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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

India Places Moratorium on the Cultivation of GM Food Crops

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

Organic Producers: Tell the USDA you don’t want GMO Alfalfa

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

Consumers: Protect Non-GMO Dairy–Stop GMO Alfalfa!

This is an action alert from The Center for Food Safety's True Food Network. To read more, and to submit comment, please click here. 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

GMO Panel at Park Slope Food Co-op

On January 24th, Park Slope Food Co-op in Brooklyn, NY will hold a panel discussion on GMOs featuring Dr. Michael Hanson of the Consumers’ Union and Eden Foods founder and CEO, Michael Potter. The panel, which follows an introductory event held in November, will address such questions as whether GMOs are safe, if consumers have a right to know whether their food contains GMOs, and why are there no laws requiring the identification of GMOS on food product labels. ... Read more

Non-GMO Project Founding Leader Lundberg Family Farms Announces Sixty-six Verified Products

RICHVALE, Calif.–Sixty-six of Lundberg Family Farms’ products are among the first to be officially “Non-GMO Verified” by the Non-GMO Project. The “Non-GMO Verified” seal means that verified Lundberg products have been produced according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance, which includes testing of risk ingredients. “It is very important for the consumer to have an educated choice between food containing GMO's and those that are non-GMO,” says Grant Lundberg, CEO of L... Read more

R.W. Garcia Co. Special Recipe Tortilla Chips Receive Non-GMO Product Verification

R.W. Garcia Special Recipe tortilla chips have been verified as meeting the standard for GMO avoidance by the Non-GMO Project. The Special Recipe line includes Flaxseed/Soy, USDA Organic Veggie, Blue corn/Flaxseed, and MixtBag® tortilla chips. San Jose, CA (PRWEB) January 5, 2010 -- R.W. Garcia today announced that R.W. Garcia Special Recipe tortilla chips have been verified as meeting the standard for GMO avoidance by the Non-GMO Project. The Special Recipe line includes Flaxseed/Soy, USDA ... Read more

China Approves GM Rice

China's Ministry of Agriculture recently declared two varieties of genetically modified rice "safe to produce and consume, taking a major step toward endorsing the use of biotechnology in the staple food crop of billions of people in Asia"(http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125959909959569901.html). Although further approvals are pending and it will most likely be two to three years before GM rice is produced commercially, China is the world's largest grower of rice and therefore has the power to c... Read more

Non-GMO Event at The Park Slope Food Coop

Contributed by Greg Todd, for the Park Slope Food Coop's Safe Food Labeling Committee The Park Slope Food Coop is a Supporting Retailer of the Non-GMO Project On Friday, November 13th, The Park Slope Food Coop, a 15,000 member food coop located in the Park Slope section of Broooklyn NY, held a special panel discussion about Safe Food Labeling that featured a dialogue on the Non-GMO Project. At the Nov. 13th panel event, the committee presented some information on GMOs, showed an excerpt f... 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

GM Flax Concerns

Earlier this fall, the European Commission’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed confirmed the presence of GMO flax, known as “Triffid,” in flax imported from Canada. This comes as a surprise, as Triffid has been illegal in Canada since 2001, when flax farmers and the Canadian Grain Commission successfully lobbied to have it banned from the market. Although Triffid was never sold commercially in Canada, it has now shown up in 34 countries. It is still unclear how this contamination occurr... Read more

Jimbo’s…Naturally! Donates over $12,000 to Non-GMO Project

On October 17th, Jimbo’s...Naturally! in San Diego held its annual Anniversary Sale. Each year, Jimbo’s chooses a non-profit organization to receive 5% of the day’s proceeds. They also offer customers the opportunity to donate their 5% in savings to the chosen non-profit. This year, we’re excited to report that Jimbo’s chose the Non-GMO Project! As a result of the Anniversary Sale, Jimbo’s donated $12,250.08 to the Project. This generous donation will go a long way in funding the ... Read more

Vote for The Non-GMO Project!

The Non-GMO project was nominated to be a competitor in the Ashoka Changemakers "GMO Risk or Rescue? Helping consumers decide." The question was "What are your ideas about how to help consumers make better, more informed choices?" which is what we're all about, so we are very excited to have submitted an entry. The winner gets $1500 and training in social media, the votes are pretty low across the board (highest amount of votes is 34 so far), so every vote means a lot! How To VOTE for us on C... Read more

Dr. Vandana Shiva to speak at Pitzer College

Dr. Vadana Shiva will speak at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, this Wednesday, Ocobter 14th. This is an amazing opportunity for anyone in the southern California area to learn from one of the leading experts on sustainability. Dr. Shiva will be participating in Pitzer College's Changemakers Speaker Series and will be presenting on "Earth Democracy: Beyond Dead Democracy and Killing Economies." Dr. Shiva's work is of particular importance to anyone interested in the GMO controversy. She ... 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

Project Covered on Front Page of NYT Business Section

Click here to see the story on the New York Times' website ‘Non-GMO’ Seal Identifies Foods Mostly Biotech-Free By WILLIAM NEUMAN Published: August 28, 2009 Alarmed that genetically engineered crops may be finding their way into organic and natural foods, an industry group has begun a campaign to test products and label those that are largely free of biotech ingredients. A campaign hopes to back up claims some food makers are already making. With farmers using gene-altered s... Read more