California dairy to convert conventional milk products to non-GMO
In September, Petaluma, Calif.-based Clover Stornetta Farms said it will convert its conventional milk products to be Non-GMO Project Verified over the next two years.
“We’ve always taken an innovative approach to elevating dairy through driving industry progress, building trust with consumers, and setting our own high standards,” said Clover President & CEO Marcus Benedetti in a company statement. “Our focus on Non-GMO reaffirms our commitment to invest in the future of our dairy cows, family farms, and communities. Our hope is to lead the way by creating an industry-wide movement towards more Non-GMO feed options for our dairy cows. We look forward to working closely with our dairy partners to make this goal a reality.”
Clover Stornetta Farms is a third-generation family-owned and -operated dairy. Clover said it will be one of the first Non-GMO Project Verified conventional milk products produced in California on a large scale. The business ranks No. 80 on the most-recent Dairy 100, this magazine’s list of the largest dairy processors in North America.
Non-GMO Project Executive Director Megan Westgate said “Clover’s commitment to transition their conventional dairies will increase Non-GMO feed acreage in California, help family farms expand their business by meeting Non-GMO demand, and provide more choice to customers seeking Non-GMO Project Verified products.”