An Organic Amicus brief has been filed in support of the Center for Food Safety's case against Monsanto's Supreme Court appeal of the lower court-ordered injunction against the selling of GM alfalfa. Monsanto seeks to overturn the lower court ruling that prohibits the company from selling its seed, due to the court's concerns about the adverse effects of widespread GMO contamination. The judge in that case has required USDA to "take a hard look" at the contamination issue before granting the d... Read more
This past weekend, the number of fans on the Non-GMO Project’s Facebook page reached and then quickly exceeded 10,000 people, evidencing the growing public concern about GMOs and corresponding demand for all things non-GMO. The page features a mix of breaking news, links to studies, and updates on the brands and retailers involved in the Non-GMO Project.
Perhaps even more significant than the number of fans is how active the fanbase is, with an average of around 2,500 visits each week, and pa... Read more
As the Non-GMO Project moves into a stage of active public outreach and education, we're excited by the support of companies like Guayaki, who are doing everything they can to help spread awareness about GMOs and the Non-GMO Project, including on-label promotion with their best-selling "Pure Mind" bottled mate.
The label pictured above is just starting to appear in stores. We had our first spotting at Mother's Market in Anaheim, CA last week and are excited to find out FROM YOU where else it ... Read more
This October, natural foods retailers across North America will be celebrating the first ever "Non-GMO Month," with the highlight being a Non-GMO Day on 10.10.10. The event, organized by independent retailers, co-ops, and other natural food grocers, will feature month-long promotions on Non-GMO Project Verified products and consumer education materials such as the Non-GMO Project Shopping Guide. The goal is to raise awareness about the GMO issue and to support the Non-GMO Project's efforts to en... Read more
A new press release from Monsanto on Friday revealed that their popular Bt cotton variety, Bollgard I, has proven unsuccessful in countering pest attacks in the state of Gujarat, India. The crop’s target, the pink bollworm, has developed a resistance to the Cry1Ac protein found in Bt cotton, raising concerns about the legitimacy of the crop’s claim to ward off pests. These Bt resistant pests were discovered in 2009 during a field monitoring in four regions in Gujarat and reported to the Gene... Read more
[caption id="attachment_1733" align="alignright" width="300"] Closing panelists from the 2010 Canadian Organic Growers Conference in Toronto; from L to R: Michael Schmidt, Biodynamic Farmer and raw milk champion; Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the Non-GMO Project; Barbel Hohn, Germany's first Green Party Agriculture Minister; Wayne Roberts, PhD, author and Acting Manager of the Toronto Food Policy Council.[/caption]
Following participation in the Guelph Organic Conference outside Toron... Read more
India’s Environmental Minister Jairam Ramesh recently placed a moratorium on the domestic cultivation of genetically-modified eggplant, known as brinjal in India, a move which puts an indefinite hold on the production of all GM food crops on Indian soil. His decision comes in response to public dissent and a lack of scientific evidence establishing the safety of GM crops.
The new policy halts Monsanto’s plans to expand its operations abroad through its Indian partner, Mahyco. Mahyco resea... Read more
In 2006, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) sued the Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its illegal approval of Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) Roundup Ready alfalfa. The federal courts sided with CFS and banned GM alfalfa until the USDA fully analyzed the impacts of the plant on the environment, farmers, and the public in a rigorous analysis known as an environmental impact statement (or EIS). USDA released its draft EIS on December 14, 2009. A 60-day comment period is now open until... Read more
The Non-GMO Project is excited to announce its newest addition to the team, Sara Young. Sara was selected from over 100 applicants and 8 interviewees to replace Camille Frazier as Outreach Coordinator. Camille has done an outstanding job in the role, but is leaving to travel in Italy and attend graduate school. Sara will take over the responsibilities of reaching out to retailers and manufacturers in the natural and organic products industry, supporting the Project’s Executive Director, Megan ... Read more
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Tell the USDA that you care about GMO contamination of organic food!
In 2006, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) sued the Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its illegal approval of Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE) Roundup Ready alfalfa. The federal courts sided with CFS and banned GE alfalfa until the USDA fully analyzed the impacts of the plant on the ... Read more