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Meet a Supporting Retailer!

Friday, June 27th, 2014

NorthCoastCoop_Arcata_CA_13.141811Across North America, retailers that sell Non-GMO Project Verified products are playing a huge role in the non-GMO movement.

Teaming up with retailers that support the mission of the Non-GMO Project is central to the work we do. Once products earn Non-GMO Project Verification, we work to make sure shoppers know what the seal means and why choosing non-GMO is important. Small independent natural food retailers and co-ops helped found the Non-GMO Project. Nowadays, all types of retailers—independents, co-ops and conventional grocers—are bringing non-GMO choices to their customers. Here we will highlight some of the awesome stores we love to partner with through our Supporting Retailer Program and our annual October event, Non-GMO Month!

Spotlight for June is on:

North Coast Co-op

Since 1973, the North Coast Co-op has been a member-owned food cooperative with two full-service grocery stores in Arcata and Eureka, CA. They operate a production bakery and deli using healthul, local and organic ingredients whenever possible.

With all of North Coast’s active involvement, from store policy to community outreach, we felt compelled to share their non-GMO story.

What inspires the team at North Coast Co-op?

“We recognize that our members are concerned about the potential negative health and environmental effects of GMOs.

Our members expect to find products without GMOs and we are endeavoring to meet that expectation. In addition, we feel we can strongly influence vendors and regulatory agencies to label GMOs if we band together with other co‐ops.”

What inspires us about North Coast Co-op?

North Coast has demonstrated their commitment to GMO alternatives through the products they sell and their creative outreach during Non-GMO Month and beyond.

As their policy states, “We are no longer knowingly accepting NEW non‐organic products that include GMO high‐risk items in their ingredient list, unless they are verified by The Non‐GMO Project.”  North Coast does not stop there, they are also working to ensure that all Co‐op private label products—not just new products—are free from high risk ingredients.

Read the store’s GMO policy!

The folks at North Coast also make their non-GMO efforts look fun. Not only did they inspire us with thier winning endcap design in 2013, they produced seven radio ads to share their non-GMO message during the run-up to October’s Non-GMO Month.  They call out Non-GMO Project verified products on their shelves, as well as in their sales flyer. They even promote their Non-GMO Month participation on thier register screens and newspaper ads.

North Coast sets a shining example for co-ops to demonstrate responsibilty in their product sourcing, and they help customers make informed decisions. Many thanks for all their hard work!

Up next month: Dean’s Natural Market

11 Tips for Non-GMO Summer Skin Care

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

As BBQs, swimming, gardening and recreational adventures ramp up for the summer season, consider what this extra outdoor time means for the largest organ of the human body—your skin! Since warm weather is right around the corner for much of the country, the Non-GMO Project has reached out to the skin experts for ideas on how to keep your skin in love with summer. Companies of Non-GMO Project Verified skin products share some of their favorite tips to having the healthiest, happiest and non-GMO summer skin possible.


Raw Elements

Apply Enough Sunscreen and Reapply Often 

In order for sunscreen to be effective as advertised, the correct amount must be applied.  Approximately a teaspoon size amount is needed to adequately protect the face, ears and neck. Using less than the correct amount drastically reduces the sunscreen’s ability to protect the skin and the SPF claim will not be met. It is imperative to reapply sunscreen often, at least every 80 minutes during long periods of sun exposure. It is wise to reapply after any water exposure, sweating or towel drying. Applying and reapplying often will give the sunscreen the best chance to perform effectively.

Choose Broad Spectrum Zinc Oxide Protection 

Donʼt let the term ʻBroad Spectrumʼ on the label make the sale for you; look deeper. Zinc Oxide is the only ingredient that physically blocks the entire range of UVA & UVB. Zinc Oxide sits on top of skin and is not absorbed like other ingredients. It is also not a skin irritant. Look for Zinc Oxide percentages to be over 18% and the only active ingredient.

Dr. Bronner’s

Discover Coconut Oil’s Many Talents 

Coconut oil is more than a tasty cooking ingredient. It’s also good for makeup removal—especially around the eyes where skin is the most delicate—and replenishing skin cells in the epidermis. As an added bonus, it also helps battle wrinkles!

Andalou Naturals

Love the Shade

It’s important to limit direct sun exposure, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM, when the sun’s rays are strongest. Even on an overcast day, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can penetrate through cloud cover. For best protection and comfort it’s best to stay in the shade.

Get an Undercover Agent

Wear clothes that protect your body. If you plan on being outside on a sunny day, cover as much of your body as possible. Wear a hat. Consider using an umbrella for shade. And don’t forget to protect your eyes with quality sunglasses that offer maximum UV protection.

Defend the Skin You’re In

Sun exposure is the primary cause of skin damage and premature aging caused by weakened, damaged cells, described as free radicals. To help defend your skin against damaging free-radicals and premature aging, we recommend our antioxidant-rich Daily Defense SPF 18 and BB Beauty Balms with SPF 30. Better than ordinary facial sunscreens, Andalou Naturals facial sunscreens with Fruit Stem Cell Science act like supplements for your skin, working inside and out.

Renew, Repair, Regenerate!

Antioxidants are nature’s secret weapon against premature aging caused by sun damage. Antioxidants effectively neutralize free radicals by donating one of their own electrons to mend and stabilize the weakened, damaged cells. These stable antioxidant nutrients act as scavengers, helping to prevent and reverse cellular tissue damage. Fruit Stem Cell Science is a highly concentrated and effective dermal delivery for cell-saving antioxidants.

HANA Organic Skincare

Get a Good Tone! 

Toners work to rehydrate dry, dull summer skin and restore your skin’s natural pH level. Spritz our Gentle Toner onto your face and neck to refresh and invigorate, after cleansing or taking a dip in the ocean!

Hydration for Health 

Drink water! Our bodies need water to thrive, and our skin needs water to keep it hydrated, supple, and full of nutrients. Four to six glasses a day, especially with the summer heat, and your skin will thank you!


Make Friends with Shea Butter

Unrefined Shea butter is one of your skin’s best friends. In recent clinical trials, Shea Butter was found to help to protect skin against climate and UV aggressions, prevent wrinkle formation, soothe irritated and chapped skin, and moisturize the epidermis. Shea Butter also enhances cell regeneration and capillary circulation, which helps prevent and minimize stretch marks, inflammations, and scarring. For direct application to the skin, take a small amount in the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together to warm up the butter until it is smooth and liquid. Then, apply to your skin. If you are concerned about an oily feeling, use only a small amount or apply the Shea Butter before going to bed. Shea Butter absorbs quickly into the skin, but there will be a few minutes that it feels oily.

Cook with Red Palm Oil

Its common knowledge that one of the most important things you can do for your hair and skin is eat a healthy diet and drink sufficient amounts of water. The hair specifically requires fat soluble vitamins A & E to nourish the roots and scalp. Red Palm Oil is not only very high in vitamin E, but also in beta carotene. When consumed, beta carotene is converted by the body into vitamin A. One tablespoon of Alaffia’s Non-GMO Project Verified Red Palm contains 170% of the daily value for vitamin A!

Welcome Heather!

Friday, May 16th, 2014

h_jan1Heather grew up traveling all over the world, though she considers her home to be the Pacific Northwest region. As a result of that global education she has a tireless interest in global issues of resource access and education and how individuals and institutions can change to create better opportunities for everyone. The other result of family travels is a passion for recreating traditional meals from everywhere.

As a natural extension of her love of food and culture, Heather developed her science background into a deep and critical interest in farms and transportation. That interest turned into multiple long term projects involving practical solutions to local farm supply chains, pesticides and pollinators, educating consumer choices, and petro-politics at the grassroots.

She recently relocated to Bellingham with her daughter, and she is excited to get out and talk with farmers across Whatcom County about what they are growing and experiencing.

1. What interests you about working with the Non-GMO Project/what about this opportunity caught your attention?

I made a conscious decision many years ago to work in the non- and not-for-profit arena because I have seen and experienced such a tremendous need for organizations dedicated to social and environmental change. I was familiar with the Non-GMO Project from its outset, and used the Standard in my own work as a local food and farms advocate and grocery retailer. To have the opportunity to join in with such a dedicated group of people doing necessary work is, for me, a dream come true.

Being involved with an organization that can help change market forces and large scale behaviors is exciting and engaging on many, many levels. To be able to “do good” beyond my local area as well as satisfy my native curiosity and professional interests is nothing but lovely.


2. How do you think your prior experience will help you in working with the Non-GMO Project?

I have a tremendously varied background. That said, it is not just that I am familiar with a broad set of disciplines, I also have a fairly in depth understanding across those disciplines. It is often hard to explain what an information professional, aka librarian, with an interdisciplinary focus does! I have a background in the sciences, a real interest in what certification systems are capable of in a variety of settings, and a deep commitment to collaborative project development. More than any of this, however, I am just a passionate activist who is driven to adding my academic and experiential background towards social empowerment. Food and farming issues – especially when you add the technology of genetic modification – are nothing if not opportunities for economic, political, legal, and educational change.


3. What is important to you about the work you will be doing with the Project?

I have primarily worked at a more local scale, though my understanding and studies have certainly covered larger interactions. I consider the Project to be fundamentally important to many interrelated issues. The intersection of technology, corporate control, farm and food supply, and market behavior is not a place to act with blind trust; especially given the nature and history of all of these areas. Being able to work on feasible, productive interactions that drive awareness and change in our food systems is critical work, and I could not be more excited to be able to contribute.

Non-GMO Challenge 2014 Wrap Up

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Thanks to everyone for participating in the 2014 Non-GMO Challenge! This year was full of buzz and we saw record engagement.

We received so many good entries this year that it was hard to choose between all of them, and it is clear consumers want and are making change in their communities. Check out the entire gallery of photos!

We want to warmly thank all the brands that donated products for the Dreambox giveways (see full list at bottom). The product contributions were incredible and helped raise and reward consumer engagement. Thank you!

Non-GMO Challenge in Numbers

  • Our website received almost 700,000 views during the month of April, with more than 75% of those visits being new to our site.
  • A total of 2 million+ Facebook impressions were reached during the month of April, with the winner announcements being some of the most liked posts.
  • Nearly 200 photos were submitted to the Non-GMO Challenge gallery. See the full gallery! 
  • Six Dreambox prizes were awarded—one each week, plus two bonus prizes. The photos of the prizes alone saw a Facebook reach of over 165,000!

Congratulations again to our winners:

Week 1: Kayce
Week 2: Valentina
Week 3: Gabriel & Robin (2 winners!)
Week 4: Lisa & Lindsay (2 winners!)

Some of our honorable mentions:

NGC 2014 Wrap Up graphic


~The Non-GMO Project Team

Full list of contributing brands:

A. Vogel
Barbara’s Bakery
Celtic Sea Salt
Cherry Man
Crispy Green
Earth Mama Angel Baby Organics
The Essential Baking Company
Glee Gum
Go Organic Hard Candies
Guayaki Yerba Mate
Harvest Bay
High Country Kombucha
Living Harvest Tempt
Lotus Foods
Mediterranean Organic
Mt. Vikos
Natural Sea
Natural Vitality
New Chapter
Old Wessex Ltd.
Peace Cereal
Popcorn Indiana
Seabuck Wonders
Simple Squares
Surf Sweets
Sweet Home Farm
Trujoy Sweets
Urban Accents
Uncle Sam
Willamette Valley Gourmet Granola

Happy Planting: Grow a Non-GMO Garden!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Happy Earth Day!

One of the most rewarding ways to eat non-GMO and the best way to know exactly where your food comes from is to grow your own food. Many of us here at the Non-GMO Project are avid gardeners, from large permaculture homesteads to square foot gardens in tiny yards in town to sprouting seeds on our kitchen counters! Keep reading for tips from us about how to grow your own non-GMO garden.

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1. First things first: know your GMO-risk crops. Review a complete list of all commercially-available GMO crops on our website. Sweet corn, zucchini, yellow summer squash, beets and alfalfa (for sprouts or hay) are the ones most likely to turn up in your garden. Hybrids and heirloom plants are not GMOs, so you don’t have to worry about those unusually striped tomatoes or those purple carrots!

2. A good garden starts with good seeds. While there is no seed company at this time with a completely Non-GMO Project Verified line of seeds, we highly recommend High Mowing Seeds. They are actively working on Verifying their seeds; they have exacting standards for traceability and segregation; and they have a very strong non-GMO commitment. Plus, they are family-owned! You can see the company’s full list of Verified seeds in our product listing. A few other seed companies have strong non-GMO commitments, including: Baker Creek, Seed Savers, and Uprising Seeds.

It’s important to make sure our seeds are not GMO, but the next step is to ensure they are not bought from a company involved in genetic engineering. For instance, many seed companies are either owned by Monsanto or purchase seeds from companies owned by Monsanto and other biotech companies. For you gardeners who may also be interested in making this level of commitment, check out Who Owns Your Seed or Catalog Company , and refer to this handy chart showing seed industry structure (unfortunately, biotech companies own a lot of seed companies!). There is also a handy listing of seed companies who have taken the “Safe Seed Pledge.” It is important we support seed companies that are committed to the principles of preserving a safer and healthier food supply for future generations.

3. When buying starts, look for organic and ask your nursery about GMOs. For starts or larger plants, we recommend choosing an organic nursery and asking the staff where the seeds come from. If you read up on the list of high-risk plants and avoid them or make sure they came from non-GMO starts, then you should be good to go.

4. Choose organic compost and soil. What you grow your plants in makes a difference! If you are careful to avoid chemicals in your garden, make sure you aren’t unknowingly planting in chemically contaminated soil. If you buy soils, choose organic and talk with your retailer about where it comes from. This will help you know exactly what you are–and aren’t–getting.

5. Talk to your local organic nursery. For help finding additives you may need, such as natural fertilizer or help with pest problems, employees at your local nursery are expert resources about your climate, which varietals to select, how to handle pests, and able to provide other great advice for your garden.


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Isabel: As a child, my mother showed my sister and me how to care for plants. We loved eating cherry tomatoes and sugar snap peas right off the vine. Now, my whole backyard is a large organic garden where my family and I spend hours weeding, planting, watering, slug-hunting and, best of all, eating all summer long! Dede: I began gardening in the 70’s when my daughter was born. The best way for me to ensure I was getting the freshest, healthiest food not laden with pesticides or chemical fertilizers was to grow my own whenever possible. I have been gardening now for more than 25 years. 
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Courtney and Megan: Away from the office, we are both passionate about growing and preparing wholesome, delicious food. On our respective homesteads in Northwest Washington State, we grow as much of our own food as possible. Vegetables from organic seeds and eggs from our chickens—raised on Non-GMO Project Verified feed—are staples in our diets, as are simple ingredients from our local farmers’ markets and co-op.


You may already realize how critical a non-GMO diet is to the health of our planet—if so, good for you! Or you may be new to this issue and just starting to learn about all of the ways that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) threaten our soil, water, animals, insects and ecosystem at large. Either way, here at the Non-GMO Project, we want to help you deepen your commitment to a non-GMO future. That’s why we created the Non-GMO Challenge for Earth Month. The Challenge is an action-oriented platform that offers education, inspiration and rewards for choosing non-GMO, whether it’s for one meal or for the entire month. Over the next few days we’ll be sharing some of the ways that Non-GMO Project staff are stepping up for the Non-GMO Challenge. We hope you’ll join us!

Celebrate Spring with Seasonal Gifts and Recipes!

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Spring has sprung and there are so many seasonal holidays to celebrate! What could be better than non-GMO gift baskets showcasing the season? For a perfect seasonal gift for family and friends, try filling a festive basket with Non-GMO Project Verified products, like this:


Non-GMO Easter Basket for Kids

Make a child smile with some sweet treats and fun activities.


Non-GMO Easter Basket for Grown Ups

Treat your favorite grown up to a festive, spring basket too!
















Try out this recipe from our Non-GMO Cookbook. The spinach in these cookies gives them a beautiful green tint and a much healthier moistness than an oil, yet the only flavor is strawberry goodness! They are gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free.


Strawberry Green Thumbprint Cookies


...excerpted from our Non-GMO Cookbook. Order your copy!

Makes 24 cookies

3 tablespoons sunflower oil
¼ cup almond butter
¼ cup agave nectar
3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1 cup almond flour
⅓ cup rice flour
¾ cup chopped spinach (measure after chopped)
⅓ cup turbinado, or other unrefined sugar
¾ cup coarsely chopped raw almonds
2 tablespoons tapioca starch
½ teaspoon sea salt
¾ teaspoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup strawberry preserves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, mix sunflower oil, almond butter, agave nectar, almond milk and vanilla extract. Add flax seed and let sit for a couple of minutes. Then combine dry ingredients (almond flour, rice flour, chopped spinach, turbinado, almonds, tapioca starch, sea salt, baking powder and baking soda) with wet ingredients. Mix until fully incorporated.

Use a tablespoon or mini ice-cream scoop to portion out 24 cookies evenly onto a Silpat or parchment paper. Bake for 8 minutes. Press center of each cookie down to make the “thumbprint,” and then fill with strawberry preserves. Bake for another 4 minutes until starting to brown. Remove from oven and cool until firm.

Kitchen Sprouting with High Mowing Seeds

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

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Sprouting seeds for eating and cooking is all the rage these days. While seeds evolved to resist digestion by animals, the sprouting process unlocks nutrients and makes the plant proteins, fatty acids and vitamins bioavailable by turning off the enzyme blockers seeds have for protection. Tom Stearns, owner and founder of High Mowing Seeds, spoke with the Non-GMO Project about sprouting and the amazing work that he and his team are doing. High Mowing Seeds is a small but growing (pun intended!) company specializing in organic and heirloom seeds.


About High Mowing Seeds

Tom on seed saving workshop tour

High Mowing Organic Seeds began in 1996 with just 28 plant varieties. After tilling up a portion of his backyard and turning his shed into a seed packing area, founder Tom Stearns had no trouble selling the seed he grew that first year. Suddenly, what had started as a hobby became a practical business pursuit as Tom realized the growing and unmet demand for organic seed.  This demand allowed Tom to expand the business beyond his backyard, renting parcels of land to produce the seed he was selling through a handmade catalog.  By 2001, business had grown to such an extent that Tom began to contract with other local farms to grow seed, in addition to continuing to produce seed himself on High Mowing’s own 5 acres.

High Mowing Organic Seeds has grown exponentially, and what started as a one-man operation is now a thriving business making available to home gardeners and commercial growers over 600 heirloom, open-pollinated and hybrid varieties of vegetable, fruit, herb and flower seeds. True to our roots, High Mowing Organic Seeds continues to grow many of the varieties we sell on our 40 acre farm, setting us apart from the majority of other seed companies. –High Mowing Seeds

The Safe Seed Pledge

The Safe Seed Pledge was created in 1999 when High Mowing Organic Seeds guided a coalition of nine other seed companies in drafting a statement about the signers’ stance on genetic engineering. Over 70 companies have signed the pledge, ranging from large seed companies to family-owned businesses such as High Mowing Seeds. In signing the Safe Seed Pledge, High Mowing affirmed their commitment to non-GMO seed.

Sprouting: A great DIY project for families!

Annabelle - growing sprouts (2)The Non-GMO Project is very excited to announce that High Mowing has worked very hard over the last few years to get all of their sprouting seeds Non-GMO Project Verified! According to High Mowing, “Fresh homegrown sprouts are a delicious, healthy, easy-to-grow crop that can be produced indoors all year round. Growing sprouts does not require any special expertise and almost no special equipment (not even soil!), and they can be grown where space is very limited. Those interested in eating a ‘localvore’ diet may find sprouts appealing because they can help reduce the need for imported fresh produce after the growing season ends in cold northern climates. They are a fun crop to grow with kids, since the short time between germination and harvest helps keep kids interested in the process. They can provide an array of vitamins and minerals, are live, raw, and vegan, naturally low in fat, and always cholesterol free. A number of studies have been conducted in recent years on the possible health benefits of this nutrient-dense food, with particular interest in broccoli sprouts.”

You can grow sprouts easily in your kitchen in jars, trays, or woven bags. All the details and instructions are on the High Mowing website here.


Watch a “how-to” video by High Mowing Seeds here:

Sandwich Booster Sprouts Mix Bag

To learn more about sprouting, check out:

To find all Non-GMO Project Verified products, please see our listing of over 16,500 products here!


Are you ready for the Non-GMO Challenge?

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

ChallengeLogo72dpiRGB-300x289Celebrate Earth Month in April by taking part in the Non-GMO Challenge! The Non-GMO Challenge is your opportunity to make a meaningful non-GMO commitment. For some people this may be a non-GMO meal once a week, for others it could striving to eat non-GMO the entire month of April. Whatever your commitment the Non-GMO Project will support your endeavors with tips and recipes throughout the month of April.

Encourage and inspire others by posting a picture of you, your children, or pets, with a sign sharing your non-GMO commitment. Due to the volume of submissions we only post pictures that include people and/or animals. Each week we will choose one submission to win a Non-GMO Dreambox delivered to your home. The Dreambox is filled with delicious Non-GMO Project Verified food, treats and skin care products! Winners will be chosen based on creativity and quality of photo. Each week’s winner will be announced on our Facebook page on Monday of the following week. All types of non-GMO commitments are eligible to win.

Submit your photo here and browse other submissions here!

The first 100 submissions will receive a magnet helping you keep GMOs out of your fridge! Here’s what it looks like:


Welcome, Kara!

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

kara_swansonWe are pleased to welcome Kara Swanson to our growing team in the position of Office Manager. Kara’s experience offers much needed support for our entire staff, and we’re thrilled to have her onboard as employee number 10!

Kara was born in Coos Bay, Oregon and recalls fond childhood memories living on their family hobby farm raising chickens, goats, pigs, one small cow named Ferdinand, two cats and their Border Collie dog, Katie.  After her father was offered a job in Vancouver, B.C. her family uprooted and moved to Canada where she was raised in the lower mainland of Vancouver suburbs for 21 years. She moved back to the U.S. in 2004.

Outside the office, Kara enjoys being in nature—whether the time is spent hiking, swimming, strolling on the beach or riding her mountain bike. Spending quality time with her two energetic children also tops the list.

Below is a Q&A to help you get to know Kara.

What interests you about working with the Non-GMO Project — what about this opportunity caught your attention?

I have always had a fondness for nature and animals, and I am passionate about health and wellness in general. Being a mother of two young children, I want to know what is in the food I’m eating and feeding my family. I want to protect my children from any potential health risks, and this drives my support of the Non-GMO Project and its mission.

How do you think your prior experience will help you in working with the Non-GMO Project?

My 15+ years in the administrative field will provide the Project team valuable computer, organizational and communications skills.  Some of my responsibilities in my previous job at Comfort Institute included coordinating events with our executive staff; it sounds like that skill will translate nicely as I help juggle the busy schedules of Project staff!

Research is critical to the mission of the Non-GMO Project, and I’m eager to utilize my aptitude in asking questions, digging for answers and compiling data. I look forward to putting my background knowledge and qualifications toward this vital organization that aligns so well with my personal values.

What is important to you about the work you will be doing with the Project?

It’s important to me that I support my fellow team as we work toward providing consumers informed choices. Being committed to the Non-GMO Project’s vision, I am very excited for the opportunity to create incredible change in our society as a whole.

Tips for Eating Non-GMO from Leading Food Experts and Activists

Monday, February 10th, 2014

With more than 15,000 products Non-GMO Project Verified, it is now easier than ever to eat non-GMO. However, as we all know, keeping our diets clean and healthy takes commitment, particularly when we are are juggling all of the demands of everyday life. We asked leading food experts and activists, many of whom are the busiest people we know, what that they do to keep GMOs out of the meals they eat and feed their loved ones.  Hopefully, you will be as inspired as we were by their answers.

“We keep GMOs out by simply doing one thing: eat less fake food. GMOs sneak into all of the processed stuff. By doing that one thing, eating real food instead of fake food made out of ingredients designed in a laboratory meant to simulate food, you can go a long way to protecting your family from these ingredients now regulated by the EPA as a pesticide. So what to sub in instead? We love dried fruits, dried mangoes, cranberries and nuts. We also keep clementines on hand and a load of bananas. Kids tend to crash after school, so the fruit gives them a quick hit as you get them ready for your next activity.”

- Robyn O’Brien, Founder,

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Ocean Robbins “I keep GMOs out of our family’s fridge by reading labels. The first thing I look for is a USDA Organic or Non-GMO Project certified logo. If I don’t see that, then I make sure there is no corn, soy, Canola, ‘vegetable oil’, or sugar that isn’t from cane. It takes a bit of doing, but I only have to vet a product once, and then once I decide something is okay, I can buy it regularly and only re-screen every few months.”

- Ocean Robbins, CEO, The Food Revolution Network, and co-author of Voices of the Food Revolution. Connect with his work at


“I keep GMOs out of my body by eating organic ‘real’ food!”

- Elizabeth Kucinich, Director of Policy at the Center for Food Safety, organic ag advocate & champion for animals and the environment.

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Dr. Mercola “One way you can be sure keep GMOs off your dinner table is to stop eating processed foods. This will avoid nearly all GMOs along with a variety of other dangerous ingredients. Better yet, grow your own food, or join a Community Service Agriculture program. It has many rewards, from providing you with fresher, uncontaminated produce and cutting your grocery bill, to increasing your sense of well-being and slashing your risk of suffering from disease. My primary meal of the day typically consists of about half a pound of home grown organic sunflower sprouts, four ounces of homemade fermented vegetables, half of a large organic red pepper, several tablespoons of raw organic butter from a local farmer, some red onion, a whole avocado and about three ounces of wild Alaskan salmon or organic, pastured chicken. No GMOs on my plate.”

- Dr. Joseph Mercola, Founder,, most visited natural health site.


“Genetically engineered corn, soy and canola oil are the cheapest for restaurants to purchase. When I eat out, I always ask the server what kind of oils are used in the restaurant – this is where GMOs are hidden in almost everything from salad dressings to soups to pan or deep fried items. If there is a possible GMO ingredient being used, I’ll ask for my dish to be prepared dry or with pure olive oil or coconut oil if they have it.”

- Vani Hari, known as the Food Babe, is an activist committed to changing the food system. Her successful writings and consultation has resulted in getting Chipotle to disclose their full ingredient list online, removing TBHQ and artificial food dyes in Chick-fil-A menu items and getting Kraft to start removing artificial food dyes from their Mac & Cheese.

Vani Hari


Max Goldberg “For me, it is pretty basic. In order to eat non-GMO, I always look for USDA certified organic products because GMOs are prohibited in organic. And if I can find products that are both USDA certified organic and Non-GMO Project Verified, those are the ones that I will always choose first. Having both certifications gives me assurance that I am eating the cleanest and safest food available.”

- Max Goldberg, Founder of Living Maxwell, one of the most widely read organic food bloggers in the country. He is also the founder of, the world’s first pressed organic juice directory.


“I try to eat organic, and avoid processed food.”

- Frances Moore Lappé, author of 18 books including the three-million copy Diet for a Small Planet. She is the co-founder of three national organizations that explore the roots of hunger, poverty and environmental crises, as well as solutions now emerging worldwide through what she calls Living Democracy. Her most recent book is EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want



Ashley Koff “As a Qualitarian, I aim to make better quality nutrition choices as I recognize quality as key to optimal health. I keep GMOs out of my diet daily by only choosing to supplement by food with Non-GMO Project Verified supplements.”

- Ashley Koff RD, founder The AKA (Ashley Koff Approved) List


“Most processed foods in the supermarket today contain genetically engineered ingredients, though you wouldn’t know it from their labels, so I find one of the most effective ways to keep GMOs out of my family’s diet is to cook and serve whole foods as much as possible, choosing local and organic when I can.

“- Anna Lappé, founder, Small Planet Institute and the Small Planet Fund. She is currently the head of the Real Food Media Project, a new initiative to spread the story of the power of sustainable food using creative movies, an online action center, and grassroots events.

Anna Lappe