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Non-GMO Project Data Drop – November, 2021

Gain the in-store shopping advantage. Showcase the Butterfly — Here's the numbers! 66% of shoppers prefer in-store shopping — with more to come after the pandemic! Customers who look for the Butterfly spend up to 54% of their time in stores seeking out certifications — but a quarter of them have trouble finding their favorite cert marks. Make the Butterfly easier to find in your store to improve your customer experience. Linkage Research September 2021... Read more

New GMO Alert: Plant-Based “Meat” made with GMOs

How was your plant-based “meat” made? More than ever, consumers are turning to plant-based meat alternatives as a way to show their solidarity with nature and their commitment to more sustainable practices. However, it’s important to note that some of these products are made with GMOs, and more are likely on the way. When ingredients are made using biotechnology, including genetically engineered microorganisms (commonly referred to  as "synbio" — short for synthetic biology), the... Read more

Food waste fighting powerhouse LOOP Mission is now Non-GMO Project Verified

Montreal, September 27th, 2021 – Ranked among the world’s best new startups and already considered a global leader in the fight against food waste, today LOOP Mission proudly announces that its catalog of cold-pressed juices and smoothies are officially Non-GMO Project Verified. The Non-GMO Project is North America’s most rigorous third-party verification for non-GMO foods and products. More than a third of food produced worldwide is wasted, which accounts for 8% of total global greenhouse... Read more

New GMO Alert: Spider Silk Proteins for Skin Care Products

Beauty is big biz. So it’s no surprise that GMOs are quickly making their way into personal care products. Using synthetic biology, companies can produce ingredients such as collagen and yes, even spider silk proteins! Here are two companies advancing the use of GMO-made spider silk proteins in body care products. Synthetic biology—which most often refers to the use of genetically engineered microbes—is defined as a GMO technique by our Standard. Bolt Threads Partners with Ginkgo Bi... Read more

Non-GMO Project Data Drop – August 2021

Who’s choosing the Butterfly? Meet the natural food shopper. Curious about today’s natural food shoppers? We were too! That’s why, last year we conducted a large research project to uncover their shopping habits and motivations. It’s no surprise that the Butterfly ranks as “very meaningful” with these folks--they seek clean, trustworthy products and brand transparency. Here’s the full data profile on these consumers. Get to know them! See the data Linkage Research Ja... Read more

What are Micro Ingredients and Why are They Important?

When we were getting the Project started, the thing that motivated me the most was the need to preserve non-GMO choices in the food supply, because they were disappearing. There weren't going to be any non-GMO choices if we didn’t do something. — Megan Westgate, Non-GMO Project Executive Director The Non-GMO Project Standard is the guiding document for our work protecting and building the non-GMO food supply. Every two years, the Standard is revised and strengthened to address the chal... Read more

What is Bioengineered Food?

On January 1, 2022, the federal Bioengineered (BE) Food labeling law will take full effect. Under the BE labeling law, certain food products that are made with GMOs will require a disclosure of bioengineered ingredients.  The BE labeling law, known formally as the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard or NBFDS, was introduced in 2016 as a federal response to state-level GMO labeling campaigns. However, this law is not nearly as comprehensive as either the state laws it is meant t... Read more

New GMO Alert: Collagen from Genetically Engineered Microbes

If you’re one who prefers animal-free products, vegan collagen might be up your alley. But if you wish to avoid GMOs, you’ll want to stop and consider how exactly that collagen was made. If it involved synbio, it would fall squarely under the Non-GMO Project Standard’s definition of a GMO product. That’s because synbio is the genetic engineering of microorganisms. Today, we look at how synbio collagen is expanding from skin care products into food and drink. Geltor Releases Its Ne... Read more

New GMO Alert: Animal-Plant Hybrids from Moolec Science

Moolec Science is Genetically Engineering Animal-Plant Hybrids As our research team uncovers the frontiers of genetic engineering, we often think, “You just can’t make this stuff up!” Today, we have an alert for you about the exploitation of plants to create animal proteins. It’s one more reason to carefully track the inputs used to make your ingredients and products—and to stay informed! All products of new genetic engineering techniques are defined as GMOs by the Project’s... Read more

URBL is now Non-GMO Project Verified!

[Vancouver, Canada, 07/14/21] — URBL (https://www.urblicious.com), plant-based “functional botanical” beverage shots, today announced Non-GMO Project Verification (https://www.nongmoproject.org/) for their product line “Superfood Decoctions.” The company’s ingredients, supply-chain, and production facilities demonstrated compliance in a third-party audit and verification of traceability of sourced ingredients from suppliers. Commitment towards sustainability and transparency ... Read more

New GMO Alert: Perfect Day

Brands use Perfect Day® Synbio Proteins to Create GE Ice Cream As animal-free food alternatives rise in popularity, some brands are turning to synthetic biology—or synbio—to make these products. What is synbio? As it’s used in the market today, synbio is a GMO technique that involves the modification of microorganisms to create ingredients, such as dairy proteins or flavorings. In this edition of New GMO Alerts, we take a quick look at several ice cream brands using synbio ingredi... Read more

What You Need To Know About Bioengineered (BE) Food Labeling

Since its inception in 2007, the Non-GMO Project has advocated for meaningful, mandatory labeling of GMOs. And we are not alone: *65% of Americans believe GMOs should be labeled. So when the incoming federal labeling law for bioengineered (BE) foods was released, we hoped it would meet the public’s desire for transparency. We were disappointed. The BE labeling law, as written and passed in 2016, overlooks many products made from GMOs, making it insufficient. Meanwhile, labeling guidelin... Read more

Genetically engineered fish and meat coming to your table… soon?

Public’s opportunity to demand more testing and stricter regulation ends on May 7 BELLINGHAM, Wash—May 4, 2021. Genetically engineered animals are being developed at an accelerating pace, and could, with few regulations and limited testing, be arriving on dining room tables in the US in 2021. That’s due in part by efforts made by the previous administration to deregulate biotechnologies. On the final day of Sonny Perdue’s tenure as head of the US Department of Agriculture, a proposal ... Read more

New GMO Alert: Genetically Modified Salmon Ready for Launch

AquAdvantage® Genetically Modified Salmon Ready for U.S. Commercial Launch Welcome to the second edition of our New GMO Alerts newsletter! One of the Non-GMO Project’s primary goals is to create greater transparency in the supply chain, empowering you to make informed choices about the ingredients you use or the brands you choose. As the only U.S. organization exclusively dedicated to monitoring the development and commercialization of GMOs, we feel it’s important to share this in... Read more

RIJUICE EARNS NON-GMO PROJECT VERIFICATION

Lancaster, PA. 04/23/2021 — Select Juice, LLC (https://www.rijuice.com), 100% cold-pressed juice created in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, today announced Non-GMO Project verification (https://www.nongmoproject.org/) for seven fruit and vegetable juice blends from their ríjuice® product line. The company’s ingredients, systems, and facilities demonstrated compliance in a third-party audit and verification of traceability of sourced ingredients from suppliers. Handcrafted by ... Read more

Join the Non-GMO Project in Commenting on USDA’s Proposed Regulation of Genetically Engineered Animals

The USDA has extended the public comment period for its proposed regulation of certain genetically engineered animals. Under its framework, the USDA would oversee these GMO animals and products from them, such as  meat, eggs, milk or other derivatives, as they move throughout the supply chain. In our submission, outlined below, the Non-GMO Project explains why any regulation of genetically engineered animals must meet the public’s demands for GMO transparency and deliver the rigorous oversi... Read more