As food companies demand sustainability from suppliers, where will GMOs fit in?

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…Increasingly, major food companies are raising the bar over what they consider to be “sustainable” agricultural practices around the globe….

The seven companies—Diageo, General Mills, Hain Celestial, Hormel Foods, Kellogg, PepsiCo and WhiteWave Foods—are participants in what they call the AgWater Challenge, a collaborative initiative organized by the World Wildlife Fund and Ceres.

The AgWater Challenge aims to spur companies to make time-bound and measurable commitments to reduce the water impacts associated with key agricultural commodities, implement locally-relevant strategies to mitigate risk in agricultural areas where water is scarce or polluted and support and incentivize farmers to strengthen water stewardship practices.

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Kellogg has not asked any farmers to stop using genetically-modified organisms as part of its effort to be more sustainable. In fact, Kellogg was one of the first food companies to announce that it was voluntarily labeling products that contained GMO ingredients.

However, some companies are, and that’s prompted major U.S. farm groups to urge food companies to think twice about their sustainability goals, saying they may actually be causing more harm than good.

The groups, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, are responding specifically to Dannon’s recent pledge to eliminate genetically modified ingredients from its yogurt products, which they noted was just the latest such promise from prominent food manufacturers and retailers in recent years.

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