Joyce de Brevannes, Non-GMO Project
Title: Guest Contributor

Joyce lives in southern California and has worked in many aspects of the natural food industry. In her spare time, you will find Joyce hiking, biking, exploring farmer’s markets and finding any excuse to hang out with dogs.

Articles by this contributor:

turkey and rolls
November 12, 2016

Non-GMO Bird is the Word

Just because I’m a vegetarian, doesn’t mean I don’t cook up a tantalizing turkey come Thanksgiving. While I am enjoying my Field Roast Hazelnut-Cranberry Roast En Croute (and a ton of side dishes!), my guests will feast on what I believe is the simplest, healthiest and most delicious turkey ever to grace a table. No… » Read more

August 30, 2016

Look for the Butterfly at the meat counter

The approved FSIS Non-GMO Project Verified Seal is vertical instead of the traditional horizontal verification mark to distinguish the products that carry it. Recently, the Food Safety and Inspection (FSIS) branch of the USDA issued new guidance around GMO claims for meat, poultry and liquid eggs. What does this mean for you? You may see… » Read more

United Plates of America
July 15, 2016

The United Plates of America

UPDATE:  President Obama signed S 764 on July 29th, 2016 (this blog was originally published on July 15th, 2016). On July 14th, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Congress’ National Bioengineered Labeling Bill, dubbed by supporters of transparency as the DARK (“Deny Americans the Right to Know”) Act. In absolute defiance of the will… » Read more

Living Non-GMO Bill of Rights
July 4, 2016

Living Non-GMO “Bill of Rights”

I’ve been working with the Project for two years now, and it has been truly inspiring to witness the impact we are having on our food supply. From brands to retailers to YOU, together we are making great strides towards building a non-GMO future. In celebration of Independence Day and Vermont’s labeling law taking effect, I started thinking about freedom… » Read more

June 25, 2016

Field of Dreams

If you demand it, they will come… In April 2016, The New York Times reported that for the first time, acreage of GMO crops has declined. We want to take a moment to acknowledge that this change is due, in large part, because of you. In the six short years since the Butterfly first appeared… » Read more

Let's Talk Dirt, Year of the Soil
May 27, 2016

Let’s Talk Dirt

How does your non-GMO garden grow? Planting an edible garden is a rewarding way to know your food. And one of the most important steps in ensuring you have a successful garden is assessing the quality of your soil. I used to think I had a black thumb because I would spend all this time planting… » Read more

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April 18, 2016

This Product is Made with GMOs

  Small Changes Create Big Change The Non-GMO Project was started by a small group of retailers in 2007. Since the first Non-GMO Project Verified seal appeared in grocery stores in 2010, the Butterfly has grown to become the market’s trusted standard for GMO avoidance. This growth is based on the decisions you are making every time you… » Read more

February 11, 2016

Sweet News about Non-GMO Sugar

February 14th is fast approaching and thoughts naturally turn to sweets for your sweetheart. Unfortunately, many of the most popular candies contain high-risk genetically modified ingredients: sugar, soy lecithin, corn syrup, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, and cornstarch. The good news is, there are currently more than 1,500 items in our Non-GMO Project Verified “Candy, Chocolate,… » Read more

January 15, 2016

Changemakers Change Acres

Here at the Non-GMO Project, we are putting the finishing touches on our strategic planning for 2016. This not only gives us an opportunity to celebrate our achievements, but allows us to look forward into the future…and what a bright future it is! It’s hard to believe that before 2010, Non-GMO Project Verified products hadn’t… » Read more

The Best Advice My Mom Ever Gave Me, Joyce de Brevannes and Mom
May 8, 2015

Best Advice My Mom Ever Gave Me

Each Mother’s Day, I can’t help but reflect on how my mom’s advice continues to guide me, and my work at the Non-GMO Project. When I first started writing this piece, so many of her insights (and quite a few rules!) came flooding back. If I had to choose the top three things my mom instilled… » Read more

Make it a Habit, Label Reading
April 8, 2015

Make it a Habit! Label Reading

Studies show that it takes three weeks to create a new habit. Some decisions to change our habits can happen in a moment. Others develop over time. I remember when I became a vegetarian many decades ago – it was the first time I had to cook Thanksgiving dinner on my own. Wrestling with that… » Read more

Joyce de Brevannes takes the Non-GMO Challenge
April 1, 2015

Take the Non-GMO Challenge

Every April, the Non-GMO Project hosts the Non-GMO Challenge—a month-long photo campaign that invites and unites people across the U.S. and Canada in making promises to avoid GMOs – for a day, for a week, for a month, for good – whatever feels most comfortable. Last year, hundreds of amazing photos were submitted. It was… » Read more

Ron Finley, Sowing Seeds of Change
March 19, 2015

Sowing Seeds of Change

“Food is the problem and food is the solution.” How does your garden grow? Well, if you are Ron Finley, your garden is thriving, not only with beautiful produce and sunflowers, but also with the support of a passionate community. His work is grounded in a very simple thought: “Food is the problem and food… » Read more

December 1, 2014


A few short months ago, my life changed. I relocated from Los Angeles to begin a new adventure in Bellingham, Washington. While I had visited the Pacific Northwest and lived in Portland, I had never seen the stunning natural beauty of this town, located on a bay between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. Even their motto,… » Read more

Chanterelle Mushrooms
November 16, 2014

Kitchen Sync

Call it Seasonal Food for the Soul, that wonderful something that happens when you synchronize your cooking and your life to the rhythms of nature.

Shopping Non-GMO Infographic
October 2, 2014

Shopping Non-GMO