News + Updates

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

Webinar for Fall 2009 Public Comment

The Non-GMO Project Standard is now open for public comment until November 10th. During this fifth public comment period, the Project will, for the first time, host a webinar on the Standard. The webinar will focus on the contents, scope, requirements, and variances of the Non-GMO Project Standard, with an emphasis on making the document accessible to those for whom it is a first review. The session will also be valuable to those who are already familiar with the Standard; we will be cover... 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