Title: Resource Coordinator

As Resource Coordinator for the Non-GMO Project, Linda supports the Standards & Verification team by researching and monitoring GMO developments and trends, including synthetic biology. She first became interested in GMOs about 15 years ago when she had the opportunity to meet Dr. Vanaja Ramprasad, Founding Trustee of India’s GREEN Foundation, and discuss her work to foster and preserve biodiversity, sustainable agriculture, and the ability of small-scale farmers to achieve and maintain economic independence. Linda brings to the Project over 25 years’ experience in the environmental consulting field and is happy to have the opportunity to merge her environmental knowledge with her personal goals to support local, organic and non-GMO food production.

Articles by this contributor:

February 14, 2017

Discover the Butterfly

The Non-GMO Project Butterfly has soared over the past ten years. There are now more than 43,000 Non-GMO Project Verified products and we work with thousands of retailers and brands across North America. We fundamentally believe that all consumers have a right to know what is in their food and deserve access to non-GMO choices…. » Read more

February 13, 2017

Spreading Non-GMO Love

You may not know me, but will you be my Valentine?  Perhaps a veil of mystery surrounding a secret admirer would make us giddy, but from a chocolate bar’s ingredient list—definitely not. Behind the heart-shaped treats wrapped in innocent pink wrappers, many of the chocolate goodies exchanged on Valentine’s Day contain hidden high-risk GMO ingredients…. » Read more

February 13, 2017

Sharing Non-GMO Love

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we visited a factory that produces Non-GMO Project Verified chocolate. Learn more about the Theo chocolate company and see their full line of Verified chocolate on livingnongmo.org. Happy Non-GMO Valentine’s Day!

Living Non-GMO Skincare Mask Ingredients, Non-GMO Project Verified Oats, Honey, Yogurt
February 7, 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day to Me

“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson It is important to take the time and make the effort to do nice things for one’s self. For many of us, daily demands make it too easy to put ourselves at the end of the line, rather… » Read more

February 1, 2017

The Non-GMO Potato Chip Nacho

Be your Super Bowl party’s MVP with this tasty recipe! Thanks to Kettle Brand Chips for being one of our Education and Outreach Sponsors. Their support makes our mission possible.

January 25, 2017

The Opal of My Eye

  It is hard to imagine getting excited about a variety of apple, but there is a new fruit in our midst that’s a major game changer. The Opal is a truly non-browning apple—yes, you heard that right, this fruit naturally doesn’t brown when it’s cut open. Our family loves fresh produce year round, and… » Read more

January 1, 2017

Eating Clean in 2017

Eating clean is about eating foods that avoid GMOs and other harmful ingredients. I’ve been eating clean for over a decade and it’s helped me heal from 10 years of chronic illness. As many of you know, GMOs are created in a lab and exist in many of the foods lining the aisles of our… » Read more

December 23, 2016

Top 10 Non-GMO Wins of 2016

Looking back on 2016, it is undeniable that the non-GMO movement is more united and stronger than ever. Millions of people across North America have mobilized to send a message loud and clear: everyone has a right to know what is in their food and deserves access to non-GMO choices. We’d like to extend our… » Read more

December 22, 2016

Why the Non-GMO Project Verifies Low-Risk Ingredients

One of the most common questions we get at the Non-GMO Project is why we verify products that are seemingly not at risk or at low-risk of being produced from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). While it may seem strange to have Non-GMO Project Verified salt or fruit, there are several important reasons that we verify… » Read more

December 20, 2016

Happy New Year!

At this time 10 years ago, I was volunteering full-time to create a new non-profit organization called the Non-GMO Project. Our small group working on the effort had given up hope that government would ever give consumers the information they need to know about GMOs. Meanwhile, we saw that shoppers were increasingly concerned about GMOs and looking for… » Read more

December 15, 2016

At the Heart of the Holidays – 2016

Generate non-GMO goodwill with gifts that keep on giving. We published our first “… non-GMO gifts that keep on giving …” blog last year.  The response was so positive that we decided to update it for 2016.  For more gift ideas, revisit our 2015 list here.   In a world where the profound differences between… » Read more

November 18, 2016

7th Annual Non-GMO Month Crosses the Finish Line

The natural transition from one season to the next fills us with anticipation and the sense of moving forward, while at the same time, reflecting on where we’ve been.  With Non-GMO Month behind us and as we ease into the final months of the year, our thoughts turn to gratitude, contemplation and hope. This year offered… » Read more

November 14, 2016

Feasting on Non-GMO Veggies

Food, family, and dear friends My annual holiday traditions are filled with the people and dishes I treasure most. The blustery weather that accompanies the fall harvest stimulates my appetite for nurturing, wholesome food. I enjoy serving my family platters of plant-based edibles that highlight holiday flavors and textures. Cooking with non-GMO fruits and vegetables—both… » Read more

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

November 10, 2016

Tweets for a Non-GMO Holiday!

Nov 15th, 12:00 pm PST, twitter.com/nongmoproject, #NonGMOHolidayCheer Don’t miss this seasonal Non-GMO Holiday Twitter Party from the Non-GMO Project. Gobble up non-GMO ideas, wash it down with a list of refreshing recipes and serve it with a side of fabulous prizes! With Thanksgiving around the corner and holiday menu planning in full swing, be sure you’re… » Read more

October 25, 2016

Don’t Let GMOs Haunt You

Whether you’re the parent escorting your child from house to house, the person monitoring the door or the reveler nibbling on the plunder, chances are you have faced the annual dilemma of offering up a healthier Halloween experience without putting a damper on the fun. GMOs show up in more than 80% of the foods we… » Read more

October 19, 2016

Why Choose the Butterfly?

Happy Non-GMO Month! We hope you’ll join us in celebrating your right to choose non-GMO products for yourselves and your families. Our non-profit organization has accomplished incredible feats since starting ten years ago; the Non-GMO Project Verified seal is now carried on 40,000+ products across the U.S. and Canada, more than 2,300 retailers have registered… » Read more

October 13, 2016

Join the Non-GMO Corn Revolution!

To help celebrate Non-GMO Month, we’ve collaborated with Our Little Rebellion, a family of Non-GMO Project Verified popped snacks, to inspire an American revolution in support of non-GMO corn! And what better way to reveal our crusade than with crop art cut from a non-GMO field? To kick off the movement, we’re are asking U.S… » Read more

October 12, 2016

GMOs are Upsetting the Apple Cart

An American tradition Chilly October mornings and the smell of autumn leaves accompany the thumps of falling apples across North America. Apple cider, crisp, pie, butter, baked, bobbing, and of course eating fresh off the tree all make this my favorite fruit season of the year. The apple has a long romantic history in both my… » Read more

October 11, 2016

Creepin’ It Real

Avoiding GMOs on the trickiest day of the year I can’t explain it. The air turns brisk, the days grow short and before the first leaf has fallen from the trees, my internal clock starts its countdown to Halloween. I get giddy at the thought of glowing jack-o’-lanterns, gauzy spider webs and anything orange and… » Read more

September 30, 2016

Non-GMO Month 2016: 10 Ways to Get Involved!

Thousands of natural food and conventional grocery stores all across the U.S. and Canada are taking part in the seventh annual Non‐GMO Month, a 31-day celebration to educate the public and spotlight Non-GMO Project Verified choices on shelves. This month-long event provides a platform for organizations and citizens like you to stand up for non-GMO… » Read more

September 1, 2016

Tips for Packing a Non-GMO Lunchbox

One of the best things about starting a new school year is the opportunity to develop new habits. The classroom is organized, desks are clean, and your child’s backpack is full of untouched school supplies. All of these are reminders of the fresh start that comes with being another grade older.  Make the most of… » 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

August 16, 2016

Look at Those Labels!

As parents, protecting our children’s health and safety is our number one priority. From the very beginning, we’re baby-proofing the house, choosing cribs and toys that don’t contain lead paint, cutting our kids’ food into teeny-tiny bites, holding hands when we cross the street…the list goes on and on. What about GMOs? What are they… » Read more

August 5, 2016

GMO Labels on the Table in Canada

A scene from MODIFIED, a new film by Aube Giroux When I began working on a documentary film about GMO labeling nine years ago, most people I spoke to didn’t know what a GMO was. Public awareness and understanding of GMOs has come a long way since then, but the struggle for clear labeling continues. While 65… » Read more

July 29, 2016

Shining Light on the DARK Act

On July 29th, 2016, President Obama signed off on a historically discriminatory and fatally flawed GMO labeling bill. In the wake of the signing, many of us are feeling defeated and heartbroken. This new legislation was created with a single purpose in mind—to destroy the incredible grassroots momentum of powerful GMO labeling bills put forward… » Read more

July 20, 2016

Megan Westgate speaks at Danone Press Conference

On July 14th, 2016, leaders from Dannon, Green America, Just Label It, and the Non-GMO Project gathered in New York for a historic announcement. Dannon committed to go non-GMO with its top-selling brands: Oikos, Dannon and Danimals yogurt. By pledging to earn Non-GMO Project verification, Dannon will work with farmers to plant 80,000 acres of non-GMO crops for… » 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 30, 2016

Stop the DARK Act!

A majority of Senators have voted to move the DARK Act forward for a final vote on July 6. If ultimately passed, this bill would STOP state laws to label genetically engineered foods. It would take away GMO labels in stores that are already being provided in advance of Vermont’s GMO labeling law. It would… » Read more

June 28, 2016

Is it GMO? “Smart labels” aren’t enough

I come from a long line of farmers and gardeners. On the farm I raise mainly corn and soybeans like almost every other Iowa farmer. My ancestors couldn’t have imagined the diversity and disease resistance offered by the advances in conventional breeding. Fortunately, I have the choice to purchase the conventionally bred varieties rather than… » 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

June 3, 2016

Grow Your Food to Know Your Food

One of the most rewarding ways to eat non-GMO and the best way to know exactly where your food comes from is to grow your own food. Many of us here at the Non-GMO Project are avid gardeners, from large permaculture homesteads to square foot gardens in tiny yards in town to sprouting seeds on our… » Read more

June 1, 2016

Fire Up the Non-GMO Grill! Summer Meals in a Snap!

  Make the most of summer with these simple meal tips. The key is to keep it cool, easy and fresh! We’ve gathered these tips to bring a variety of globally inspired flavors into your home and keep the heat – and the GMOs – out! Add protein (quinoa, meats, tofu, beans, nuts, etc.) to… » 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

May 24, 2016

Fishy Business: GMO Salmon

This blog was originally published on November 30, 2015. It now contains recent updates. UPDATE | Pending Litigation The Center for Food Safety and a coalition of environmental and consumer advocacy groups filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration— disputing their November approval of AquaBounty’s GE salmon. The lawsuit, filed back in March, challenges the… » Read more

May 13, 2016

Living Non-GMO Summer Tips

Living non-GMO means making a commitment to avoid genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the products you buy, grow and bring into your home. It means understanding what is at risk for being GMO, reading labels and demanding transparency. It’s about your right to know, so that you can make non-GMO choices for you and your… » Read more

April 29, 2016


We commit to continuing to provide organic and Non-GMO Project Verified products to our fans as well as continuing to educate and help spread the word! #TeamNonGMO

April 27, 2016


I am the owner of the Organic Marketplace and Sprouts Cafe in Gastonia, NC. My staff and I are committed to educating our family, friends, and community about the efforts of the Non-GMO Project, and how to make a difference in our own lives.

April 27, 2016


Educate my students on the long-term health benefits of Non-GMO products; to respect our island of Guam and our planet by making the smart decision by choosing Non-GMO products.

April 25, 2016


Only plant Non-GMO seeds in my garden.

April 25, 2016


Use only non-GMO fruit and veggies & eggs. Use only non-GMO skincare. Use more organic non-GMO meats instead of just antibiotic free.

April 25, 2016


Choose non-GMO whenever possible!

April 25, 2016


Buy only non-GMO personal care products.

April 25, 2016


Eat organic, avoid GMOs.

April 25, 2016


Not buying anything that is not labelled non-GMO!

April 25, 2016


Use Non-GMO from head to toe!

April 25, 2016


Only use non-GMO hair care on these long locks!

April 25, 2016


We have a right to know what is in our food!!!

April 18, 2016

Mitsuki and Angelina

Work hard to promote non-GMOs!