Non-GMO From the Ground Up

Guest post by Annie’s

We believe that food is the most powerful force for change we have. One of the greatest opportunities we have to improve our impact on people and the planet is through our daily food choices. Here at Annie’s, we work hard to choose ingredients, manufacturing partners, and packaging materials that have a positive impact on farmers, communities, animals, the environment, and you. We strive to only make products that meet the high standards that our bunny family expects from us, which means sourcing only non-GMO ingredients.

Why? Because we believe you have the right to know exactly what is (and isn’t) in your food. We support organic and regenerative farming practices, and feel strongly about providing transparency around our sourcing and ingredient practices. There is absolutely no place for genetically engineered ingredients in any of our products. We believe everyone should be able to make informed choices about what foods their families eat.

Our food choices matter – not only to ourselves and to our families, but to our farmers, our planet, and future generations.

From the Ground Up

Agriculture has an incredibly important impact on nature. And we have an opportunity to make a positive impact through our food choices. But it’s going to take all of us — our farmers, food companies like us, and eaters like you to make changes now.

Agriculture contributes to some of our most pressing sustainability challenges today, and we believe that the most promising solutions start with healthy soil. This is why we are on a journey to bring soil back to life through regenerative agriculture practices, which protect and intentionally enhance our natural resources and farming communities.

The Secret Life of Soil

  • Soil is critical to life on earth– more than 99% of our food comes from soil! We rely on soil to clean and store water, support biodiversity and regulate our climate.
  • Soil is a complex ecosystem that is the foundation of life on earth. Soil forms the base of the food chain for humans and all land animals – and it plays a critical role in balancing the earth’s ecosystems and climate!
  • In the US, we’re losing soil 10x faster than the natural replenishment rate. Some agricultural practices, including over-tilling, over-grazing and excessive chemical applications, are degrading our soil. Soil degradation leads to erosion and biodiversity loss, and it threatens our food supply.

To keep our planet healthy for future generations, we must take care of our soil.

The Regenerative Solution

Hearing the buzz about regenerative agriculture and wonder what it’s all about? Regenerative agriculture works with nature to pull carbon from the air and store it in the soil, where it nourishes a network of life. By sequestering carbon in the soil, regenerative practices can reduce the greenhouse gases in our atmosphere! We at Annie’s and our parent company, General Mills, are committed to advancing regenerative agriculture through our products, our farmers, our partnerships and beyond.

This May, two of the most important boxes of mac and cheese we’ve ever made, Organic Shells & White Cheddar with Whole Grains and Organic Macaroni & Classic Cheddar with 12g Protein, will be hopping onto store shelves near you. Made in partnership with innovative Montana farmers, these mac & cheeses will feature diverse, single-sourced regeneratively grown ingredients that benefit both people and the planet.

This is just the beginning. General Mills recently announced a commitment to advance regenerative agriculture practices on ONE MILLION acres of farmland by 2030!

We’re All in this Together

We believe people should be able to enjoy their favorite foods produced in a way that’s not only better for you, but also better for farmers, animals, communities, and the environment. We don’t prioritize just one of these aspects when we source ingredients. The health of each is connected to the health of all. We’re all in this together.

Learn more about our mission at Annie’s to leave the planet better than we found it.

One Comment

John Sutherland

It appears that government is pretty useless when it comes to actually protecting life. Government does well when it wants to take life, but it is shy when it comes to the reverse. I am really pleased to see companies like Annie’s and General Mills, regardless of their business size finally becoming more active in the role of supplying good, nutritious, and clean food for humans and other animal and plant life forms. Even though we may never tell you so, we are appreciative of your efforts. Everything counts – our actions either count for us, or they count against us. Thank you for doing the right thing for us all.

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