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The Beginnings of the Non-GMO Project’s Product Verification Program

Non GMO Project This is part 3 of WholeSoy & Co’s series on Non-GMO’s.


WholeSoy & Co. decided years ago to take action. We have always used organic, non-GMO soybeans and ingredients in our products, but we wanted to provide our customers with some form of third-party guarantee. In 2005, we contacted Genetic ID, the laboratory that tests for GMO contamination in food destined for Europe, where the standard is strictly regulated at less than 1%. With their aid, we were able to source organic non-GMO verified cornstarch from Europe, one of the few locations in the world without GM corn. This is great news for our customers who can be assured the corn is non-GMO, but sad news about the contamination of GMOs in the U.S. food supply.

This experience, along with help from FoodChain Global Advisors, evolved into the actual verification of the WholeSoy yogurts.  The people we worked with in 2005 became part of the attempt to establish a non-GMO standard that could be trusted.  Awareness was really brought to the project when UNFI, the largest natural food distributor in the U.S., and Whole Foods, the largest natural food retailer in the U.S., banded together to support the establishment of the Non-GMO Project’s Product Verification Program. 

WholeSoy & Co is proud to be the first soy yogurt to be verified through the program.  Today, we are joined by many other food manufacturers who have completed the rigorous verification process.  Those companies that are Verified Non-GMO can display the Non-GMO Project Verification Seal on their packaging – we began putting the Seal on our 6 oz. lids in April 2010 and you will see our 24 oz. lids sporting the Seal soon.

Written By: 
Yesica Arredondo, Communications Manager for WholeSoy & Co.

WholeSoy & Co. is an independent, family owned and operated company with a passion for a healthy planet and organic soyfoods free of genetic modification. WholeSoy & Co. makes delicious soy yogurt made from U.S. grown organic soybeans and was the first soy yogurt on the market to be verified non-GMO!

Photo: Non-GMO Project

4 comments
  1. catsden

    Glad to be one who comments on this post. Thank you. Been a vegetarian/vegan for many years and although I drink soy milk I never looked for a soy yogurt product. Thanks for the tip. Already shop at Whole Foods so the rest is easy. Oh I don’t want anyone but nature putting anything in my food.

    1. Yesica Arredondo

      Hi catsden! Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! I’m happy to read that you’re already informed about non-GMO foods and committed to vegetarianism/veganism! We at WholeSoy are also happy to share a tasty vegan and non-GMO alternative. Hope you love it too!

  2. Susan

    We’ve been eating vegetarian 4-5 days a week, organic chicken 2-3 days. Initially, this was to save money so I could afford the best meat available. But as more and more food becomes genetically modified to become a pesticide in our gut, or to drink herbicides, I’m planning to eat vegetarian and then vegan when our food runs out.

    We no longer ingest soy. Drink a lot of carbon filtered water and occasionally organic nonfat non-instant powdered milk. I have a two year supply if I’m careful. Most is in the freezer, but some is in sealed bags. Have lots of beans, lentils, and seeds if hemp, sunflowers, pumpkin; whatever I can find and store in ways that insect cannot contaminate.

    For produce, we’ll buy from organic farmers and gardeners since I cannot dig with a total hip and total knee replacement. Nor can I get to the ground to plant, mulch or pull or cut vegetables. So I’m dependent upon organic farmers/gardeners for my food.

    When the time comes, how do I balance amino acids and eat vegan without eating soya. I would rather not get gastroesophageal acid reflux disease from eating herbicide drinking GMO’s like soy, and alfalfa. I do not consume beet sugarbut have some small bags of organic sugar for occasional organic breads as long as supplies last.

    AGAIN, how do we eat vegan when the time comes?

    1. Becky Striepe

      Hi Susan! I’d be happy to address this in an upcoming Eating Vegan column. Are you looking just for soy-free vegan recommendations? Sorry if you’ve asked this before – I haven’t seen this question until now. Our contact form is a better way to reach us with inquiries like this. :)

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