Some goliaths must fall (like Monsanto), for all the suffering they cause, but other giants can be transformed from the inside out, through a change in heart. That's what is happening to the top US yogurt producer Dannon.
The entire company is having a positive change of heart. A company this size has tremendous influence over the dairy industry.
Their product standards strongly influence dairy farmers and whether or not cows are fed GMOs and antibiotics. If enough giants like Dannon start siding with consumer and planetary health, then the evil ones poisoning our future (like Monsanto) will slowly fade away into the dark vestiges of history.
Dannon to go GMO-free over next three years, replacing everything, all the way down to cattle feed and soil input
Dannon is now committed to fighting for all of us, our health, our ecosystems, our future. Under their new set of standards, Dannon will require the dairy farmers they work with to move away from GMOs and antibiotics in their animal feed. The changes are set to occur over the next three years.
Remarkably, the company is planning to remove all GMO ingredients from their yogurt and other products. The changes are set to impact everything, all the way down to the quality of soil and how farmers conserve water.
The company's new agricultural sustainability and animal welfare policy will set a new standard for the entire dairy industry. Farmers working with Dannon must now implement "sustainable agriculture practices and technology that leads to better soil health, better water management, an increase in biodiversity, and a decrease in carbon emission." The first changes will be seen as early as July 2016, as the company begins transitioning away from genetically modified ingredients in its most popular brands, which includes Dannon, Oikos and Danimals.
Dannon's change of heart began with the company's organic sister brands Stonyfield and Happy Family. The success of their organic brands inspired the entire Dannon Company to move away from GMOs. Consumers' positive gravitation toward organic ingredients has been instrumental in the sweeping change.
Dannon President Mariano Lozano said, "Our ambition is to produce healthy food that is affordable, creates economic and social value and nurtures natural ecosystems through sustainable agriculture. Although our journey is independent from that of our organic sister companies, we have learned a lot from and are inspired by Stonyfield and Happy Family."
The change of heart within the company is a testament to the power of informed consumers voting with their dollars and using the power of positive persuasion. It is important to put action behind our good intent and reward the companies that are working hard to put organic options back on the store shelves, and back on the table
Creating a healthier future
Also, thanks to Vermont's GMO labeling requirement, Dannon is now motivated to label any and all of the remaining GMO ingredients in their products nationwide. The more the company is transparent, the more we can choose what's healthy for our bodies, and the more we can continue helping this company change everything about their products, all the way down to the quality of the soil that food is grown in.
The fight for a healthier future is not won through our hate for the corporate world. It's not always necessary to insult and degrade companies when they aren't doing everything perfectly. Changes do take time. Our influence is much greater when we fight for what we love and reward companies like Dannon with our dollars and our voices. That's how we slowly defeat everything we do not like about Monsanto's GMOs and toxic glyphosate.
"We created a new way to work with dairy farmers to improve our shared sustainability priorities," Lozano said. "While this commitment is ambitious, we believe it's necessary to continue to serve Americans using a sustainable and transparent model."
The best way to eat organic, non-GMO food is to grow it yourself.