Category: Blog

6 Reasons To Avoid GMOs

From guest blogger Deniza Gertsberg, author of the GMO Journal. ======== When was the last time you thought about how food was made, where it came from, whether and if it was chemically treated? With the first ever Non GMO Month around the corner, an awareness campaign launched by the Non GMO Project, perhaps now is a good time to pay attention. As you look at each food item and its ingredients, consider these fundamental unanswered questions concerning genetically modified (GM) foods â€... Read more

Just say NO to GMO

From Non-GMO Month guest contributor Dr. Gayle Eversole, writer of the Natural Health News Blog ( ==== Time goes by so very quickly it often seems amazing that so many topics I have written or taught about for more than a decade and more are being written about as if they were new concepts. Genetic modification of food (GMO) is on of those topics. I am glad to see more awareness but I still feel as if not enough people clearly understand this issue. ... Read more

Robyn O’Brien on Genetically Modified Salmon

Now I’m not sure about you, but these headlines about our food supply are getting pretty tough to stomach.  From egg recalls large enough to feed every American two scrambled eggs to meat recalls warning us about e. Coli in our hamburgers, I can’t help but yearn for simpler times. But the latest food headline sounds like it’s out of a sci-fi movie: “Genetically Modified Salmon Safe to Eat, FDA Report Says”.  A fish designed to eat year round. And it comes with an “on switch.” ... Read more

Interns Experience Expo West

[caption id="attachment_1809" align="alignright" width="225"] Non-GMO Project Interns Halley Everall and Alison Cantor, both Scripps College '10 on the floor at the Natural Products Expo West, March 2010[/caption] Imagine every brand and company you have ever thought of or associated with the natural product industry. Then add a thousand more companies that you have never even heard of. Next, picture all of the representatives associated with each company, plus everyone with a considerable in... Read more

Fresh Picked Interns

[caption id="attachment_1725" align="alignright" width="300"] Pictured, from left to right: Alison Cantor, Intern; Camille Frazier, former Outreach Coordinator; Megan (Thompson) Westgate, Executive Director; Sara Krautbauer, Intern. Not pictured: Sara Young, Outreach Coordinator; Aerienne Russell, Intern; Isa Ballard, Intern[/caption] In a small sunlit office in Upland, CA, the smell of cloves and the sound of keyboards clacking linger gently in the air as the employees of the Non-GMO Project... Read more

“Fresh”: A Review

As an intern with The Non-GMO project this fall I have begun to notice that the US food chain from farmer to consumer is much more complex than I originally thought.   I decided to do a little research to uncover the complexities and have come across many films on this issue including Food Inc., The Future of Food and Fresh. I have found that all of these films are informative on the problems which arise from the industrialization of food, however Fresh seems to be the best example of a film t... Read more

Non-GMO Project the Talk of the Town at Expo East

  [caption id="attachment_1350" align="alignright" width="320"] View of the show floor in the Boston Convention Center where Expo East was held for the second year in a row[/caption] Last week, the Project’s Executive Director, Megan, and I spent three busy days at Natural Products Expo East in Boston. For those of you who have been to one of these shows, you know just how overwhelming yet sensational Expo can be. The Project, thanks to UNFI’s generosity, set up camp at the UNFI b... Read more

Non-GMO Project Connects with Organic Farmers in Nebraska

[slideshow id=3] [caption id="attachment_1268" align="alignright" width="235"] Project Excutive Director Megan Thompson sharing a PowerPoint presentation at Grain Place Foods[/caption] In July, I had the privilege of attending Grain Place Foods' annual farm tour and seminar as the featured speaker. It was wonderful to connect with so many farmers, right in the middle of corn and soy country, and there was a very enthusiastic reception for the Project. The event included tours of the 250 ac... Read more

From the Project’s Outreach Coordinator

[caption id="attachment_1154" align="alignright" width="191"] Non-GMO Project Outreach Coordinator Camille Frazier[/caption] Since beginning work full-time as the Outreach Coordinator in mid-May (after a semester as an intern), I’ve been excited to get going on my biggest project: the “Supporting Retailer Program." While my other recent tasks, such as sending letters to organic seed producers and emailing Canadian distributors, are just as engaging, the Supporting Retailer Program is the ... Read more

From Seattle to Chicago, and in Cyberspace, The Non-GMO Project is Making an Impact

[caption id="attachment_1032" align="alignright" width="227"] Project Excutive Director Megan Thompson with Board President Michael Funk (of UNFI) at The Organic Summit, and with Board Member Joe Dickson (of Whole Foods) at All Things Organic[/caption] It's been a busy season for the Non-GMO Project! Since a jam-packed meeting schedule and presentation at Expo West we have visited with retailers in Austin, San Antonio, Seattle, and Portland, hosted a Round Table at the Organic Summit in Steve... Read more