Our Food Ingredient Philosophy
Sunshine Burgers offer a nutritious alternative for anyone seeking a healthful, flavorful diet. Made from simple, wholesome organically grown ingredients including sunflower seeds and brown rice, all flavors of Sunshine Burgers are free of gluten, wheat, soy, corn, oats, dairy, eggs, tree nuts and peanuts. Sunshine Burgers are produced without the use of toxic, synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, and all our products are Non-GMO Project Verified. In fact, Sunshine Burger was the first Veggie Burger to become Non-GMO Project Verified.
Sunshine Burgers are healthy for you and the planet! You’ll taste the sunshine in each burger!
All Sunshine Burgers are Vegan
Vegan foods are entirely plant-based, meaning they do not contain meat, eggs, dairy products, or any other animal-derived ingredient. Sunshine Burgers are vegan because we want to provide you and your family with the highest quality, whole food ingredients with nutritious, plant-based proteins that are not only wholesome and delicious, but good for you and the planet.
Why choose vegan? There are many reasons why people choose a vegan diet. Environmental and health consequences play a large role in why many people choose to eat vegan foods. Learn more about vegan foods and the benefits of a vegan and vegetarian diet from the following websites:
John Robbins is an American author, who popularized the links among nutrition, environmentalism, and animal rights.
The Vegetarian Imperative, written by Anand M. Saxena, a scientist and a vegetarian for most of his life, explains why we need to make better choices: for better health, to eliminate world hunger, and, ultimately, to save the planet.
Vegetarian Resource Group is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on vegetarianism and the interrelated issues of health, nutrition, ecology, ethics, and world hunger. In addition to publishing the Vegetarian Journal, VRG produces and sells cookbooks, other books, pamphlets, and article reprints.
VegNews is an award-winning vegan magazine and website packed with recipes, travel, news, food, reviews, and so much more.
The Veganist, by Kathy Freston, is filled with compelling facts, stories of people who have improved their weight and health conditions as a result of making the switch, and Q&A with the leading medical researchers. Veganist concludes with a step-by-step practical guide to becoming vegan.
The Inside Tract by Kathy Swift and Dr. Gerard Mullin provides evidence-based science and background information to expand readers’ understanding of digestive health; practical strategies including a 3 Tract Nutrition plan with menus and recipes to restore digestive function; natural remedies and supplements helpful in healing the gut; and mind body practices for long-term health and healing.
From celebrated dietitian Ashley Koff and fitness trainer to the stars Kathy Kaehler comes Mom Energy, an exciting new way for moms to tap into their own natural and renewable sources of energy to overcome fatigue and achieve their personal health goals. Koff and Kaehler have put together a safe, sensible, flexible and effective program for mothers of any age—whether their children are in diapers or heading off to college.
The Compassionate Diet: How What You Eat Can Change Your Life and Save the Planet by Arran Stephens. Nature’s Path founder and CEO Arran Stephens, who has been at the leading edge of the organic food movement for decades and a vegetarian his entire adult life, answers these complex questions in the simplest terms: Eat vegetarian. A sense of compassion and humanity has animated Stephens’s life’s work, and it drives this book. The vegetarian lifestyle has innumerable benefits, but for Stephens, eating a plant-based diet is first and foremost an expression of compassion for animals, for ourselves, and for the planet.
All Sunshine Burgers are non-GMO
Sunshine Burger is dedicated to providing food that is healthful and wholesome. As part of our initiative to provide certified organic, whole food products for our customers, it is also our mission to work with foods that are healthy for our planet. That’s why we do not use any genetically engineered (GE) or genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our products. We work closely with the Non-GMO Verified Project, a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices.
GMOs are plants and animals whose genetic material has been altered in a laboratory using genetic engineering techniques such as gene splicing. This experimental technology merges DNA from different speciesto create new combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot be formed naturally. Virtually all commercial GMO crops are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicides and/or produce toxic insecticides inside the plant itself. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit. Plus, there have been no long-term studies ever conducted proving the health safety of GMOs; in fact, a growing body of evidence points to significant health and environmental risks associated with GMO food and agriculture. See GMO Myths and Truths for a summary of peer reviewed, scientific research demonstrating the health and environmental risks associated with GMOs.
Sunshine Burgers supports the Non-GMO Project by using the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal and by NOT INCLUDING ANY GMO-RISK INGREDIENTS in its vegan burgers. GMO-risk ingredients include soy, corn, alfalfa, cotton, canola, papaya from Hawaii, zucchini and crooked neck squash.
The Non-GMO Verified seal verifies that Sunshine Burger’s products have gone through a rigorous verification process that assures a product has been produced according to consensus-based best practices for GMO avoidance:
- Ongoing testing of all GMO-risk ingredients—any ingredient being grown commercially in GMO form must be tested prior to use in a verified product.
- An Action Threshold of 0.9%. This is in alignment with laws in the European Union, where any product containing more than 0.9% GMO must be labeled.
- Rigorous traceability and segregation practices to be followed in order to ensure ingredient integrity through to the finished product.
- For low-risk ingredients, conduct a thorough review of ingredient specification sheets to determine absence of GMO risk.
- Verification is maintained through an annual audit, along with onsite inspections for high-risk products.
- Institute for Responsible Technology
- Non-GMO Project, GMO Facts
- California Right to Know
- The Organic and Non-GMO Report
- Oprah.com, How Do Genetically Modified Foods Affect Your Health?
- Just Label It
All Sunshine Burgers are certified USDA Organic
Sunshine Burger is a strong advocate for organic farming. Healthy soil provides nutrient-rich food that meets our mission to bring healthy, wholesome and safe food to your table.
Conventional farming methods that use toxic, synthetic chemical fertilizers, insecticides and pesticides kill microbes in the soil. Organic farming avoids dangerous chemicals that not only kill soil but also run off into nearby steams, polluting our water supply and threatening wildlife.
What does certified USDA Organic mean? The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) defines organic as follows:
- Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations.
- Organic food is produced without the use of conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation.
- Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones.
- Before a product can be labeled “organic,” a government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following the required methods to meet USDA organic standards.
- Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.
- Organic Trade Association
- The Organic Center
- Organic It’s Worth It
- National Cancer Institute's President’s Cancer Panel
- Ecological Farming Association
- Organic.org, Organic made easy.
- Organic Consumers Association
All Sunshine Burgers are Gluten Free
All Sunshine Burgers are gluten-free, meaning that they do not contain any gluten, wheat, kamut, spelt, barley, rye, malts or triticale. Gluten allergy sufferers can be confident that all Sunshine Burgers meet gluten-free standards.
Sunshine Burgers are safe for those individuals living a gluten-free lifestyle or living with Celiac disease. We produce our tasty vegan burgers in a gluten-free production line with only gluten-free ingredients. Our dedicated production line is used solely for Sunshine Burgers. However, the facility that processes Sunshine Burgers does process other foods that contain gluten. To ensure the integrity of our products, we regularly test them to ensure that they contain a gluten threshold of less than 5 parts per million.
In addition to being gluten free, all Sunshine Burgers are free of: soy, corn, oats, dairy, eggs, treenuts and peanuts.Gluten Free Resources:
Learn more about the gluten-free diet and Celiac disease at Celiac.com