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Non-GMO Project in Canada

[caption id="attachment_1733" align="alignright" width="300"] Closing panelists from the 2010 Canadian Organic Growers Conference in Toronto; from L to R: Michael Schmidt, Biodynamic Farmer and raw milk champion; Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the Non-GMO Project; Barbel Hohn, Germany's first Green Party Agriculture Minister; Wayne Roberts, PhD, author and Acting Manager of the Toronto Food Policy Council.[/caption] Following participation in the Guelph Organic Conference outside Toron... Read more

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

Project Hires New Outreach Coordinator

The Non-GMO Project is excited to announce its newest addition to the team, Sara Young. Sara was selected from over 100 applicants and 8 interviewees to replace Camille Frazier as Outreach Coordinator. Camille has done an outstanding job in the role, but is leaving to travel in Italy and attend graduate school. Sara will take over the responsibilities of reaching out to retailers and manufacturers in the natural and organic products industry, supporting the Project’s Executive Director, Megan ... 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