Category: Blog

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 have grown up with parents who understood the importance of healthy food; and as an avid cook, she appreciates knowing where her ingredients come from... Read more

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 brings her experience working with diverse stakeholders to build consensus around highly technical ... Read more

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. Prior to joining the Non-GMO Project, he consulted for various non-profit, for-profit, and intergovernmental organization... Read more

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