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Ciranda Celebrates 25 Years of Organic Ingredient Supply

HUDSON, WI (March 10, 2020) – It is with immense gratitude and celebration that Ciranda, Inc. announces 25 years in business — and 25 years of organic ingredients! Since its founding, the company has stayed true to its mission of expanding the organic industry, while supporting sustainable agriculture practices and the livelihood of farmers around the world.   Ciranda introduced itself as an organic export business in 1994. Founders, Hans and Joan Friese, built strong relationships wi... Read more

Shoppers and Brands Agree: We Want Proof It’s Non-GMO!

It’s not just grocery shoppers who are looking for Non-GMO Project Verified products — the brands you know and trust look for the Butterfly when they source ingredients too! As shoppers demand more transparency from food brands, brands are in turn demanding more transparency and more documentation from their suppliers. For the supply chain participants who make our favorite ingredients, this means proof of Non-GMO Project Verification is more important than ever before. Non-GMO Project C... Read more

Manukora Manuka Honey is Now Non-GMO Project Verified

Manukora is excited to announce that all products from their Manuka honey range are now Non-GMO Project Verified, North America’s most rigorous third-party verification for non-GMO foods and products. Manukora honey is sourced from untouched forests in remote regions in New Zealand. The remoteness of our sourcing regions means our bees have an endless source of nectar to feed from. Our honey is a direct product of the environment it was created in — no quick fixes here. Quality honey ... Read more

A Non-GMO Project Certificate of Verification is a Ticket to Success

Consumers have been asking for GMO transparency for more than two decades. As store buying policies and federal regulations are catching up with consumer expectations, self-made GMO claims are no longer sufficient for clients in the natural food supply chain. As shoppers demand more transparency from food brands, brands are in turn demanding more transparency and more documentation from their suppliers. For supply chain participants, this means proof of Non-GMO Project Verification is more impor... Read more

2019: The Year in Review

As we welcome the roaring 20s, let’s revisit the major GMO-related happenings of the past year. 2019 rode in on the back of the National Bioengineering Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS), a piece of regulation born to confuse, confound and mystify. At the Non-GMO Project, we worked hard this year to provide the transparency and reliability the NBFDS lacks, releasing v.15 of our Standard (you can read the Standard here anytime). Now let’s review the action that occurred outside the building... Read more

What You Need to Know about the New GMOs Showing Up in Our Food Supply

Is it possible to create a non-GMO product using genetic engineering? While that might seem ludicrous to most of us, biotechnology companies have mounted an aggressive campaign to convince the world that the products of new genetic engineering techniques such as CRISPR are, in fact, non-GMO. Although this is completely unsupported by the scientific reality (more on that in a moment), developers of these products are so determined to distance themselves from the consumer rejection of GMOs tha... Read more

Norm’s Farms Select Elderberry Jams, Mixers and Supplements Are Now Non-GMO Project Verified

Pittsboro, North Carolina based Norm’s Farms is the first US-based, vertically integrated company specializing in making great tasting and great-for-you foods and supplements featuring the American elderberry grown sustainably on our network of family farms. Functional Foods and Supplements Made With Pure Simple Ingredients Elderberry has been used by traditional cultures around the world for a millennium because of its immune system boosting and antiviral properties. Norm’s Farms sh... Read more

Maison Riviera Coconut Based Yogurt Alternatives are now Non-GMO Project Verified 

Montreal based, Maison Riviera has recently entered the U.S. market with its coconut-based yogurt alternative.  Part of Maison Riviera’s overarching mission of taking care of people and ensuring their well-being while encouraging agriculture that is both sustainable and sound, the product line was created to satisfy those with lactose or gluten intolerances, nut allergies as well as vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians and anyone else who wants to adopt ethical eating habits.  A feel-go... Read more

Understanding Biotechnology: New GMOs

Please review Understanding Biotechnology: What is a GMO? for GMO basics. THE EMERGENCE OF NEW GMOS For the past 25 years, genetically modified organisms have been largely limited to transgenic crops and animals: organisms that have been genetically modified by combining the DNA from two or more different species. This is beginning to change. GMOs are now being created with newer genetic engineering techniques, some of which do not involve transgenic technologies. The Non-GMO Project is commit... Read more

Understanding Biotechnology: What is a GMO?

The Non-GMO Project Product Verification Program allows participants to submit products to be evaluated against the Non-GMO Project Standard. Participants must demonstrate that their products are not made with genetically modified organisms, including products of biotechnology. Products that demonstrate their non-GMO status in accordance with the Standard may become Verified and use the Non-GMO Project Verified mark. GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS A genetically modified organism (GMO) is an or... Read more