Dear Green American ,
Happy December! Chances are, you’ve already begun the fast descent into full-on winter holiday delirium. Whether you’re cutting out paper snowflakes, lighting the menorah, or decorating your Christmas tree, it’s safe to say that this is the most festive and well-loved time of year for a lot of us.
As we look forward to another celebratory month of merriment, there’s one thing our GMO Inside team is wishing for this holiday season: Better butter.
A crucial ingredient in our favorite holiday cookies, butter is a cornerstone for many of our edible traditions. However, some of America’s most iconic dairy companies have been keeping consumers in the dark about what’s really in our butter: GMOs.
Take Dean Foods, for example. Dean Foods is the largest processor and direct distributor of dairy products in the U.S. If you haven’t heard of them before, that’s okay - I hadn’t either, until learning that Dean Foods owns many regional dairy brands like Land O’Lakes, Garelick Farms, Alta Dena, and Berkeley Farms. Dean Foods is also a leader in promoting GMOs.
While not genetically modified themselves, dairy products are just as important when considering the detrimental impacts of GMOs. In industrialized agriculture, most dairy cattle suffer day after day in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), and are raised almost entirely on GMO feed made from corn, soy, or alfalfa. Animals, like humans, are affected by the quality of their diet, and recent studies have shown severe digestive inflammation in pigs given GMO feed. Additionally, while the dairy industry claims that genetically modified particles are broken down in the digestive tracts of animals that eat them, studies show that GM particles have shown up in the milk of animals fed GMOs, the same milk that humans then consume.
Dean Foods likes to claim that their milk does not contain GMOs, but refuses to disclose the GMO-status of its animal feed. And though Dean Foods claims their milk to be “pure and simple”, Land O’Lakes, which has its milk licensed by Dean Foods, played a significant role in developing genetically engineered alfalfa, which is now most often fed to livestock. Not so pure and simple, after all.
So this one goes out to all of you holiday cookie lovers: Join us in our Better Butter campaign and ask Dean Foods to shift to non-GMO feed for their cows.
We’ll be supplying you with some of our favorite holiday cookie recipes on the GMO Inside blog, so stay tuned! In the meantime, please sign our petition for Better Butter here and forward this action onto 10 friends.
SEED: The Untold Story - A Kickstarter Campaign
From the creators of The Real Dirt on Farmer John, SEED: The Untold Story tells the story of seeds and the global struggle to preserve them. From a kernel of corn to a grain of wheat, every seed carries within it the hope of the future. But that future is at risk as high-tech industrial seed companies have taken control of seeds through patents and genetic modification, threatening the irreplaceable diversity of our seed inheritance with extinction. Appearances include Vandana Shiva, Jane Goodall, Executive Producer Marisa Tomei, Diane Ott Whealy of the Seed Savers Exchange, Jeffrey Smith of the Institute for Responsible Technology, and more.
Over $41,000 dollars have been raised so far to help finish the film by 2014. The goal is to raise $85,000 dollars by Friday, Dec 20.
Pledges start at $5, so a little goes a long way! Please help spread the story of seeds. Pledge to donate today and share this Kickstarter with 5 friends!
Elizabeth and Shireen
On behalf of GMO Inside
GMO Inside is a coalition of businesses, organizations and individuals that support a healthy, GMO-free food system. The GMO Inside campaign is led by Green America. To learn more about our work, visit our website or sign up for Green America's green living email newsletter.