The pace is quickening here at the Non-GMO Project. With a 50 percent increase in the number of enrollments during the last quarter of 2012, the Product Verification Program was in need of extra help. Isaac will be working alongside Dedrian Clark to answer all of your questions about the Product Verification Program and build up the non-GMO food supply.
What interests you about working with the Non-GMO Project — what about this opportunity caught your attention?
After working as a reporter for four years, I was looking for an opportunity to put my environmental ethic to work and advocate for an important cause. While researching the Non-GMO Project, I was surprised to learn that it is the only third party verifier of non-GMO products in North America. I am excited to join the movement to uphold the sanctity of seeds and the food that comes from those seeds.
How do you think your prior experience will help you in working with the Non-GMO project?
My first “real” full-time job was working as a business reporter. (Do snowboard instructor or camp counselor count as real jobs?) Being a reporter is hard work; I was constantly researching trends, interviewing people in person and on the phone, and writing as fast as I could to meet deadlines. I also got to connect with a lot of very interesting business people — from local farmers to small business owners to corporate CEOs — and learn about what makes their businesses unique. I understand a lot of the pressures business people face and I hope that I will be able to help guide clients through the product verification process.
What is important to you about the work you will be doing with the Project?
Food is life. It’s that simple. Each seed has the potential to become a living organism, and in turn enrich the life of another living organism. I feel that modern life sometimes separates us from this most basic connection to our food, but that is slowly changing. I’m proud to support efforts such as community supported agriculture and the Non-GMO Project that inform people about their food and build positive connections to their food supply.