Why Organic - Annie's Homegrown

Annie’s, at its core, is a company built on an ever-deepening commitment to bettering the world. Our commitment began day one with natural ingredients; today we continue to advance that commitment by supporting organic and sustainable farming.

Farming is directly connected to nature, and to you. To make the food you eat, farmers harvest crops that grow in the earth. Those crops become ingredients. This means we all depend on soil, water and biodiversity in order to eat. How farmers farm has a massive impact on nature; it’s up to farmers, food companies like Annie’s and eaters like you to decide if that impact will be a positive or negative one. Some farming practices can have negative consequences. For example, we know that about 5 billion pounds of pesticides are used globally each year – and those pesticides have many known harmful effects on our health and the health of animals, the land, oceans, the air and on our entire ecosystem.

We want people to enjoy their favorite foods produced in a way that’s not just better for you, but also better for farmers, animals, communities as a whole, 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.

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Certified organic foods meet one of the most stringent, legally defined standards today for how food is produced and processed.

Organic has multiple benefits!

By definition, organic means…

  • No GMOs.
  • And beyond that, doesn’t use most synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.
  • And way beyond that, farming practices that create a positive feedback loop of health, including:

Healthier Soil

Healthier soil, which means less CO2 in our air and more carbon in the soil.

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Water Quality

Improved water quality, which means people and the environment benefit from reduced nitrate contamination.

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More Biodiversity

More biodiversity, which means bees and other beneficial critters are able to do their essential jobs.

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Climate Change Mitigation

Climate change mitigation, due to reduced greenhouse gas emissions by avoiding most synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and by building soil, which helps sequester carbon.

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Healthier Farmers

Healthier farmers, farm workers and farm communities, given reduced exposure to toxic and persistent pesticides.

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Animal Welfare

Stronger animal health and welfare by requiring good nutrition (all feed must be certified organic) and living conditions, year-round access to the outdoors (so animals can do what animals do), low-stress handing and never using antibiotics or added growth hormones.

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The Future of Farming

Farming practices have the potential to harm or build human and environmental health. Organic provides amazing benefits to both, which is why we’re supporting organic agriculture so emphatically. But we also know that it’s just the start of what is possible, and we recognize that more research is needed to understand the full potential and impacts of organic farming. What we do know now is that organic contributes to a virtuous cycle – one that you help make possible when you and your family eat organic.

 

We’re serious about our opposition to GMOs and that’s why not only do we do everything possible to ensure you’ll never find them in an Annie’s product, we also advocate for transparency and tighter regulation. Call us crazy, but we think people have the right to know what is in their food.

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  • 88% of Annie’s sales are from Organic products (Certified Organic or Made with Organic).
  • In FY2016, we purchased 60 million pounds of organic ingredients, which is 36% more than FY2015 and double the amount since FY2012.
  • As part of the General Mills family, Annie’s is proud that General Mills is the fourth largest maker of natural and organic food in the U.S., with $750 million sales in fiscal year 2016.
  • We work with suppliers we trust to source only non-GMO ingredients.
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