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Ben& Jerry's: Heading to Zero GMO's

The alternative ice cream company established in Vermont is well on its way to producing a product free of any GMO ingredients.

According to a piece in The Organic and Non-GMO Report, "Eighty percent of the ingredients used in Ben & Jerry’s products are non-GMO, and 26 ice cream flavors are fully non-GMO. These are listed on the company’s website.

The company uses cane sugar instead of beet sugar and high fructose corn syrup, which are derived from GMOs. The St. Albans Cooperative Creamery in Vermont supplies the bulk of rBGH-free milk for the ice cream. All flavors are fair trade certified, which requires they are non-GMO and produced using sustainable methods.

“We have been working to convert the last percentages of the supply chain to non-GMO,” (company spokesman Rob )Michalak says.

Interestingly, all non GMO ingredients are produced in the Netherlands.

He adds: “We want to play a role in increasing demand for conventional non-GMO ingredients and non-GMO foods and to help create a robust non-GMO agriculture sector.”

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