Do you vote with your dollars at the grocery store? Then vote for Dannon (the sponsor of this post) and their pledge for natural ingredients, no GMOs, transparency and sustainability.
The opinions expressed in this post are my own. For more information on Dannon's move toward sustainable agriculture, naturality and transparency, visit www.dannonpledge.com.
For years, I've had many ups and downs when evaluating our food supply. Many downs because it seems so challenging for the average family to cut through the clutter and understand what's up with our food supply.
And many, many ups as I start to see a shift, both in how people view food and in how companies are responding to our requests for better options.
Today, I want to celebrate one of those ups, a success we can all be happy about – Dannon is listening! They've made a pledge you'll want to learn about. Prepare to do a little happy dance with me and Mamavation as I share the changes they're making in response to our requests.
But first, let's talk about why I care. Yogurt is an awesome food, and we eat a lot of it. My daughter, who is lactose intolerant, can eat yogurt.
Why? Yogurt is a fermented food. So all of the active yogurt cultures gobble up most of those lactose sugars so they can't upset your tummy.
On top of that, the good cultures in yogurt even help balance your gut bacteria. That's something all of us need help with these days!
While we do buy mostly organic in our home, it's not always possible for us to find an affordable organic version of all of the foods we eat. And I know organic isn't in everyone's budgets.
So it's important for conventional brands to make healthier alternatives available. Dannon is on board with making their whole milk yogurt healthier for all.
More Natural Products
Dannon has pledged to make their whole milk yogurt with fewer, more natural ingredients that are totally non-GMO! They're using whole milk and all natural ingredients with Vitamin D. That is definitely something to celebrate.
They'll be labeling all of their products so we know whether or not they contain GMOs, regardless of government regulations. I wish more companies would do this, because it can be a challenge to understand what food products might contain GMOs unless you spend a lot of time studying label reading like I do.
They are taking it a step further though, and reformulating all Dannon brand products to be made with only non-GMO ingredients by the end of 2017.
Sustainable Agricultural Practices
Dannon has made a pledge to practice sustainable agricultural practices. That all starts with only working with farmers they know. That way, they can work directly with them to improve soil health, water usage, biodiversity, and animal welfare.
By the end of 2017, all of their dairy cows will be fed non-GMO feed. Right now, they're working hand in hand with farmers and feed suppliers to plant non-GMO grains in their fields and harvest them so the dairy cows can be consuming the non-GMO feed by the end of the year.
Big point to note: Dannon is the only conventional dairy company in the US feeding non-GMO feed to its cows! And they're the first leading yogurt maker to “know their farmers.” All of this means more visibility for us!
Better Animal Welfare
Currently, more than 90% of Dannon's milk comes from farming operations under the Validus Certified system. If you're not familiar with Validus, the certification is awarded to farms that follow stringent animal welfare guidelines.
Farms that receive animal welfare certification undergo a detailed assessment and audit of their on-farm animal welfare practices. Certification is awarded to farms that demonstrate compliance with the animal welfare criteria and standards established for their operation.
Ready to Celebrate Dannon?
If you're ready to give Dannon a round of applause with me, consider supporting them with your dollars this year. Their whole milk yogurt is available in 11 delicious flavors (Strawberry, Blueberry, Strawberry Banana, Vanilla, Mixed Berry, Raspberry, Cherry, Orange Cream, Key Lime and Strawberry Kiwi).
Dannon yogurt is affordable too – the average package costs $0.55. Visit Dannonyogurt.com to learn more.