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Hammons® Black Walnuts Earn Non-­GMO Project Verification

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Hammons_logo_2014_Wild Nuts Safe From Genetically Modified Organisms

Stockton, Mo. Some things should never change. In an age of further processed foods, American Black Walnuts continue to be wild, all-­natural, and unchanged. In fact, they’ve grown the same way since the earliest days of Native Americans.

That’s why the Non-­GMO Project has verified Hammons Black Walnuts as being produced in compliance with Non-­GMO Project standard. As one of the fastest-­growing labels in the natural food sector, the Non-­GMO Project Verification seal gives the public an opportunity to make an informed choice when it comes to GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). The vast majority American Black Walnuts are processed and distributed by Hammons Products Company, so you’re assured of quality and safety-­even with Black Walnuts marketed under a different brand name.

“We have always focused on providing safe, quality Black Walnut products,” says Jacob Basecke, Sales Manager at Hammons Products Company. “Receiving the Non-­GMO Project Verification is an important step for us to validate our efforts and inform consumers of their choices.”

Today’s consumers who are concerned about additives in foods can feel good about Black Walnuts. The nuts grow wild in fields and pastures across the Midwest, and are hand-­harvested by locals. The 100% natural, earthy goodness is free from chemicals, pesticides, or mass commercial orchards.

The result: A bold, wild taste that refuses to be tamed. Black Walnuts are a popular ingredient, adding a rich, earthy flavor to a variety of baked goods, main entrees, side dishes and ice cream. The versatile nut also boasts significant nutritional value, including the highest protein content of any tree nut (8 grams per serving).

For Information Contact:

Susan Zartman, Director of Marketing

Jacob Basecke, Sales Manager

Santa Teresa Quince Paste Now Non-GMO Project Verified

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Catalan GourtmetSanta Teresa Organic Quince Paste has obtained Non-GMO Project Verified status. Catalan Gourmet is the sole importer that carries this delicious quince paste from Santa Teresa. Santa Teresa selects the best Quince fruit from several trusted farmers in Spain. The paste is made in Spain and has a sweet and natural fruity flavor.  It is rich in minerals, fiber and potassium.  No additives or preservatives are used.  This extraordinary quince paste is made only with fresh fruit, unlike others that are made of canned or frozen fruit. It is ideal for meat plates and recipes that call for something sweet. It is excellent for confectionary use.  At high temperatures it browns and caramelizes. Quince paste (membrillo) is paired magnificently with foie and cheese plates.

“We have done extensive research about quince paste. We came to the conclusion that for shoppers looking for a quince paste that is certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher and Gluten Free the Santa Teresa’s brand is the select choice.”  – Said Karina Mino, Director of Sales and Marketing at Bonjalar USA, Inc.

 About the Quince Paste

Since ancient times, quinces have been cultivated in Spain and considered a symbol of love and fertility. In Greek history, it was the custom of the bride to eat a quince on her wedding night in order to give respect to the gods of fertility. Greek mythology states the effectiveness of the quince’s properties against poisonings and evil acts.

 About Catalan Gourmet

Catalan Gourmet imports specialty food from Spain and beyond, focusing on quality, authenticity, sustainability, organic and Non-GMO Project Verified. Catalan Gourmet is the Importer of Vichy & many other iconic foods, like Santa Teresa quince paste. If you would like to learn more about Catalan Gourmet and its delicious Quince Paste from Santa Teresa kindly email or call +1 646-719-0061.


Monday, December 22nd, 2014

TRoT Leading Purv logo69 teas and counting receive verification from the Non-GMO Project

NOVATO, CALIF., (November 2014) – The Republic of Tea, leading purveyor of premium teas, is pleased to announce that it now offers one of the largest selection of Non-GMO Project Verified premium teas and herbs nationwide. Currently, the brand holds verification for 69 premium teas and herbs – a remarkable achievement among premium tea brands in the industry.

“We’re excited to be working with such dedicated brands as The Republic of Tea,” said Megan Westgate, Director of the Non-GMO Project. “Brands that show this level of non-GMO commitment are assuring their customers that their products are produced using industry best practices to avoid GMOs.”

The Non-GMO Project, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, offers North America’s only third party verification and labeling for non-GMO (genetically modified organism) food and products. The following non-GMO teas join the list of 69 premium teas and herbs from The Republic of Tea already Verified, many of which have been part of The Republic of Tea’s collection since the founding of the company in 1992*:

Full-Leaf Loose Teas

  • Coconut Pu-erh Full-Leaf Black Tea
  • Biodynamic Darjeeling Full-Leaf
  • Tea of Inquiry Full-Leaf
  • Organic Matchia
  • British Breakfast Full-Leaf

Tea Bag Teas

  • Decaf Earl Greyer Tea Bags
  • Organic Elderberry Red Tea Bags
  • Tea of Inquiry Tea Bags
  • Lemon Lime Iced Tea Large Pouches
  • Biodynamic Organic Heirloom Chamomile Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Organic Darjeeling Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Organic Breakfast Green Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Organic Holiday Chai Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Organic Ginger Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Organic Turmeric Cinnamon Tea Bags
  • HiCAF® Teas Breakfast Black Tea Bags
  • Organic Peppermint Bark Tea Bags
  • Dandelion SuperHerb Tea Bags

The Republic of Tea’s current and complete collection of Non-GMO Project Verified Teas are:

Full-Leaf Loose Teas

  • All Day Breakfast Full-Leaf Loose Black Tea *
  • Big Green Hojicha Full-Leaf Loose Green Tea*
  • Biodynamic Organic Darjeeling Full-Leaf
  • British Breakfast Full-Leaf Black Tea
  • Coconut Pu-erh Full-Leaf Black Tea
  • Dragon Well Full-Leaf Loose Green Tea*
  • Earl Greyer Full-Leaf Loose Black Tea
  • Ginseng Peppermint Full-Leaf Loose Herb Tea
  • Golden Yunnan Full-Leaf Loose Black Tea
  • Jasmine Jazz Full-Leaf Green Tea*
  • Jasmine Pearls Full-Leaf Loose Green Tea
  • Keemun 1110 Full-Leaf Loose Black Tea
  • Korean Woojeon Full-Leaf Loose Green Tea
  • Lapsang Souchong Full-Leaf Loose Black Tea*
  • Lucky Irish Breakfast Full-Leaf Loose Black Tea
  • Matcha Stone Ground Tea Powder
  • Milk Oolong Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Natural Hibiscus Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Nilgiri Frost Tea Full-Leaf Loose Black Tea
  • Organic Matchia Tea
  • Republic Darjeeling Full-Leaf Loose Black Tea*
  • Sencha Kyoto Full-Leaf Loose Green Tea
  • Silver Rain Full-Leaf Loose White Tea
  • Sky Between The Branches Full-Leaf Loose Green Tea*
  • Tea Of Inquiry Full-Leaf Loose Green Tea
  • Ti Kuan Yin Full-Leaf Loose Oolong Tea
  • Wuyi Oolong Full-Leaf Loose Tea*

Tea Bag Teas

  • Baobab SuperHerb Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Organic Breakfast Green Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Organic Holiday Chai Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Organic Heirloom Chamomile Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Organic Darjeeling Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Organic Ginger Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Organic Turmeric Cinnamon Tea Bags
  • British Breakfast Black Tea Bags
  • Chamomile Lemon Tea Bags*
  • Dandelion SuperHerb Tea Bags
  • Decaf British Breakfast Tea Bags
  • Decaf Earl Greyer Tea Bags
  • Decaf People’s Green Tea Bags
  • Dragon Oolong Tea Bags
  • Earl Greyer Tea Bags*
  • Elderflower SuperHerb Tea Bags
  • Emperor’s 100% White Tea Bags
  • Ginseng Peppermint Tea Bags
  • HiCAF Breakfast Black Tea Bags
  • Jiaogulan SuperHerb Tea Bags
  • Lemon Lime Iced Tea Large Pouches
  • Lucky Irish Breakfast Black Tea Bags
  • Moringa SuperHerb Tea Bags
  • Natural Hibiscus Tea Bags
  • Orange Ginger Mint Herb Tea Bags*
  • Organic Assam Breakfast Tea Bags*
  • Organic Cedarberg Red Tea Bags
  • Organic Dancing Leaves Green Tea Bags
  • Organic Double Green Matcha Tea Bags
  • Organic Double Red Rooibos Tea Bags
  • Organic Elderberry Red Tea
  • Organic Green Earl Greyer Green Tea Bags
  • Organic Mint Fields Herb Tea Bags
  • Organic Natural Green Rooibos Tea Bags
  • Organic Peppermint Bark Tea Bags
  • Republic Chai Tea Bags
  • Republic Red Chai Tea Bags
  • Tea of Inquiry Tea Bags
  • The People’s Green Tea Bags
  • Three Gardens Breakfast Blend Tea Bags

The Republic of Tea’s Non-GMO Project Verified products premium teas and herbs are produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard, which means that ongoing testing of all GMO risk ingredients, facility inspections and an annual audit take place to ensure that the company is meeting the highest possible standards for GMO avoidance.

The company is in the process of receiving verification for additional full-leaf and signature, round, unbleached tea bag teas. Teas that are Non-GMO Project Verified assume the official Non-GMO Project seal of verification on their packaging, indicating that the products have gone through the verification process. As new teas become verified they are officially listed on the Non-GMO Project’s website.


About The Republic of Tea:

The Republic of Tea enriches people’s lives through its premium teas, education and innovation, as it emphasizes a “Sip by Sip Rather Than Gulp by Gulp” lifestyle. Founded in 1992, The Republic of Tea sparked a specialty tea revolution. Today the brand offers an unequaled selection of the highest-quality teas, herbal blends, books and nature-inspired sip ware, available exclusively at specialty retailers throughout the U.S. Further, The Republic of Tea is mindful of how its actions impact the greater community and actively supports worthy organizations like Action Against Hunger, The Ethical Tea Partnership, The Prostate Cancer Foundation and The Whole Planet Foundation. Certifications include Demeter USA Certified Biodynamic, Fair Trade certification, Gluten-Free certification, Non-GMO Project verification, OU Kosher certification, Rainforest Alliance certification and USDA Organic certification. For more information, please visit or call 1.800.298.4832. Follow The Republic of Tea on Twitter at and Like us on Facebook at

Contact Information:

Nicole Ravlin, Minister of Enlightenment,

5 Hamilton Landing, Suite 100, Novato, CA 94949 ~ Tel 415.382.3400 ~ Fax 415.382.3401 ~

The Honest Kitchen® Announces Verification by the Non-GMO Project for Pure Fish Treats

Friday, December 19th, 2014

HK_PrimaryLogo_rgb_FNNatural pet food company obtains Verification and Seal from the Non-GMO Project for Beams and Wishes Treats for Dogs & Cats

Pet Food producer The Honest Kitchen today announced that it has completed the verification process with the Non-GMO Project, for its top selling Beams™ and Wishes™ treats for dogs and cats. The company has also begun the verification process for several other items in its line. The Non-GMO Project Seal will appear on the products’ packaging in the coming month.

“We, like many of our customers, are deeply concerned about the presence of GMOs in the food supply,” commented Lucy Postins, The Honest Kitchen’s founder and CEO. “We source all our ingredients from the human food chain and obtain a written promise from each supplier that what we’re buying has not been genetically modified. Being Non-GMO Project Verified is an additional layer of assurance on our commitment to this important issue. Customers deserve to know what is (and is not) in their pets’ food and treats.”

GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses, and other animals and plants. These experimental combinations of genes cross the natural species barrier and have not been proven safe.

“Our Verified products are produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard, which means we must follow rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance, including segregation and traceability to prevent contamination,” explained Laurette Sipe, The Honest Kitchen’s Director of Provenance and Procurement. “It’s exciting for us to be able to continue to raise the bar in our industry and help bring awareness to this important issue.”

Many of the ingredients most commonly used in pet foods and treats – such as corn, soy, beets and alfalfa – are at risk of genetic modification. The Non-GMO Project Standard requires testing of each individual major high-risk ingredient in a finished product. The Honest Kitchen is among the first companies in the nation to obtain verification for pet products. Additional Non-GMO Project Verifications for the company’s products will be announced as they complete the process.

About The Honest Kitchen

The Honest Kitchen produces a line of dehydrated human-grade whole foods for dogs and cats, which are made with love in a human food facility (not in a pet food plant) for the highest possible quality standards. Dehydration is a gentle technique that removes only the moisture and retains most natural nutrients found in raw, whole foods. The private, family-owned company was founded by British Immigrants Lucy & Charlie Postins in 2002, and is based in San Diego CA. The company employs forty people and fifteen dogs. The Honest Kitchen’s products are developed with uncompromising attention to detail, by a company of pet lovers with a passion for food. For more information, please visit

Divino Gelato Achieves Non-GMO Project Verification

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Divino_Logo_unitNew York, NY – December 12, 2014 – Divino, maker of handcrafted gelato-filled fruit from Italy, is proud to announce that they are officially Non-GMO Project Verified. Divino is committed to providing the highest-quality product without compromising on ingredients. They take only the freshest fruits at the peak of harvest season to craft their five flavors, and Non-GMO Project Verification ensures consumers that Divino’s products are made in compliance with the best possible practices for GMO avoidance.

“Our fruits are grown under the best possible conditions, in volcanic soil in Southern Italy, and we wait for the fruit to ripen fully so we can capture that perfectly-ripe flavor in our gelato,” said Guido Molinari of Divino. “There is nothing better than the natural flavor of an Amalfi lemon or a Roman kiwi, so it was easy for Divino to be committed to producing non-GMO products.”

Divino obtained Non-GMO Project Verification after each of their products underwent a series of tests to determine that all ingredients used in each of the flavors met the Non-GMO Project Standard for GMO avoidance. Moving forward, they will display the Non-GMO Project Verified label on all of their products.

Divino currently sells five all-natural, vegan, gluten free, fat free, and non-GMO flavors: Amalfi Lemon, Black Diamond Plum, Ciaculli Tangerine, Roman Kiwi, and Apulian Peach. Each of these fruits is harvested in Southern Italy and transported to their factory on the Amalfi Coast. There, they cut the fruit in half, scoop the pulp out to be made into delicious gelato, hand place the gelato back into the original skin, and flash-freeze the entire fruit to lock in the flavor. The gelato-filled fruit is then individually packaged and shipped out for the world to enjoy.

As Divino grows and expands, they will remain committed to providing delectable non-GMO desserts that anyone can indulge in worry-free.

About Divino

Divino creates all natural, gluten free, fat free, vegan, and non-GMO gelato-filled fruits and brings the taste of sunny Southern Italy to the world directly from their home on the Amalfi Coast. They believe in using only the best ingredients, which is why they harvest their fruit at the peak of season and take care to retain the flavor without using any preservatives. For more information about Divino, visit or follow them on Facebook (, Twitter (@hellodivino), or Instagram (@hellodivino).


Lauren Weiss / 646.620.6652


PodPonics Seals the Deal on Non-GMO Project Verification

Monday, December 15th, 2014

PondPonicsATLANTA (December 12, 2014) – PodPonics, an innovative leader in urban salad-mix production, announces the official Non-GMO Project Verification of its consumer product, Lettuce Buy Local. The Non-GMO Project Verification seal will now be displayed on all products.

“The goal of PodPonics has always been to improve the integrity of local produce through sustainable, safe practices,” said Matt Liotta, PodPonics founder and CEO. “With our Non-GMO Project Verification, Lettuce Buy Local is further recognized as leading a movement to offer the community an informed choice for fresh and flavorful lettuce.”

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria and viruses, as well as other animals and plants. These experimental combinations of genes cross the natural species barrier and are not proven safe. A growing body of evidence associates GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.

Lettuce Buy Local is produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard, which means we must follow rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance, including segregation and traceability to prevent contamination. As one of the fastest-growing labels in the natural food sector, the Non-GMO Project’s seal for verified products gives the public an opportunity to make an informed choice when it comes to GMOs.

Along with the Non-GMO Project Verification, Lettuce Buy Local is also pesticide free, kosher and conveniently comes washed and ready-to-eat. Sustainably grown in Atlanta, Lettuce Buy Local offers consumers superior produce that is more nutrient-dense and eco-friendly, as lettuce is packaged and delivered within hours of harvest.

PodPonics, the largest producer of locally-grown lettuce in the Southeast United States, distributes Lettuce Buy Local to Earth Fare, Whole Foods, The Fresh Market and Kroger locations in the metro- and greater-Atlanta area, as well as cities throughout the region. For more information on Lettuce Buy Local, visit

About PodPonics

PodPonics is the future of farming. The Atlanta-based company answers the growing consumer demand for local food by producing it in urban centers, using an approach that does not require arable land. PodPonics utilizes a proprietary system that integrates advanced hydroponics, proprietary lighting, irrigation and nutrient technology with process control. Their growing system eliminates pesticides, reduces cost, improves product quality and creates local jobs while answering the strong and growing demand for locally produced, natural foods. For more information on PodPonics growing technology or crops, please visit



Brooke Lane
The Reynolds Group



Olisur Extra Virgin Olive Oils Receive Non-GMO Project Verification

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Logotipo-web--OlisurSantiago, Chile –Olisur, Chile’s leading olive oil producer, has received Non-GMO Project Verification for Santiago and O-Live & Co. extra virgin olive oils. According to a recent Consumer Reports study, more than 70% of Americans say they don’t want genetically modified organisms (GMO) in their food – but over 80% of processed foods contain them. GMOs have not been properly tested for human safety and present a danger to people and the environment. Olisur’s Non-GMO Project Verification seal applied to the extra virgin olive oil products comes after careful evaluation and testing, and confirms the company’s commitment to producing the healthiest possible products.

“Our goal at Olisur is to create a better tasting olive oil that is both good for your health and for the health of the environment,” said Claudio Lovazzano A., Marketing & Product Development Manager. “Non-GMO Project Verification is just one more validation for our efforts. We are proud of our team for continuously striving for higher quality standards and crafting olive oils that people can feel good about choosing.”

Olisur’s sustainability efforts can we found in all aspects of their growing and bottling process. Olisur was recently recognized as being carbon neutral, due to their efforts in recycling the byproducts of their olives and reapplying this into the soil as an organic fertilizer.

Olisur products can be found in several retailers throughout the United States such as Whole Foods, Kroger, Price Chopper, Albertsons, Meijer, Wegmans, Fresh Direct, and very soon in Walmart, among others in South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.


About Olisur

Founded in 2005, Olisur’s olive groves and facility are located on a 2,600-acre plantation in the Colchagua Valley area of Chile. An ideal climate and a 100% traceable vertically integrated production process enables Olisur to harvest, extract, and bottle their olive oils on the same day. Olisur’s portfolio consists of O-Live & Co., Santiago and Nova Oliva, brands of premium extra virgin olive oil.

Media Contact

Claudio Lovazzano A.
Av. Sta. María 2880, 4° Piso,
Providencia, Santiago – Chile.
(562) 2923 30 50


Friday, November 21st, 2014

BuenSaborVerification represents company’s commitment to sourcing only top quality and safe ingredients

Newburyport, MA – November 20, 2014 – Buen Sabor today announced that its Chickpea and Sweet Potato Picadillo (PICADILLO DE GARBANZOS Y CAMOTE) has received Non-GMO Project Verified status through the Non-GMO Project. After rigorous evaluation and testing, this seal confirms that each of the ingredients included in the dish are non-GMO (not a genetically modified organism). With more than half of American’s preferring non-GMO foods, this verification is a major milestone for Buen Sabor.

“Providing consumers with real, clean food is at the core of our mission,” said Sarah Pike, Founder and CEO, Buen Sabor. “This verification is just one more point of validation for our efforts, and we look forward to earning the Non-GMO Project Verified seal for each of our products.”

In order to achieve verification, products and ingredients are subjected to rigorous evaluation and testing to ensure they meet the Non-GMO Project Standard.

“We are excited to be working with Buen Sabor as they announce that its Chickpea and Sweet Potato Picadillo will now carry the Non-GMO Project Verified seal,” stated Megan Westgate, Executive Director, Non-GMO Project. “When shoppers see this mark on a product, they can trust it’s been made in compliance with the best possible practices for GMO avoidance.”

Tremendous time and effort goes into selecting the best ingredients that Buen Sabor uses to cook up its dishes, as well as the partners that help supply them. Only the cleanest, all-natural ingredients with a clear ‘story’ are considered. Through its Taste Trace™program, Buen Sabor believes it can serve as the connection between responsible food suppliers and farmers and the retail shelf. Buen Sabor encourages consumers to visit to learn exactly where many of their key ingredients come from.

Buen Sabor is working toward eventually achieving Non-GMO Project Verification for all of its products and expects its Beef Picadillo Empanadas, which use grass fed and finished beef from the Pacific Northwest, to be next in line.

About Buen Sabor

Buen Sabor (a Good Tastes Public Benefit Corporation) produces and curates specialty food products for busy people looking to discover products with an ethnic twist. Products incorporate traditional ingredients from many Latin American cuisines and utilize the freezer as the most natural way to preserve good, clean, natural food. Eight diverse products are available in more than 200 retail locations in 32 states across the country.

Buen Sabor established Taste Trace™, an initiative that demonstrates its pledge and transparency to partner with suppliers and utilize ingredients that are produced in ways that are good for communities and a healthy planet. Buen Sabor is also a public benefit corporation and has committed to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. To learn more about Buen Sabor, please visit or our online press kit at

Media Contact

Sarah Pike
978.225.1557 x. 307

Kabrita Announces Non-GMO Project Verified Goat Milk Yogurt!

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Kabrita-USA-logoKabrita is proud to offer parents Non-GMO Project Verified Goat Milk Yogurt and Fruit, in easy-to-squeeze pouches. According to a recent Consumer Reports study, more than 70% of Americans say they don’t want genetically modified organisms (GMO) in their food – but over 80% of processed foods contain them.

“At Kabrita we prioritize quality, transparency and safety. Using non-GMO ingredients allows us to carefully trace the origin of each of our ingredients and ensures top quality,” says partner and CMO, Carolyn Ansley. “Furthermore, genetically modified ingredients have not been tested on children. As a mom myself, that’s a huge consideration.”

GMO labeling policies exist in more than 60 countries worldwide, including Australia and every country in the European Union. In the US, only Vermont, Maine and Connecticut have passed legislation, although more than half the states have legislation pending. The Non-GMO Project fills the gap by providing North America’s only third-party verification and labeling program for non-GMO food and products. Its mission is to grow the non-GMO food supply by giving consumers a clear choice – and it has verified 22,000 items since it was founded in 2007. Kabrita is proud to be part of this movement toward greater transparency for consumers.

In order to achieve verification and use the trusted butterfly logo, products and ingredients are subjected to rigorous evaluation and testing to ensure they meet the Non-GMO Project Standard.

Kabrita Goat Milk Yogurt and Fruit is available for sale at Whole Foods Markets, Kings Food Markets, independent health food stores,, and Suggested retail price is $2.89 per pouch, or $15.99 for a case of six. They are available in three toddler-approved flavors – Mixed Berry, Mango Peach, and Banana and Natural Vanilla Bean.

About Kabrita North America       

Kabrita North America makes gentle, naturally easy to digest goat milk foods for children. Through education and support Kabrita helps empower parents to make nutrition choices for their child with confidence and joy.

Kabrita North America is a partnership between founders CEO Dr. Kate Morrison, N.D., CMO Carolyn Ansley, and Hyproca Nutrition – a Dutch company with over 70 years infant nutrition expertise.

Media Contact: Kali Pearson / / 416 669 9164

The More We Know, the More We Grow

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

The More We Know, the More We GrowToday, in light of the GMO labeling ballot initiatives that took place across the U.S., we reflect on the overall growth of an incredible people-driven, knowledge-building movement.

If you had spoken to typical grocery shoppers in 2010, it is unlikely many of them would have heard of the term GMO (genetically modified organism). Fast forward four short years. There are now mandatory GMO labeling initiatives in more than half the states across the U.S.—all driven by citizen awareness, action and demand for answers.

It is no mistake this groundswell movement is called the Right to Know. It’s a movement based on knowledge—the lack of knowledge about what is in the food we feed our families, the desire for knowledge on every product we buy, and the demand for this knowledge to be shared collectively across the country. And today, we continue to witness that knowledge spreading from state to state.

In 2012, California ‘s Prop 37 became the first ballot initiative to bring this important debate to a citizen vote. Then, in 2013, Maui County passes Connecticut (with Maine following suit in 2014) passed a contingency law preparing to put mandatory labeling into action once surrounding states pass similar laws. Also in 2013, Washington’s I-522 offered voters another opportunity to pass mandatory labeling at the state level.

While the two state ballot measures (CA and WA) were narrowly defeated (2.8% and 2.18% respectively) and the state-initiated laws faced legal loopholes, the spotlight was placed on our right to know more about GMOs in our food–providing a taste that quickly turned into a hunger for knowledge.

In 2014, Vermont passed the first no-contingency mandatory labeling law in the U.S. Building on that momentum in 2014, Colorado and Oregon became the next two champion states to take on the Goliath biotech industry. On the beautiful island of Maui, where the year-round growing season make it attractive to biotech development, residents have become increasingly concerned about the health and environmental impacts of GMO farming. Late election night, Hawaiian citizens celebrated a stunning turnaround victory for banning GMO production in Maui. After being behind most of the day, the Maui County ballot initiative passed by more than 1,000 votes.

Meanwhile in Colorado, biotech opponents of Prop 105 poured $12 million into the state, outspending the Yes side 20 to 1. While the defeat is disappointing, we must remember the battle always results in awareness. With each measure, more and more citizens become engaged in rallying for our Right to Know.

Oregon’s Measure 92 is still too close to call two days post election. Ballots remain to be counted, and the margin is barely at 1% for the opposing side. As consistent with all GMO labeling efforts, opposition spending in Oregon was led by biotech companies. In fact, the $20 million total contributed to the No side broke Oregon State record for the most spend on one side of an issue. A margin so slim when the financial infusion is so high makes a powerful statement: Citizens want to know.

”At the end of the day, this is a social movement,” said George Kimbrell, chief author of Measure 92 and a senior attorney at the Center for Food Safety. “It’s about peoples’ right to know, and we know we’re going to eventually prevail, regardless of the outcome in Oregon.”

The incredibly slim losses on state ballot initiatives can feel disappointing, but the battle is far from over. And the win is in the details. The Right to Know movement and the advancement in GMO awareness are stronger than ever, despite being outspent by giant biotech corporations. In survey after survey, more than 90 percent of U.S. citizens say they want GMO labeling (Consumer Reports 2014, New York Times 2013, MSNBC 2011, Reuters and Washington Post 2010).

In the face of lacking mandatory labeling requirements, North American brands are listening to their customers and seeking voluntary labeling options, such as Non-GMO Project Verification, at an exceeding rate. Currently, there are more than 22,000 Non-GMO Project Verified products!

Our annual Non-GMO Month in October had more than 2,000 registered retailers educating their teams and having meaningful conversations with their customers about GMOs.

And every single one of us votes each day with our wallet and our heart by choosing a non-GMO lifestyle.

Here are four important things we can do every day to help protect non-GMO choices and the future of our food:

From all of us at the Non-GMO Project, we truly thank you for your passionate commitment to the movement. Don’t give up the fight — knowledge IS power!