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MSNBC Poll: Should GMO foods be labeled?

For years now, the Unites States has lagged behind the rest of the world on the issue of GMO labeling. Driven by tremendous public demand for labeling of GMO foods, the countries of the EU mandated labeling of foods containing GMO ingredients back in the late 1990s.  Since then, despite overwhelming sentiment on the part of the American public in favor of labeling, the FDA has declined to take any similar action to protect American consumer choice. MSNBC is polling readers on whether or ... Read more

GM Soy: Sustainable? Responsible?

A summary of scientific evidence showing that genetically modified (GM) soy and the glyphosate herbicide it is engineered to tolerate are unsustainable from the point of view of farming, the environment, rural communities, animal and human health, and economies. Executive Summary follows; to download the full report, please click here. Awareness is growing that many modern agricultural practices are unsustainable and that alternative ways of ensuring food security must be found. In recent ... Read more

Expo West 2011: It’s All About Non-GMO

For the last four years, since the official launch of the Non-GMO Project at the Natural Products Expo West in 2007, the non-GMO movement has been gaining ground more rapidly than ever before. That the GMO issue now has the full attention of the natural and organic product industry will be abundantly clear at Expo West in Anaheim this March. With over 200 brands and more than 4,000 products now enrolled in the Non-GMO Project, Expo attendees can expect Non-GMO Project posters and logos to be a c... Read more

Non-GMO Networking Reception at Expo West

Join retailers, manufacturers and consumer advocates active in the non-GMO movement at an informal reception to talk about recent developments and strategize about next steps. Take a break from a long day on the show floor and enjoy some Non-GMO Project Verified snacks and beverages in the good company of others who are passionate about keeping GMOs out of natural and organic food and products. WHEN: Friday, March 11th, 2011 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm (Directly following "GMO and Political Chal... Read more

OTA deplores USDA action to proceed with genetically engineered sugar beets despite court order

Contact: Barbara Haumann (802-275-3820; bhaumann@ota.com WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb, 7, 2011)— The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made a decision to continue to allow planting of St Louis based-Monsanto’s Roundup Ready sugar beets despite a court order to complete a final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) before making any decision on deregulation for genetically engineered (GE) sugar beets. The crop in question is genetically altered to tolerate increased application of toxic he... Read more

Mary’s Gone Crackers Products Receive Non-GMO Verification

Contact: Natalie Terashima RKPR 858-922-9519 natalie@rkpr.net For Immediate Release Gridley, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2011) – Mary’s Gone Crackers, makers of gourmet gluten-free foods, today announced verification that its Crackers, Sticks & Twigs and love Cookies have been verified by the Non-GMO Project. Compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard is determined through a combination of document-based review, including GMO test results, and onsite inspection. Mary’s Gone Crackers... Read more

WE STAND UNITED IN OPPOSITION TO GE ALFALFA

January 31, 2011 We stand united in opposition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to once again allow unlimited, nationwide commercial planting of Monsanto's genetically engineered (GE) Roundup Ready alfalfa, despite the many risks to organic and conventional farmers. Last spring more than 200,000 people submitted comments to the USDA highly critical of the substance and conclusions of its draft EIS on GE Alfalfa. Instead of responding to these comments and con... Read more

Team Organic will Never Surrender to Monsanto: Now We Continue the Fight, Together

By Megan Westgate I am no stranger to the rush of radical activism, to the satisfaction of identifying an enemy and throwing heart and soul into righteous indignation. In this complicated world, it’s tempting to reduce shades of gray to simple black and white. Sometimes that’s the only way to achieve a reassuring sense that we know where we stand (and therefore who we are). As a college student a decade ago, I devoted endless hours to organizing protests against the Keck Graduate Institut... Read more

The Non-GMO Project: Empowering Consumers, Protecting a Non-GMO Future (Response to SOD)

Please click here to download a PDF of this paper. Response to “The Non-GMO Project: Resisting GE or Constructing Defeat?” (Discussion Paper from The Organic Agriculture Protection Fund of the Saskatchewan Organic Directorate) January 28, 2011 By Megan Westgate, Non-GMO Project Executive Director   It is inspiring to see the growing passion being focused on the problem of GMO contamination; it is a massive challenge, and widespread collaboration is a prerequisite for posit... Read more

Rumiano Cheese Company Achieves Non-GMO Project Verification

CRESCENT CITY, CA (January 21, 2011) - Rumiano Cheese Company proudly announced today that its entire organic cheese line, organic butter, and organic WPC-80% are the first in the world to achieve Non-GMO Project Verification. Rumiano Cheese Company has been producing all natural, grass–fed, rBST-free, kosher, real California cheese for over 90 years and is California’s oldest family owned cheese company. Rumiano Cheese Company is the first and only cheese company in the world to have ach... Read more