Make Informed Decisions
Old Creamery Co-op GMO Policy (See kitchen practices below)
Consistent with our belief that consumers have the right to make informed choices about the food we buy, our Co-op strongly and publicly supports the mandatory labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in the food supply.
Also known as Genetic Engineering, the laboratory process of injecting genes of one species into the genes of another has come to permeate mainstream agriculture over the past two decades, yet there exist no conclusive long-term studies on the health, environmental, and economic impacts of this new technology.
We believe that our communities have the right to choose what we are feeding ourselves and our families, and to know what those products are and where they come from. We want to give our customers the opportunity to make the most informed choices about the food they purchase, not to take that choice away from them, or make that decision for them.
Our community market will continue to offer a diverse selection of products at affordable prices, and we are committed to an expanding selection of high-quality products that include labeled GMO-free options, as well as locally grown, sustainably farmed, and organic choices.
What the Creamery Kitchen is doing about GMOs
What the Creamery Kitchen is doing about GMOs
Because food products containing genetically engineered ingredients are not currently labeled and we do not have the means to test for GMOs, it is not possible for us to guarantee that anything is absolutely GMO-free. What we can do is to eliminate, as much as possible, the main sources of GMOs (beet sugar, corn, soy, canola and cottonseed). When possible, we use organic (which, by definition is non-GMO) or Verified Non-GMO versions of these ingredients, or don't use them at all.
Here are some of the steps we've taken in order to reduce the possibility of GMOs in our Creamery-made foods:
- We do not use canola, corn, cottonseed or soy oils in any of our prepared foods or baked goods. We use pure olive oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil and sesame oil. We use a non-GMO pan spray on our baking pans.
- We use non-GMO cornstarch.
- We use pure cane sugar and organic dried cane juice (no sugars containing beet sugar). We use organic confectioner’s sugar as a dusting for our fruit pies. (Confectioner’s sugar that we use in cake icing and in some baked goods is, unfortunately, not organic and does contain cornstarch. We have not found an affordable alternative, but will keep looking and keep urging the sugar companies to use non-GMO cornstarch.)
- We do not use corn syrup in our baked goods (our pecan pies are made with local maple syrup!)
- We use jam made with pure cane sugar, and organic peanut butter.
- We use organic tamari (it is also wheat/gluten free).
- We use organic corn and cornmeal.
- We use organic soy products (tofu, tempeh, tempeh bacon).
- We use sour cream that does not contain cornstarch and is rBST-free.
- While we continue to offer Hellman’s mayo for the many customers who choose it, we also have Veganaise for those would like a non-GMO option.
- We use local, grass-fed beef (ground beef and roast beef), local organic pork sausage and have pasture-raised, non-GMO ham available for sandwiches and slicing.
A note on eggs and dairy:
It is cost-prohibitive to use all organic eggs and dairy products. For that reason, it is likely that most of the dairy and eggs we use come from animals that consume GMO feed.
This is an on-going process. If you have questions or concerns, please be in touch with Emmy.
Want to stretch your food dollar?
We have several ways to help you purchase more products for less money. Do you have a favorite item that you purchase regularly? You can order a full case of most anything in the store for a 10% discount (must be picked up within a day of delivery). You can order a full case of any of our wines at a 15% discount, or choose a mix and match case of 12 from the shelves for a 10% discount. We also have a Wholesale Buying Club that operates from the second-floor Sustainability Library. You can order any products available from United Natural Foods (the largest natural foods wholesaler and our main supplier) at greatly discounted prices, and it costs nothing extra to use this service. We also sponsor a Zero Waste Bulk Foods Club. For $25 you receive a starter kit of glass jars and bulk food bags. Then, when you bring your own container, you receive a 10% discount on all bulk foods sold at the Creamery.