News + Updates

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

Non-GMO Project Connects with Organic Farmers in Nebraska

[slideshow id=3] [caption id="attachment_1268" align="alignright" width="235"] Project Excutive Director Megan Thompson sharing a PowerPoint presentation at Grain Place Foods[/caption] In July, I had the privilege of attending Grain Place Foods' annual farm tour and seminar as the featured speaker. It was wonderful to connect with so many farmers, right in the middle of corn and soy country, and there was a very enthusiastic reception for the Project. The event included tours of the 250 ac... Read more

Whole Foods Market displays commitment to Non-GMO Project in Times Square & Las Vegas

Last Tuesday, in coordination with its announcement of plans to use the Non-GMO Project's Product Verification Program in connection with its private label product lines, Whole Foods Market showed displays of the Non-GMO Project logo on the Reuters sign in Times Square and on the Clear Channel sign in Las Vegas. The logo was accompanied by the statement "Whole Foods Market to Label Private Label Food Products Non-GMO." The display marked an exciting turning point, as mainstream audiences begin t... Read more

Organic Processing Magazine Features Non-GMO Project

The current issue of Organic Processing Magazine, out today, features a story by Ken Roseboro titled "Keeping GMOs Out of Organic: Non-GMO Project Builds Critical Mass to Address Growing Threat." This excellent coverage of the Non-GMO Project includes quotes from UNFI founder (and Non-GMO Project Board President) Michael Funk, as well as from Board Members Dag Falck (of Nature's Path Organic Foods) and Michael Potter (of Eden Foods). The article offers clear and compelling coverage on why the Pr... Read more

Whole Foods Market® Partners with Non-GMO Project to Label Company’s Private Label Food Products Using New Third-Party Standard

Whole Foods Market Encourages Other Retailers & Branded Product Manufacturers to Make Similar Commitment to Non-GMO Food Supply Chain AUSTIN, TX (July 7, 2009). Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFMI), the leading natural and organic grocer, today announced a commitment to the Non-GMO Project –a non-profit collaboration of manufacturers, retailers, processors, distributors, farmers, seed breeders and consumers – to use the Non-GMO’s Product Verification Program (PVP) in connection with Who... Read more

From the Project’s Outreach Coordinator

[caption id="attachment_1154" align="alignright" width="191"] Non-GMO Project Outreach Coordinator Camille Frazier[/caption] Since beginning work full-time as the Outreach Coordinator in mid-May (after a semester as an intern), I’ve been excited to get going on my biggest project: the “Supporting Retailer Program." While my other recent tasks, such as sending letters to organic seed producers and emailing Canadian distributors, are just as engaging, the Supporting Retailer Program is the ... Read more

Project Launches Promotional Partnership with Guayaki

[caption id="attachment_1135" align="alignright" width="303"] This label, which includes info about the Project and a link to our website, will begin appearing in stores this November[/caption] 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 promotion on their label. Guayaki recently enrolled all of ... Read more

Emerging Opportunities for Farmers In the Non-GMO Market

The Non-GMO Project's Executive Director, Megan Thompson, will speak with farmers in Nebraska this summer as part of Grain Place Food's annual farm tour and seminar. The subject will be "Emerging Opportunities for Farmers in the Non-GMO Market," and the event will be an opportunity to have a direct dialogue with farmers about the benefits and challenges of operating with rigorous GMO contamination controls, such as those outlined in the Non-GMO Project Standard. The host, Grain Place Foods, offe... Read more

From Seattle to Chicago, and in Cyberspace, The Non-GMO Project is Making an Impact

[caption id="attachment_1032" align="alignright" width="227"] Project Excutive Director Megan Thompson with Board President Michael Funk (of UNFI) at The Organic Summit, and with Board Member Joe Dickson (of Whole Foods) at All Things Organic[/caption] It's been a busy season for the Non-GMO Project! Since a jam-packed meeting schedule and presentation at Expo West we have visited with retailers in Austin, San Antonio, Seattle, and Portland, hosted a Round Table at the Organic Summit in Steve... Read more