Recently, animal-free dairy proteins have entered the marketplace as ingredients in a variety of food products, including milk, ice cream, and cake mix. To date, these products have featured Perfect Day’s synbio animal-free whey proteins. However, Perfect Day is not the only company developing these synbio proteins, which are produced using genetically modified microorganisms in a process often referred to as precision fermentation. It’s important to note that all products of new gen... Read more
Betterland Foods™ – Food that is better for whom?
Animal-free food alternatives continue to enter the marketplace with great fanfare. Many of these products are created using synthetic biology, also known as synbio, a technique that involves the genetic engineering of microorganisms to create novel ingredients that an unmodified microorganism could never produce – such as dairy or whey proteins. It’s important to note that all products of new genetic engineering techniques, includ... Read more
Is a GE heat-tolerant cow a good thing?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that a genetically engineered (GE) cow poses a low risk and does not raise any safety concerns, making it safe for human consumption. The angus cow (Bos taurus) has been engineered using CRISPR-Cas9 to be more heat-tolerant based on genetic differences identified in other breeds that are either naturally more heat-tolerant or have been cross-bred over time to be better able to thrive in wa... Read more
Let them eat cake? It’s vegan— but it’s also GMO
Perfect Day and its affiliate the Urgent Company are exploring new avenues for Perfect Day’s genetically engineered (GE), animal-free dairy and whey proteins.
Late last year, the Urgent Company released a new dessert under its Brave Robot brand: the Climate Hero Super Cake mix. The new offering is a vegan cake mix made with Perfect Day’s animal-free whey proteins as an egg substitute. The product is marketed to consumers... Read more
More synbio GMOs hitting the grocery store courtesy of Modern Kitchen
After years of development, products of synthetic biology (synbio) are now entering the marketplace. We first heard about Perfect Day’s synbio dairy proteins (made using genetically engineered microbes) when they were introduced in Brave Robot ice cream. However, ice cream was just the beginning. A range of new products created using synbio are poised to enter the marketplace at an increasing pace.
The Urgent Compa... Read more
Synbio Egg White Proteins Make Their Debut
“No chicken needed.” With the help of genetic engineering, one company is making animal-free egg proteins a reality. In this case, the proteins are made through synthetic biology using genetically engineered yeast. Products of synthetic biology are considered GMOs by the Non-GMO Project Standard and, if you’ve been tracking this newsletter you’ll know, represent a new tidal wave of GMOs entering the marketplace.
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How was your plant-based “meat” made?
More than ever, consumers are turning to plant-based meat alternatives as a way to show their solidarity with nature and their commitment to more sustainable practices. However, it’s important to note that some of these products are made with GMOs, and more are likely on the way. When ingredients are made using biotechnology, including genetically engineered microorganisms (commonly referred to as "synbio" — short for synthetic biology), the... Read more
Beauty is big biz. So it’s no surprise that GMOs are quickly making their way into personal care products. Using synthetic biology, companies can produce ingredients such as collagen and yes, even spider silk proteins! Here are two companies advancing the use of GMO-made spider silk proteins in body care products. Synthetic biology—which most often refers to the use of genetically engineered microbes—is defined as a GMO technique by our Standard.
Bolt Threads Partners with Ginkgo Bi... Read more
If you’re one who prefers animal-free products, vegan collagen might be up your alley. But if you wish to avoid GMOs, you’ll want to stop and consider how exactly that collagen was made. If it involved synbio, it would fall squarely under the Non-GMO Project Standard’s definition of a GMO product. That’s because synbio is the genetic engineering of microorganisms. Today, we look at how synbio collagen is expanding from skin care products into food and drink.
Geltor Releases Its Ne... Read more
Moolec Science is Genetically Engineering Animal-Plant Hybrids
As our research team uncovers the frontiers of genetic engineering, we often think, “You just can’t make this stuff up!” Today, we have an alert for you about the exploitation of plants to create animal proteins. It’s one more reason to carefully track the inputs used to make your ingredients and products—and to stay informed! All products of new genetic engineering techniques are defined as GMOs by the Project’s... Read more
Brands use Perfect Day® Synbio Proteins to Create GE Ice Cream
As animal-free food alternatives rise in popularity, some brands are turning to synthetic biology—or synbio—to make these products. What is synbio? As it’s used in the market today, synbio is a GMO technique that involves the modification of microorganisms to create ingredients, such as dairy proteins or flavorings. In this edition of New GMO Alerts, we take a quick look at several ice cream brands using synbio ingredi... Read more
AquAdvantage® Genetically Modified Salmon Ready for U.S. Commercial Launch
Welcome to the second edition of our New GMO Alerts newsletter! One of the Non-GMO Project’s primary goals is to create greater transparency in the supply chain, empowering you to make informed choices about the ingredients you use or the brands you choose. As the only U.S. organization exclusively dedicated to monitoring the development and commercialization of GMOs, we feel it’s important to share this in... Read more
Two Calyxt® TALEN® gene-edited products in the marketplace
Every day, our researchers at the Non-GMO Project monitor the rapidly changing GMO landscape, including development and commercialization of GMOs by over 400 companies. Two recent announcements caught our eye, in part, because they could have implications for the supply chain. These products may potentially be marketed and sold as non-GMO. Please note, however, that products using gene-editing techniques fall squarely into the Non-G... Read more
Please review Understanding Biotechnology: What is a GMO? for GMO basics.
THE EMERGENCE OF NEW GMOS
For the past 25 years, genetically modified organisms have been largely limited to transgenic crops and animals: organisms that have been genetically modified by combining the DNA from two or more different species. This is beginning to change. GMOs are now being created with newer genetic engineering techniques, some of which do not involve transgenic technologies. The Non-GMO Project is commit... Read more
The potato has been added to the High-Risk list of the Non-GMO Project Standard. The Non-GMO Project considers crops and inputs to be “High-Risk” when there is a high likelihood of GMO contamination in the conventional and non-GMO supply chain.
The Non-GMO Project uses a risk matrix to determine the Standard’s High-Risk list. The risk matrix focuses on key criteria, including the number of acres planted, commercial availability, the presence in the supply chain, u... Read more
It has come to the Non-GMO Project’s attention that a producer of soy and soybean oil (Calyxt) is entering into contracts to sell a new high-oleic acid soybean variety developed with the gene editing technique TALEN. Though this TALEN soy variety does not contain transgenes in the finished product, it was developed using biotechnology and is therefore a GMO. Products made with this soy are not eligible for Verification under the Non-GMO Project Standard. The Project will be ensuring complianc... Read more