Category: Blog

FDA Moves to Finalize Guidance on Voluntary GMO Labeling

Earlier this year, the FDA announced plans to finalize guidance on "Voluntary Labeling Indicating Whether Foods Have or Have Not Been Developed Using Bioengineering" (see 4.1.11 in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) Plan for Program Priorities, 2013-2014). Given that the last draft of the guidance was issued nearly 13 years ago, based on focus group research from the year 2000, the appropriate action toward finalization would be for the FDA to update the guidance and ope... Read more

Holiday Spotlight on Non-GMO Project Verified Wine

With the holidays approaching and so many celebrations to plan, today we're spotlighting a holiday favorite of ours: the first and only Non-GMO Project Verified wine on the marketplace, from Frey Vineyards! Katrina Frey, one of the owners, recently shared some of Frey's story with me, and I learned so much about why organic wines are important, and the adventure their family undertook to bring you a non-GMO wine. I hope you enjoy the season with a glass of Frey Vineyard wine.  Isabel ... Read more

Non-GMO Gingerbread Houses Bring Childlike Cheer to the Season

Making gingerbread houses is a special tradition during the holiday season. Who doesn't like the messy fun of building a magical candy village? My children certainly love it! They also love the opportunity to sample a taste or two of their building materials. By using Non-GMO Project Verified treats in place of conventional candy, I can feel much more comfortable about their nibbling and sampling. Quick tip: To help limit the amount of candy kids eat, make sure they start building and decoratin... Read more

Inside the Making of the Non-GMO Project Logo

[caption id="attachment_9003" align="alignright" width="174"] Barry Deutsch, Founder of Deutsch Design Works[/caption] Have you ever wondered how the Non-GMO Project Verified seal was developed? As the Non-GMO Project begins its fourth year of tremendous growth both as an organization and in the number of verified products, we thought it would be fun to reflect on the life of our logo and seal artwork. Deutsch Design Works (DDW) was the talented creative company that generously donated their ... Read more

Public Comment Period Extended

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, THE CURRENT PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD HAS BEEN EXTENDED BY TWO WEEKS; THE DEADLINE IS NOW 12/18 INSTEAD OF 12/4. Since 2007, ongoing public comment periods have been an important mechanism for keeping the Non-GMO Project Standard current and consensus-based. The current comment period focuses on proposed changes and questions resulting from the spring 2013 public comment period, which ran from April 30, 2013 through June 30, 2013. The Standards Committee will be acce... Read more

Celebrate a Non-GMO Thanksgiving

Happy holiday season! This is when food truly gets fun. You probably agree that there's nothing celebratory about GMOs. That's why we're offering 4 resources to help you keep GMO ingredients out of your grocery cart and off of your Thanksgiving table. Our family at the Non-GMO Project is wishing you and your loved ones a delicious and delightful holiday! 1. INFOGRAPHIC. See which common menu items are at risk for being GMO, and find easy alternatives. 2. SHOPPING LIST TEMPLATE. This ... Read more

Public Comment Period Now Underway

Since 2007, ongoing public comment periods have been an important mechanism for keeping the Non-GMO Project Standard current and consensus-based. The current comment period focuses on proposed changes and questions resulting from the spring 2013 public comment period, which ran from April 30, 2013 through June 30, 2013. The Standards Committee will be accepting comments on these changes and questions from November 4 through December 4, 2013. This process depends on stakeholder input; we ho... Read more

Non-GMO Project Moves to Expand Verification Capabilities

Sales of Non-GMO Project Verified products have gone from $0 in 2010 (when the label launched) to over $3.5 billion just three years later. Consumer concern about GMOs and demand for non-GMO products has made "Non-GMO Project Verified" one of the most sought-after labels in the natural products industry, and the market is responding strongly. We've gone from 194 verification program enrollment inquiries in the second quarter of 2012 to 797 inquiries during the same period this year (that's more ... Read more

Welcome, Caroline!

The Non-GMO Project welcomes Caroline Kinsman to the team as the new Communications Manager. In this role, Caroline will provide information to media contacts, support marketing and awareness campaigns during national Non-GMO Month events (October), and launch new platforms for consumer education and engagement. Caroline joins the team at a critical point of growth for the Non-GMO Project. National efforts are gaining momentum around consumers’ right to know and mandatory labeling legislati... Read more

Welcome, Aaron!

When Aaron came on board with the Non-GMO Project this month as Product Verification Program Manager, it brought our staff up to eight — we have doubled in size in less than a year! And with more enrollments than ever and breaking the mark of 10,000 Non-GMO Project Verified products, his expertise, skills and management will be a wonderful asset to our team. What interests you about working with the Non-GMO Project — what about this opportunity caught your attention? Fourteen years of ... Read more