Category: Blog

Welcome Erin!

The Non-GMO Project is excited to welcome Erin Matchett to the team, as the new Marketing and Communications Assistant. Erin is a California native whose love of the outdoors brought her to the Pacific Northwest. Erin is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara with a BA in Communication and a minor in American History. She also holds a Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School and is admitted to the State Bar of California. Erin’s legal studies took her to London, Italy and Hawaii, and she strives t... Read more

Welcome Andriana!

We at the Non-GMO Project are pleased to welcome Andriana Rogers to our Marketing and Communications department as Digital Content Assistant. With a bachelor’s degree from CU Boulder focusing on environmental and social justice, Andriana has long been dedicated to ensuring a safe and sustainable food supply. Her student work experience includes the CU Environmental Center and the non-profit Eco-Cycle, along with volunteer positions focusing on everything from food rescue to free speech. The... Read more

Welcome Heather!

The Non-GMO Project is pleased to welcome Heather Walker as the new Client Services Assistant! Heather recently earned her Masters in Development Studies from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, where as part of her studies she researched the motivations of Indonesian coffee cooperatives to become fair trade certified and their early experience as a fair trade partner. Previously, as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, she lived in a rural farming community and worked with women’s ... Read more

Welcome Kiira!

The Non-GMO Project is excited to welcome Kiira Heymann to the team as Client Services Assistant! Kiira moved to Bellingham in 2011 to pursue her M.Ed. at Western Washington University where she focused on experiential education and non-profit leadership and management. She recieved her B.A. in English and Environmental Studies from Colby College, and has traveled for work as a teacher, backpacking guide and farm apprentice in both the U.S. and abroad. Most recently she has served on the faculty... Read more

Celebrate Non-GMO Month!

When we launched the first Non-GMO Month in October 2010, our intention was to start an annual month-long celebration to educate the public and spotlight Non-GMO Project Verified choices on shelves. Now in its seventh year, Non-GMO Month has more than quadrupled in size. Nearly 2,400 retailers have registered in 2016 to support the Non-GMO Project’s mission of preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers and providing verified non-GMO choices. Thousands of br... Read more

Flawed GMO Labeling Bill Signed into Federal Law

By Non-GMO Project Executive Director Megan Westgate. -- On July 29th, 2016, a historically discriminatory and fatally flawed mandatory GMO labeling bill was signed into federal law in the United States. The legislation, dubbed by opponents as “the DARK Act” originated from a motivation to preempt states’ ability to require meaningful GMO labeling. Below are our answers to common industry questions about the new legislation and its relationship to the Non-GMO Project. You... Read more

FSIS Announces Guidance on non-GMO Meat and Poultry Products

The Non-GMO Project seal has been compliant with FSIS standards since June 2013. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced new compliance guidance on “how companies can make label or labeling claims concerning the fact that bioengineered or genetically modified (GM) ingredients or animal feed were not used in the production of meat, poultry, or egg products.” For brands seeking the Butterfly seal or those who already have Verified products, this new guida... Read more

Dannon’s Non-GMO Commitment

  Dannon press briefing (L to R): Gary Hirshberg (Chairman, Just Label It),  Megan Westgate (Executive Director, Non-GMO Project), Alisa Gravitz (President and CEO, Green America), Mariano Lozano (CEO, Dannon) By Joyce de Brevannes, Marketing and Communications Director In a move towards full transparency, Danone President Mariano Lozano announced that their flagship brands – Oikos, Dannon and Danimals – will be Non-GMO Project Verified. These three brands represent 50% o... Read more

Welcome Toyo!

The Non-GMO Project is excited to welcome Toyo Garber to the team, as the new Public Relations Assistant. Toyo is a Western Washington University graduate with a BA in Marketing, and minors in Spanish and Viola Performance. Her work background includes experience with companies in the seafood and healthy snack industries. She feels fortunate to have grown up with parents who understood the importance of healthy food; and as an avid cook, she appreciates knowing where her ingredients come from... Read more

Welcome Patricia!

Patricia DeChristopher followed her passion for food sustainability and transparency to join the Non-GMO Project as our Director of Standards and Licensing. After beginning her career in chemical engineering, she spent ten years specializing in water law, where—like the food industry—science, policy and law intersect. After working with the non-profit, government, and private sectors, Patricia brings her experience working with diverse stakeholders to build consensus around highly technical ... Read more