Ben and Jerry’s Remove GMOs from Ice Cream

Get out your spoons and dig in to a pint of Coffee Buzz Buzz Buzz in celebration; Ben and Jerry’s has announced its commitment to be completely GMO-free by the end of the year. Already vocal about the need to label GMO products, Ben and Jerry’s announced on May 30 that they intend to remove any and all GMOs from their products in the United States.

This change to the Vermont-based company was announced in a statement on the Ben and Jerry’s website. “Ben & Jerry’s has also committed to sourcing only Non-GMO ingredients for our products.  Our goal is to do so by the end of 2013, but we will still be making this conversion into 2014.” The company states that its plan is to have all ingredients replaced by the end of this year, and the process of labeling to reflect the changes done by 2014.

Roughly 80 percent of the ingredients Ben and Jerry’s use in U.S are non-GMO. Currently, GMO-free flavors include Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry and the popular Cherry Garcia. Around 80 other flavors and 110 individual ingredients will be transitioned as the company seeks to source ingredients that are non-GMO and Fairtrade certified. Though the company acknowledges this will be a difficult task, it isn’t starting from square one. According to the Ben and Jerry’s website, all of their European products are already non-GMO.

Ben and Jerry’s decision to go GMO-free comes shortly after the approval of a bill in the Vermont House of Representatives in favor of GMO labeling. Ben and Jerry’s has voiced its support for the labeling of GMOs, saying, “We support those calling for transparency and a consumer’s right to know and support the push for mandatory labeling.  We ought to all have freedom to choose whether or not we want to eat food that has been genetically engineered.  We think this is a fundamental right.” Ben and Jerry’s have fought against GMOs since the late 90s when they went against Monsanto and the use of Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone, or rBGH.

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133 comments

Pami W.
Pami W.2 years ago

Kudos to Ben and Jerry's. I hope other companies follow their initiative.

KAREN G.

thank you

Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Orsike F.
Orsike F2 years ago

The European Union is often ahead in these kinds of things.... North America: keep up! Even within the same company there are differences..... Thanks for taking that step Ben & Jerry's.

Elisa F.
Elisa F.2 years ago

Yippee! Thanks for sharing :)

Ruth R.
Ruth R.2 years ago

Thank you for the posting.
Thank you Ben and Jerry's IceCream for going non-gmo!
I like that you went non-gmo.

Ben and Jerry's you also have had some ice-cream that was all organice and that was good! I could eat that organic ice-cream.

Karen Walker
Karen Walker2 years ago

A great big thank you to Ben and Jerry's! We all have the right to know that our foods have not been genetically modified. Don't mess around with Mother Nature. She knows what she is doing, folks. Thanks for your open honesty and transparency in labeling your products!

Lynn Sanders
Lynn Sanders2 years ago

THANK YOU Ben & Jerry's! Another reason why I luv your Ice Cream ♥

Abbe A.
Azaima A.2 years ago

nice that reality is catching up to our perception of them

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.2 years ago

good news