So Delicious Dairy Free is proud to support GMO labeling initiatives. We were the very first Non-GMO Project Verified non-dairy beverage with our coconut milk beverage in 2011 and we are proud to offer non-GMO certification for all of our products. We believe strongly that everyone has the right to know what is in their food and transparency in labeling is an important first step. Labels of GMO ingredients are already in place in over 60 countries, including all European Union states, Japan and India.
To show our support for the GMO-labeling movement, every Thursday this summer we’re giving you the chance to win GMO-free products! We’re looking for a hungry winner. Each week So Delicious Dairy Free and one our natural food partners will team up to send you awesome products free of GMO ingredients. Want to win? Tell us why you feel we have a right to know what is in our food. Here in Oregon, we have two weeks left for registered voters to submit signature cards in order to get GMO labeling on our November ballot.
As an Oregon based company, we passionately support Oregon’s Right To Know labeling initiative. For us, the Right to Know is simple. We all have a right to know how many calories are in the foods we eat. We have a right to know how much sodium or sugar is in our food. And, equally, we have a right to know if ingredients in our foods have been genetically modified.
GMOs or “genetically modified organisms” are plants or animals that have been created using the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology. In other words, a GMO is the result of a laboratory process of taking specific genes from one species (like the BT bacteria) and crossing it with the genes from another (like corn) to create combinations that would never occur in nature or by using traditional cross breeding methods or hybridization. It is estimated that about 70% of packaged foods contain GMO ingredients.
Last year was a big one for the GMO labeling movement. With 28 states introducing labeling legislation and a recent victory for labeling in Vermont, we want families to be able to make informed choices in the grocery store and at the ballot box, so we put a lot of energy into educating as many people as possible about genetically modified foods. And, we are proud to continue our efforts and hope our fans will get involved as well.
This summer, the So Delicious Dairy Free sampling team will be supporting our local ballot initiative by collecting petition signatures. Locals can watch for our booth at various community events, while our fans nationally can go to Just Label It to see if there is an initiative in their state.