On May 3rd, the USDA released its long-awaited draft of a National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, pursuant to a law passed in July 2016. While there are many aspects of the draft that warrant comment (check out our complete list here), one thing that is particularly outrageous is the terminology proposed. Under the proposed rule, it would become illegal to make a GMO disclosure using anything other than these two terms: bioengineered and "BE." In order to help establish just how mislead... Read more
What is the Arctic® apple?
The Arctic® apple is an apple that has been genetically modified to not immediately turn brown when cut or bruised. This modification utilizes a genetic engineering technology known as RNA interference (RNAi), which interferes with the fruit’s natural production of an enzyme that causes browning (i.e., polyphenol oxidase [PPO]), thereby reducing the amount of the enzyme present in the apple.
What types of Arctic® apples are available?
The first Arctic... Read more
At this time 10 years ago, I was volunteering full-time to create a new non-profit organization called the Non-GMO Project. Our small group working on the effort had given up hope that government would ever give consumers the information they need to know about GMOs. Meanwhile, we saw that shoppers were increasingly concerned about GMOs and looking for non-GMO options. We reasoned that since there was a market for non-GMO, producers would create a supply for it—they just needed a system... Read more
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
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
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 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
Why you should look for the Butterfly
When we first started developing the Non-GMO Project Standard in the summer of 2006, we made a commitment to always seek a balance between meaningfulness and achievability. In order to accomplish our mission of preserving and building a non-GMO food supply, we needed a standard that would push food producers to make real change, while also being reasonably attainable.
Admittedly, our first few years were an uphill battle as we tried to convince food co... Read more
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 Megan Westgate, focused on keeping non-GMO standards high.
Below is a list of non-GMO events at Expo East that may be valuable to Non-GMO Project Verified participants:
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER... Read more
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 (genetically modified organisms).
The revised bill also includes a mandate for the USDA to create its own non-GMO certification program. While it won’... Read more