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America's largest organic producer bought by company headed by pro-GMO Dean Foods' former CEO

Posted: December 11, 2013 |   Comments

( Earthbound Farm, a massive, industrial-scale organic produce corporation, has been bought out by the WhiteWave Foods Company. WhiteWave produces Silk soy milk and until recently was owned by Dean Foods, Inc., which has fiercely opposed GMO-labeling campaigns and was involved in changing Silk from an organic product into a "natural" one that used genetically modified soy beans. Although WhiteWave has enrolled all of its Silk products in The Non-GMO Project's product verification program, its ties to Dean Foods raises concerns for many health food enthusiasts.

Mark Kastel, a senior farm policy analyst from the Cornucopia Institute, says that WhiteWave's Horizon brand dairy milk comes from factory operations with as many as 10,000 cows living in their own filth. Even though their Silk products now appear to be going non-GMO, the company is currently headed by the former CEO of Dean Foods, Gregg Engles, which makes it tough to trust their stance on organic, non-GMO food, and especially GMO labeling.

At this time, Earthbound Farm's products are all organic and non-GMO, but there is no telling if that could change in the future due to WhiteWave's, and Dean Foods', influence. All organic producers should be supported for contributing to better, healthier food choices, but it is almost always safer to go with small, local farms whenever possible.

Be sure to read Nick Meyer's article on the subject at

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