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Take Back Our Food

To combat the long lasting environmental impacts of industrial agriculture, we need to farm in a way that preserves soil health, removes toxins, and protects the health of farm workers, farmers, and consumers.

Agriculture is the most polluting industry in the world because of the prevalent use of chemical pesticides and herbicides. Overtime, these toxic chemicals not only degrade soil health, but also pollute water supplies and harm the health of surrounding communities. In addition, a majority of US crops are genetically engineered.  

Organic farming, and regenerative agriculture in particular, are holistic approaches which do not use chemicals. This approach improves soil health, does not cause toxic run-off, and protects farmworker health.

What Does the Organic Label Mean?

The USDA organic standard is maintained by the government and incorporates policies for maintaining soil fertility and crop nutrient levels, limiting pesticide and fertilizer usage, and preventing overall negative impacts on surrounding environments. Choosing products with the USDA organic label is a trustworthy way to avoid GMOs. 

Key Practices of USDA Certified Organic:

  • Prohibits use of most chemical/synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Prohibits antibiotic and synthetic hormone use.
  • Prohibits GMOs in all aspects of farming and processing.

Family Farms: An Invaluable Part of a Sustainable Agricultural System

Family farmers are farms, often small-scale, that take a holistic approach with concern for the broader and long-term impacts that agriculture has on the environment and community. The current generation of farmers works to ensure the sustainability of natural resources and livelihoods for future generations and surrounding communities.

However, many small-scale and family farms have been squeezed out of business by the consolidated power of corporate agribusiness and a shift to “factory farm” production.

In 2014, Green America began expanding our collaboration with farmers, gardeners, and growers across the US. We are committed to celebrating our nation’s food producers.  We work to amplify the voice of the farming community and bridge the gap of communication between farmers, consumers, and policy makers.

Thank you to all those growing our food. We appreciate you!


Miracle Whipped GMOs

Tell Darden Restaurants to Serve Healthy, Green, and Fair Food
Darden Restaurants—owner of Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, and The Capital Grille—is the #1 casual-dining operator in terms of revenue. Ask Darden to serve greener meals that are better for our health, the planet, and workers!

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Tell Congress to Reject the TTIP Trade Deal
The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) governing trade between the US and European Union will further the corporate influence over the worldwide food system and increase the use of genetically engineered (GE) crops and pesticides.

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Tell Congress to Reject the TPP

Tell Congress to Reject the TPP
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) governing trade in the Pacific will negatively impact food safety, workers’ rights, and the environment. We must protect ourselves and stand up against corporate interests.

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Tell Kraft to Remove GMOs from Miracle Whip
Most mayo contains genetically engineered (referred to as GE or GMO) ingredients. These mayos are also frequently made from factory farmed eggs. Tell Kraft to get the GMOs out of, and get humanely produced eggs into, Miracle Whip.

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Tell Sabra Hummus: Stop Mixing in the GMOs
Sabra hummus contains soybean oil and citric acid, both from likely genetically engineered crops. Sabra's parent company, PepsiCo, is one of the largest supporters of the anti-GMO labeling movement, fighting consumer’s right to know.

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Tell Starbucks:
Serve Only Organic, Non-GMO Milk

With more than 20,000 retail locations throughout the world, Starbucks is a company uniquely positioned to trigger major supply-chain shifts when it makes changes to the products in its stores. Plus, Starbucks already serves organic soymilk. Green America's GMO Inside campaign calls on Starbucks to switch to serving all-organic dairy products as well. 
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Tell Dean Foods: We Want Better Butter
Dean Foods claims that their white milk does not contain GMOs, while sourcing their dairy from cows raised on genetically modified feed. It's time to get the GMOs completely out of their supply chain.
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Non-GMO Mayo Hellmann's Offers Non-GMO Mayo Option!

Green America's GMO Inside campaign celebrates another announcement that Hellmann's is releasing a non-GMO mayonnaise dressing made with olive oil. Thanks, Green Americans, for taking action and making this possible.
Victory! Similac Infant Formula Removes GMOs Abbott Offers non-GMO Similac Infant Formula

Green America's GMO Inside campaign celebrates Abbott's announcement that it is removing genetically engineered ingredients from two of its Similac formulas. This victory is thanks to the tens of thousands of Green Americans who've taken action.
Hersheys give a kiss actions Monumental First Step! Give a Kiss to Hershey's!

Hershey's announced that as part of achieving "simpler ingredients" it will be switching to non-GMO sugar, removing artificial flavors (vanillin), and sourcing milk from cows not treated with the growth hormone rBST in its iconic Milk Chocolate Bar and Kisses by the end of 2015. This is a monumental first step from one of the leading chocolate companies and a large purchaser of sugar.
hersheys milk chocolate Hershey's Milk Chocolate and Kisses to Go Non-GMO by the End of 2015

Bowing to pressure from Green America's GMO Inside campaign, Hershey's announced it will switch to non-GMO sugar for its milk chocolate bars and Kisses.
NonGMO Cheerios General Mills Announces That Original Cheerios Are Now Non-GMO

General Mills announced that its "original" Cheerios are now produced without genetically modified ingredients, a year after Green America launched our GMO Inside campaign targeting General Mills to get the GMOs out of Cheerios. The company said it was "able to change how we source and handle ingredients to ensure that the corn starch for original Cheerios comes only from non-GMO corn and our sugar is only non-GMO pure cane sugar."