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Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Official Statement on the Latest Labeling Bill

From Non-GMO Project Executive Director Megan Westgate: The main intent of this bill is clearly to preempt democratically established state legislation and make it harder for the public to know whether or not the food they are buying is genetically engineered. While much has been made of the significant problems with the type of labeling […]

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Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Welcome Lucy MacLoughlin!

The Non-GMO Project welcomes Lucy MacLoughlin as our new Standards Manager. With 20+ years in the natural products industry, Lucy has extensive experience in the managerial, operational, technical and promotional aspects of three different industry sectors including retail, wholesale and manufacturing. Her many years spent in contract manufacturing of nutritional supplements exposed her to numerous […]

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Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Welcome Eric!

The Non-GMO Project welcomes Eric Emsky as our new Quality Assurance Assistant. Eric is a native Washingtonian who calls Colorado his home away from home. Before joining the Non-GMO Project, he spent close to a decade racing mountain bikes and cyclocross competitively around the world. When not in the office, you can find Eric attempting […]

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Monday, March 7th, 2016

The Future of Non-GMO Standards

Mandatory GMO labeling is scheduled to take effect in Vermont this July. A new labeling bill passed the Senate Ag Committee last week. An increasing number of private sector non-GMO labels are making an appearance. The GMO issue has never been more complex, or more important to the natural products industry. What’s the right position for […]

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Monday, February 29th, 2016

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 […]

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Friday, February 19th, 2016

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 […]

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Friday, February 12th, 2016

Welcome Randy!

Randall Coleman has more than 6 years of program and data management experience in the certification industry including LEED®, ENERGYSTAR®, ISO 17024, ISO 14000 series, and most recently at the Non-GMO Project. He is passionate about helping environmental and social organizations make better decisions using data; and is particularly interested in addressing the food system. […]

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Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Welcome, Risa!

The Non-GMO Project welcomes Risa Fletcher to the team as a Client Services Assistant. Risa is a recent Western Washington University alumna with a B.A. in English. She’s previously worked in a variety of fields including veterinary medicine, wildlife rehabilitation, and food service. Her consciousness about healthy food and resources stems from her love for […]

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Monday, September 21st, 2015

Welcome, Nikki!

The Non-GMO Project welcomes Nikki Oleson to the team as the Executive Coordinator, where she will offer behind-the-scenes, comprehensive support to the Executive Director and subsequently, the Board of Directors, various sub-committees and Non-GMO Project staff. In order to support efficiencies within the demanding schedule of the Project’s director, Nikki is tasked with the implementation […]

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Friday, September 18th, 2015

Welcome, James!

We are excited to have James Schaberg join the Non-GMO Project as the Administrative Assistant. James helps ensure operations run smoothly, provides IT solutions, and responds to the general inquires that the Project receives every day. In 2005 James completed his AS in Aviation-Flight Technology from Northwestern Michigan College. He spent the next decade crisscrossing […]

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Monday, August 31st, 2015

Expo East 2015 Events & Updates

Going to Natural Products Expo East? Drop by Booth #1148 to say hello to our team! If you would like to plan a one-on-one meeting with a member of our staff, contact them soon since schedules are filling. Whether or not you’ll be at Expo East, be sure to read our latest blog from Executive Director […]

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Friday, July 24th, 2015

The DARK Act: What’s Next?

The House passed H.R. 1599 but the fight isn’t over yet. On July 23, 2015 the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1599 (275-150). This sweeping bill would prohibit any current or future state law requiring GMO labeling, while at the same time dramatically undercutting federal, state and local government oversight and regulation of GMOs […]

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Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Seed Advisory Committee Nomination Process Now Open

The Non-GMO Project is re-forming a Seed Advisory Committee (SAC) to help provide guidance on standards development and engagement of this critical sector. We are seeking broad and balanced representation. The SAC will meet monthly beginning in the summer of 2015. Appointed members should expect to spend no more than 3 hours per month, including […]

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Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Does the USDA really have a new non-GMO program?

There’s a lot of confusion circulating about a May 1st letter from US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Portions of the letter went into media circulation today, and have been widely taken out of context and misinterpreted. The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has long offered a “Process Verified Seal,” which, according to the USDA’s […]

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Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Non-GMO Project Continues to Expand Verification Capacity

Participants can now choose from four Technical Administrators (TAs) The Non-GMO Project is pleased to announce the addition of two Technical Administrators to pilot programs for assessing products to be compliant with its Standard. Participants in the Non-GMO Project Verified program now have more choices when selecting a Technical Administrator. Where Food Comes From, Inc. (WFCF) and […]

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Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Join the Non-GMO Project at Expo West 2015

We’re excited to see so many Non-GMO Project Verified participants in Anaheim this March for the Natural Products Expo West. Drop by our booth (#8527) to say hello to our team! Below is a list of events at Expo we think will be valuable to participants or companies interested in pursuing Non-GMO Project Verification: FRIDAY, […]

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Welcome, Deven!

We’re happy to welcome Deven on board as the Non-GMO Project’s Administrative Assistant. Get to know Deven: From an early age, Deven has had a close relationship with food. Growing up on the Eastern side of Washington, her grandparents owned a small dairy farm where she would help her grandfather feed the cows, collect eggs, and […]

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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Public Comment Period underway through January 22, 2015

The Non-GMO Project would like your input! Round 2 of the 2014 public comment period is currently open and will run for 60 days ending on January 22, 2015.

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Friday, November 14th, 2014

Non-GMO Month 2014 a Resounding Success

Continuing in the spirit of growing awareness and impactful change, 2014’s Non-GMO Month was celebrated by more people from all levels of the food supply chain. Increased participation by shoppers, retailers and brands was evident across all of North America. Here at the Non-GMO Project, we couldn’t be more pleased with the amplified level of enthusiasm and passion, and we […]

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Thursday, November 6th, 2014

The More We Know, the More We Grow

Today, 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 […]

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Non-GMO Month 2014 Launches Oct. 1

Are you ready? Join the 2,200 brands and more than 2,000 retailers that are empowering consumer voice by celebrating Non-GMO Month 2014!  It’s October, and that means natural food stores across the U.S. and Canada are taking part in Non‐GMO Month, celebrating the public’s right to choose food and products that do not contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). […]

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Friday, September 12th, 2014

Join the Non-GMO Project at Expo East 2014

We’re excited to see all of our participants in Baltimore this September for the Natural Products Expo East. Drop by our booth (#1148) to say hello to our team! Below is a list of events at Expo we will be attending or think will be valuable to participants or companies interested in pursuing Non-GMO Project Verification. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER […]

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Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Welcome, Desirae!

We are excited to have Desirae Hill join the Non-GMO Project as Marketing Associate! Desirae draws insight from her experience working for large retail organizations, small manufacturing companies, nonprofits, and consulting. While she holds a B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing, and a technical degree in Visual Communications, Desirae’s career is an […]

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Friday, August 15th, 2014

Welcome, Joyce!

Joyce de Brevannes comes to the Non-GMO Project with decades of experience in marketing  and communications for both the non-profit and for profit sectors. She began her career in  the entertainment industry, working for  DreamWorks, Paramount and Warner Bros. Believing that she should be of service, she  began looking for jobs with purpose and served […]

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Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Non-GMO Project Expands Verification Capacity

Public Demand for Non-GMO Choices Drives Growth in Program Administration With more than 20,000 Non-GMO Project Verified products representing well over $7 Billion in annual sales, demand for the iconic butterfly label continues to surpass projections. In response, the Non-GMO Project has trained additional certification bodies to serve as Technical Administrators for its Product Verification […]

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Friday, June 27th, 2014

Meet a Supporting Retailer!

Across 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 […]

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Thursday, June 19th, 2014

11 Tips for Non-GMO Summer Skin Care

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 […]

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Friday, May 16th, 2014

Welcome Heather!

Heather 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 […]

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Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Non-GMO Challenge 2014 Wrap Up

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 […]

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Happy Planting: Grow a Non-GMO Garden!

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 […]

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