Zen Monkey takes pride in providing a genuinely healthy meal. We work very hard to provide a fresh wholesome product. We eat it pretty much everyday ourselves, so it would be silly to make something we didn’t believe in. We strive to source only the highest quality ingredients. The details on labeling a product “non-GMO” are relatively ambiguous and we want to provide as much transparency on our ingredients as possible to our customers. See below for details on each individual ingredient.
(direct from our supplier)
Are your products genetically modified?
No. All of our products originate from identity-preserved, non-GMO seeds. This means that the seed planted in the ground is non-GMO. We do not guarantee the complete absence of GMO materials in our products because of wind drift, pollinators and our lack of testing equipment.
The yogurt in Zen Monkey come from cows NEVER treated with rBGH/rBST.
Some U.S. dairy farms inject the genetically engineered hormone rBGH, also called rBST, into their cows to boost milk production. Products with a label that indicates cows free of rBGH or rBST may come from cows fed GMO feed.
Non-GMO verification for dairy products is still being ironed out. The sticking point is how far up the supply chain you go. Yogurt comes from milk (obviously). Milk comes from cows (well, now it seems like milk comes from almonds and soy and goats and chickens and fish and everywhere else… our milk comes from cows). The GMO part is what these cows eat. For a yogurt to be non-GMO verified, the cows must eat non-GMO feed. Of course, there is not much non-GMO feed around… and so the big debate. In short, if a dairy product is non-GMO verified, it is almost always Organic certified. One of our core values is that healthy, wholesome food should be accessible to everyone. By sourcing organic yogurt, the price of a Zen Monkey would be almost double what it is now, and not very affordable.