Category: Blog

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 animals and the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. As a vegan, she is an avid label reader and sometimes takes a while ordering at... Read more

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 of organizational structures that support effectiveness and productivity. Nikki joins the Non-GMO Pro... Read more

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 the North American skies as a commercial pilot—where he experienced the massive agricultural landscapes from the air. Jame... Read more

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 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 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 (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

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 participation in meetings. Objectives and action items will be clearly tracked and committee work will stay organized and accessible via a dedicated ... Read more

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 website, “provides companies that supply agricultural products or services the opportunity to assure customers of their ability to pro... Read more

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 SCS Global Services (SCS) have entered additional pilot training to become a Technical Administrator (TA) w... Read more

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, March 6 Non-GMO Series: GMO Myth Busting – An Advocate’s Toolkit for Separating Fact from Fiction 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, Marriott Grand Ballroom F This s... Read more

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 help out wherever she could. She learned the importance of label-reading through her mother’s career in the natural food industry. Deven is a recent graduate f... Read more