the “Southern Home” fruit on the bottom carried by Bi-lo grocery. Thanks also for the valuable info on who owns whom!

  15. Melody
    December 18, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

    Can you tell me if Trader Joes Organic Greek Yogurt is GMO free? I was so happy to finally see an organic greek yogurt but now wondering. Thanks.

    • Michelle Kim
      January 23, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

      Thanks for your question, Melody! Trader Joe’s Organic Greek Yogurt is USDA- and Quality Assurance International-certified, so it does not contain genetically modified ingredients. Enjoy!

      • Corine
        May 12, 2014 at 8:01 am #

        I stopped eating Chobani a few years ago. Trader Joe’s Greek Yogurk (Nonfat Plain 32 oz. container) states that it uses milk from cows not treated with rBST. Also a much healthier option if you read the label…

  16. Lisa
    December 27, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    I am curious how Whole Foods is dropping Chobani b/c it feeds the cows GMO feed but Fage is not being singled out. Is this to come?

    I personally contacted Chobani after reading the announcement and look forward to an Chobani changing this practice.

    thank you for keeping us informed.

  17. Brad
    January 9, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

    Don’t be selfish. Why should we pay more to produce less product with non-GMO products? That just means ultimately someone who can’t afford to pay as much as I can will need to go hungry. Don’t you see the value of technology? Why not pay less to grow more on less land and everybody gets to eat versus just those that can afford non-GMO varieties?

    Think it through people. More for less…

    • Lisa Haynie
      January 20, 2014 at 11:55 am #

      Well Brad, I understand your point IF there were no differences in food product either way, BUT the problem lies with the safety of food containing GMOs. If we all eat it in its abundance as you suggest, we are all going to suffer the health consequences, socio-economic statuses aside.

      I’ve thought about the labeling problem at hand, and I believe the answer to companies who don’t want you to know what’s in their food is to simply not purchase it if it’s not properly labeled. If the campaign gets big enough (media driven, of course), and the general public becomes aware of the dangers of GMOs, we won’t buy the stuff anyway, labeled or unlabeled.

  18. jan irwin
    January 9, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

    I am interested to see how Brown Cow yogurt stacks up, that IS OUR FAVORITE BRAND. Thank you

    • SB
      May 6, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

      See the thread above your post, it was already address in earlier comments.

  19. Kim
    January 19, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

    In your chart Stonyfield doesnt use GMO’s for feed. however on their website they admit to using plants that are insect resistent. From what I’ve read those are GM crops. They also said the organic industry is using that technology along with other methods to control pests.

    • Michelle Kim
      January 23, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

      Thanks for your comment, Kim! Stonyfield is a USDA-certified organic line of products, so in accordance with USDA-organic policies, their products do not contain genetically modified ingredients. It is possible to use hybridization and cross breeding with certain plant varieties to develop crops that are more resistant to pests than others, but this is a traditional farming method used for hundreds of years, and not the same as genetic engineering. Please feel free to read more about organic pest control methods by clicking the link: http://www.stonyfield.com/blog/all-pesticides-arent-equal/

  20. CLIFF
    January 25, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    I can’t imagine why our FDA allows anal glands from rodents (like beavers) to be labeled “natural flavors/coloring.” I do NOT want to eat anal glands from any animal. Are all certified non-GMO yogurts free from anal glands and crushed beetles?

    • Jason
      February 28, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

      Why would animal anal gland secretions or crushed beetles not be considered natural? What’s un-natural about them? If you research the beaver gland secretions that are sometimes (extremely, extremely rarely) used as a vanilla flavoring/perfume scent, you’d find that it is some tiny fraction of a percent of the natural flavoring used, only a few very specific products use that, and because those gland secretions are in such limited supply, it is highly unlikely anything you’ve ever consumed has them in it. Something like 200 pounds of the glandular secretions are produced each year, where many, many millions of pounds of ARTIFICIAL vanilla flavorings and many, many millions of pounds of natural vanilla are used by industry annually. I’d be much more worried about all the artificial vanilla (a very large percentage of the flavoring used by industry), than the lottery high odds of an errant molecule of beaver butt gland secretion ending up in a product you consume. Unless you are a strict vegan, why would that even matter? I’m pretty sure the majority of that 200 pounds is used in perfumes. I looked up the numbers once and did the calculations, literally something like 99.9999% of all vanilla flavoring is either artificial, or natural vanilla from vanilla plants. The average American consumes something like a millionth of a teaspoon of the beaver gland stuff, you’re talking like a spec the size of a dust particle. All the controversy about the beaver glands only serves to distract you from the millions of pounds (a pound or more per person) of lab created chemical vanilla flavoring that people are ingesting without a second thought. I’m sure the artificial vanilla flavoring manufacturers love all the negative publicity their competition (natural vanilla producers) are getting over a dust size spec of something that comes from an animal.

  21. Maggie
    February 2, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    What about muellers

  22. RoxieR
    February 3, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

    what about SoDelicious products? are they non GMO?

    • Michelle Kim
      February 10, 2014 at 9:55 am #

      Thanks for the question, Roxie! SoDelicious products are all Non-GMO Project Verified – you can see the beautiful banner they’ve added to the website here: http://sodeliciousdairyfree.com/

  23. Jennifer
    February 8, 2014 at 7:49 pm #

    What about Icelandic skyr from Siggy’s, it’s sort of like Greek because it’s thick and high in protein, is it gmo free?

    • Michelle Kim
      February 10, 2014 at 9:52 am #

      Thanks for the question, Jennifer! Siggi’s is not certified organic or non-GMO verified, but the company uses only grass-fed milk and does not support the use of growth hormone in dairy cows. Read more here: http://siggisdairy.com/v2/faq/

  24. Alexa Sanchez
    February 13, 2014 at 11:39 pm #

    How about trader joes Greek yogurt?

  25. Ceasar
    February 24, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    i was wondering if LA Yogurt (johanna foods, inc) is non-GMO?

  26. Kathryn
    March 3, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    Thanks for the great information! How about Voskos? The label says “GMO Free”, but do you know if that includes the cow feed? And, would modified corn starch run the risk of being GMO?

    • Michelle Kim
      March 18, 2014 at 10:05 am #

      Voskos Yogurt is not Non-GMO Project Verified, but it does say GMO-free on their website.

      • Kathryn
        March 23, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

        Thank you, Michelle! :-)

  27. Kathryn
    March 3, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

    One more question: how about Noosa? (Sorry; I should’ve included this in the previous post!) :-)

    • Michelle Kim
      March 18, 2014 at 10:01 am #

      Hey Kathryn! Thanks for your comment! Noosa is not Non-GMO Project Verified. From their site, it’s not clear if their yogurt contains GMOs or not.

      • Kathryn
        March 23, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

        Thank you so much, Michelle!

  28. Eva
    March 28, 2014 at 1:56 am #

    Hi, thanks for your information. I am just wondering if silk soy milk has GMO. They are not orangic but they do label as “non GMO project verified”.

    • Michelle Kim
      March 30, 2014 at 10:57 pm #

      Hey Eva! Thanks for your comment. Yes, Silk soy milk is non-GMO. You’re safe with anything that is Non-GMO Project Verified :)

  29. Diana
    April 17, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    I recently purchased siggi’s yogurt…any information on them? They are fairly new to the states. Thanks!

    • Michelle Kim
      April 21, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

      Thanks for your question, Diana! Siggi’s Yogurt is not certified organic or non-GMO verified, but the company has stated their commitment to sourcing milk from grass-fed cows free of artificial growth hormone. See the Siggi FAQs page here: http://siggisdairy.com/v2/faq/.

      If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Siggi’s customer service directly for the most accurate and up-to-date answers.

  30. Stephanie Ross
    May 2, 2014 at 1:15 am #

    I am curious about Mountain High Yogurt? We typically choose it (if we can’t get Nancy’s) because it has less ingredients and usually offers a full fat version. But if they’re using GM-fed cow’s milk, then we’ll stop buying.
    This has been really effective in convincing me that making my own yogurt is worth it. Not to mention, kombucha, kefir, or water kefir…oh dear.
    Also, THANK YOU SO MUCH for helping to explain the dangers of GMO – The humanitarian desire to feed more people is a good one, but GMO is making the populous sicker; not nourishing us. Through buying local, and what is good for us, we help determine the market, set the prices, and bolster the economy. There is more than enough food for everyone. It is government corruption in almost every case I can think of around that world, that keeps good food out of the mouths of it’s people. Our nation is no different.

    • Michelle Kim
      May 6, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

      Hey Stephanie! Thanks for your comment. Mountain High Yogurt is owned by General Mills, who donates lots and lots of money to anti-GMO labeling campaigns. The milk that they source is not from grass-fed cows, meaning the yogurt does have GMOs.

  31. Suzanne Huffman
    May 3, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

    Nancy’s website now addresses the GMO question: http://www.nancysyogurt.com/index.php/making-our-products/gmo-info

  32. Sean
    May 4, 2014 at 6:49 am #

    Why was there no summary on Strauss Creamery, even though it was listed in the chart?

  33. Edie
    May 4, 2014 at 11:10 am #

    Zoi Greek yogurt with honey is my favorite. Any info on that one?

    • Michelle Kim
      May 6, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

      Hey Edie! Zoi does use milk from cows fed GMOs. Sorry to say!

  34. MNellian
    May 5, 2014 at 11:29 am #

    I’m confused about your grading system. According to your chart, Chobani should receive the same grade as Fage or Greek Gods, which both received a B. Why does Chobani receive a C? I have no interest in supporting their GMO practices, but this seems somewhat misleading at best, or unfair at worst.

  35. simone
    May 5, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    what about trader joe’s brand – aren’t they supposed to be all non-gmo? are their cows fed gmo’s?

    • Michelle Kim
      June 4, 2014 at 11:05 am #

      Yes, Trader Joe’s products contain NO synthetic colors, NO artificial flavors, NO artificial preservatives, NO MSG, NO added Trans Fats, and NO genetically modified ingredients.

  36. kelly dethloff
    May 5, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    how about noosa yogurt

  37. Terri Brown
    May 5, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

    NOOSE brand Yogurt out of Colorado. Super smooth & rich. Love it!

  38. katie
    May 5, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

    What about sign i’m brand yogurt…similar to greek yogurt and sold at mist supermarkets including whole foods as well as target?

  39. Melanie
    May 5, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    I’m just curious, hoping someone can help me. I have researched and cannot find specifically WHY GMOs are bad for people, just that they may be because the long term effects are not known. Does anyone have actual information on health risks associated with GMOs?

    • Michelle Kim
      May 6, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

      Hey Melanie! The studies out there have been done by the private companies (Monsanto, Dupont, etc.) themselves, who clearly have a bias for what they want to results to be. Also, with something as serious as food, you really need to look at the long-term effects of something before it is let into our food supply. Studies need to be done with a longer duration in order to see the full effects of GMOs. As well, people are starting to question if the increased use of pesticides on GM crops could cause human health effects.

  40. Paul R.
    May 6, 2014 at 7:29 am #

    Do you know anything about store brands, specifically Stop and Shop Greek style?

    • Michelle Kim
      May 6, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

      Hey Paul! That information is more difficult to find out. Try contacting the store’s manager or emailing them.

  41. Kathy
    May 6, 2014 at 7:38 am #

    what about Activa Greek?

    • Michelle Kim
      May 6, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

      Hey Kathy! Thanks for your comment. Activia is not organic and it does not advertise that it’s non-GMO (companies are proud when they don’t use GMOs so they usually label accordingly), so it’s safe to say that the yogurt probably contains GMOs.

  42. sharon smart
    May 6, 2014 at 11:23 am #

    I bought chobani yogurt today before I discovered this information about GMO the label says made in Australia should I be concerned about GMO in this product.

    • Michelle Kim
      May 6, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

      Hey Sharon! Yes, Chobani, no matter where it is made, uses milk from cows fed GMOs.

  43. Bobbee Raymundo
    May 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

    I buy the “yo Crunch” YOPA Greek Nonfat Yogurt. After reading this I checked the label of my yogurt(YOPA) and it did not mention GMO but it said, “Made with milk from cows not treated wit rBST. What is rBST? Is that the same as GMO? Is Yopa safe?

  44. Barb Maxwell
    May 6, 2014 at 10:28 pm #

    Do you know anything about Kroger’s Simple Truth Organic yogurt?

    • Michelle Kim
      May 7, 2014 at 10:34 am #

      Hey Barb! If it is USDA Certified Organic, it won’t contain GMOs.

  45. Pamela Lincoln
    May 7, 2014 at 7:22 am #

    I love Noosa yogurt and don’t see them mentioned here. Hopefully they are doing things right. Their yogurt is amazing. Expensive, but amazing!

    • Michelle Kim
      May 7, 2014 at 10:40 am #

      Hey Pamela! Noosa is not Non-GMO Project Verified. From their site, it’s not clear if their yogurt contains GMOs or not.

  46. Alicia
    May 7, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    Hey .. thanks for the info! how does Liberte Mediterranean stand in this non-gmo fight… now that my #1 brand was just blown outta the water…

    • Michelle Kim
      May 8, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

      Hey Alicia! Liberte Mediterranean was actually bought by General Mills in 2012. General Mills has donated lots and lots of money to anti-GMO labeling campaigns. Only the brand’s organic version does not contain GMOs.

      • Alicia
        May 12, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

        thank you Michelle Kim ! i am not sure where to find that as all i can find is the Mediterranean and thats even very limited.. i suppose i am just SOL, i may as well just stop eating yogurt..

  47. Martha White
    May 8, 2014 at 7:17 am #

    What about Green Mountain brand Greek yogurt?

    • Michelle Kim
      May 8, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

      Hey Martha! Their website does not specify. I would suggest calling or emailing their headquarters.

  48. PE
    May 8, 2014 at 9:17 am #

    In Upstate NY, I have noticed we are being inundated with Chobani to the point where over 1/2 the shelves is that product. They have cut back on Fage, Stoneyfield (wish they didn’t change their name), I have never liked Chobani leaves an aftertaste

    will keep an eye out for Nancy’s never have seen them. We have limited stores with Wallaby In our area everything has strawberry, for those of us allergic this is not good.

    The one question is how about the fruits put in all of these? Are they safe?

  49. Ellen Henry
    May 8, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    I buy at Aldi and they carry Friendly Farms and Fit and Active. Both probably made by a larger corporation and labled for Aldi Any information about where these come from?

    • Michelle Kim
      May 8, 2014 at 3:38 pm #

      Hey Ellen! Aldi’s website says, “We know that GM food is controversial and that many of our customers don’t want to eat it. That’s why we have a ‘No GM’ policy that requires all of our own label products to be free from GM ingredients.” Good news!

  50. Amanda
    May 8, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    Not technically Greek yogurt, but what about Siggi’s Skyr?

    • Michelle Kim
      May 8, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

      Hey Amanda! We talked about Siggi’s in previous comments.

  51. MBG
    May 8, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    Noosa From Australia appears to be very CLEAN as well. Can anyone comment? Thank you

  52. elena
    May 9, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    I would recommend Trimona Bulgarian yogurt. It’s plain, organic, whole milk from A2 grass-fed cows. They have it in Whole Foods in NYC, not in Boston yet.

  53. Allison
    May 14, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

    I stick to generics, so this list is not much help to me. I’ve been happy with Kroger Greek Yogurt — I like that they sweeten with stevia and sugar and not with artificial sweeteners. But I have no idea where they stand when it comes to GMOs….

  54. James Ault
    May 26, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    I am recently learning that the GMO problem is even worse than we think, almost to the point of being insidious. The number one issue is that these modified vegetables and fruit have been genetically engineered to tolerate the Monsanto weed killer ‘glyphosate’ (commercially known as ‘Roundup’). By doing this, the big farms can spray this weed killer on the crops, killing the weeds, without harming the crop. So far, so good, but here is where it gets frightening. The crops absorb the weed killer and pass it along to any hog, cattle, chicken, human, etc. that eats it. Glyphosate is a chelating agent, which means that it absorbs critical metals and minerals, not letting our digestive systems retrieve these essential trace metals. Over time, we become weak and sick from the silent ‘theft’ of these nutrients, which we would otherwise be pulling out of our meals. European scientists have made this discovery, since they can run tests that can’t be done here in the States and Canada without being sued and stopped by Monsanto’s lawyers. Most of the countries of Europe have banned GMO’s, so their food is still healthy.
    So, GMO’s aren’t just about having prettier, more durable (for shipping) and higher yield crops; they are adversely affecting our LONG TERM health! The French scientist Dr Thierry Vrain was the person I heard who explained how this works. It is an important issue, folks. They are also thinking that the ADHD epidemic in kids is from these deficiencies. Almost the entire corn, soy, and sugar beet crops in North America are GMO, and have been or years. Since 2011, alfalfa (cattle food) has been allowed to be modified. This has to stop.

  55. Anita
    May 28, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

    What are other sources for calcium other than yogurt or milk that uses GMO sources? Anita

    • Michelle Kim
      June 4, 2014 at 10:51 am #

      You can also get calcium from foods such as tofu, tapioca, kale, figs, spinach, almonds, sesame seeds. Some of these sources have equal or more amounts of calcium in them as the dairy alternatives!

  56. Elliot
    June 7, 2014 at 5:37 am #

    Hi.
    I had a question in regards to grass fed whole milk in greek yogurt. Will(non gmo) grass fed whole milk still contain hermones I should be aware of? Is there an alternative to whole milk for greek yogurt instead? Such as organic almond milk? Organic brown rice milk, ect?

  57. Taylor
    June 10, 2014 at 12:20 am #

    Can you provide information on Brown Cow yogurts?

    Although removing gluten, gmo’s, and other poisons has relieved me from years of debilitating migraine headaches, I remain skeptical. Can you enlighten us on the Brown Cow product lines?

    Your site is a wonderful source.

  58. Kyla
    June 11, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    Is White Mountain Bulgarian Yogurt GMO free?

  59. Molly
    June 21, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    Thanks for all your hard work! I have one question. I noticed from the ingredients that plain Fage has cornstarch and xantham gum. Aren’t those considers thickeners? And I wanted to confirm that they don’t use growth hormones but they’re not organic? Thanks again!

  60. susan reed
    June 21, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    Greek Gods changed their packaging and their recipe (adding sugar) . It used to be my favorite but even their PLAIN now has over 15 g of sugar compared to the 6g in Fage and Nancy’s.

    • Fay
      July 17, 2014 at 11:41 am #

      Susan, if you’re looking for a less-sweet & Non-GMO Greek yogurt, may I suggest Maia Greek yogurt? We’re a new Greek yogurt made with non-GMO ingredients & non-GMO, grass-fed cows’ milk. Plus, we only add 2-3 g of cane sugar to our yogurts.

      Everyone,email us & give us a try!

  61. Amy
    July 13, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

    I’m not sure I understand the meaning of organic milk to begin with. If milk is labelled organic, does that mean that the cows were not fed any GMO feed?

    • Michelle Kim
      July 14, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

      Thanks for your question, Amy! According to organic certification rules, dairy cows in organic dairy operations must be fed organic animal feed. Certified organic products cannot contain genetically modified ingredients, so in turn, certified organic feed must also be non-GMO.

  62. Ray
    July 29, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    What’s the word on Tillamook Creamery’s Greek Yogurt?

  63. Ray
    July 29, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    So I found this on the Tillamook site. I’m not so patient. This is from Callie of the Tillamook Team

    Hi ,

    We know the GMO topic is a sensitive and important one to some consumers, and we want to be as accurate as possible in responding to questions and concerns about it. Our farmers know that healthy cows make the best quality milk and part of this is a healthy diet. The farmer-owners and all the dairymen who supply milk for Tillamook dairy products use a variety of forages and grains for feed. While the mixture varies dairy to dairy, it’s likely to include a mix of grass, alfalfa, some corn silage, and grains such as barley or soy. All of this is balanced by a nutritionist who also adds a vitamin/mineral supplement to ensure the healthiest cows possible, and thus the highest quality milk. The feed used by our farmers and suppliers is both home grown on our farmer’s fields and purchased.
    At this time, and in the absence of any clear standards or definitions around genetically modified substances, it is hard to know if the feed purchased for every cow contributing to our milk supply is GMO-free. In today’s market, it is extremely difficult to source feed for cattle that is 100 percent verified as GMO-free, given how pervasive GMOs are in the grain supply chain. Even organic feed for organic farms is extremely difficult to verify as GMO-free because of cross-pollination.

    I hope this information is helpful to know. Please reach out through our Contact Us page if you’d like to discuss any of this in more depth! Thanks again for taking the time to share your thoughts with us.

    Callie, of the Tillamook team

    • James Ault
      August 11, 2014 at 5:09 am #

      Well, thank you Ray!… and thank you Callie, for an honest assessment of the GMO problem. With a practical, straight-forward statement like hers, I believe what she says… and I will continue to buy the Tillamook products that I like. They appear to be trying their level best to give us what we want.

  64. Joyce
    August 25, 2014 at 9:24 pm #

    What about Cabot?

  65. Katrina
    September 16, 2014 at 8:14 am #

    Hi, what about Noosa? It’s one of my favorites.

  66. Elizabeth
    September 17, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    I’ve looked through the comments and didn’t see LALA yogurt by LALA foods. I’m not sure if it has GMO or any other harmful products. I’m looking for a good yogurt to feed my one year old and her grandpa likes to buy her that one.

  67. Jessica
    October 20, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

    Hi! I was wondering how liberte’ yogurt is rated. Thank you!

  68. Sheryl
    November 4, 2014 at 4:44 am #

    Noosa actually says on their packaging and on their site that there’s no rbgh or artificial hormones. Is this what is meant by “gmo?”

    • Anna Meyer
      November 11, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

      Hi Sheryl,
      When discussing GMOs in dairy there are two different issues. One, there can be GE ingredients such as GE sugar beets or products made from GE corn or soy included in dairy products such as yogurt. There are also GE ingredients included in the production of dairy; typically referring to the type of feed given to dairy cows, which is often GE corn or soy. rBGH is a genetically engineered hormone in it of itself. Does this clear up your question?

  69. Victoria laidlaw
    November 5, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

    Does LIBERTE; LIBERTE.CA CONTAIN ANY GMOS, ANY AND OR, ALL OF THEIR PRODUCTS?

  70. Ray
    November 25, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

    I’m really liking Siggi’s Skyr. How does it compare?

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