Title: Business Information Specialist

Randall Coleman has more than 6 years of program and data management experience in the certification industry including LEED®, ENERGYSTAR®, ISO 17024, ISO 14000 series, and most recently at the Non-GMO Project. He is passionate about helping environmental and social organizations make better decisions using data, and is particularly interested in addressing the food system. Prior to joining the Non-GMO Project, he consulted for various non-profit, for-profit, and intergovernmental organizations providing expertise on research, sustainability, and database management.

His interests in food led Randall to co-found an international development NGO (Can YA Love) that works with people around the world to grow healthy food in densely urban spaces using vertical gardens. He is also the creator and facilitator of The Food Trade Game, an experiential learning tool to facilitate dialogue and action, and to create a more economically just food system. You can see his work on sustainable development and food systems in various publications and speaking engagements in the U.S. and Canada, as well as the UK, Germany, Colombia, and Kenya.

Away from work Randall enjoys making music and playing in the garden with his wife.

Articles by this contributor:


April 16, 2018

The Importance of Testing

The Non-GMO Project’s butterfly verification mark is North America’s most trusted and meaningful label for GMO avoidance. Consumers trust our label because the Non-GMO Project is a third-party verification program backed by North America’s most rigorous Standard for GMO avoidance. The Non-GMO Project’s product verification program has three main components: testing, traceability, and segregation. Each of… » Read more

Non-GMO Challenge
April 6, 2018

Your Favorite Brands are Taking the Non-GMO Challenge!

The Non-GMO Challenge is a month-long celebration that gives shoppers, brands, and retailers the opportunity to make meaningful non-GMO commitments. Our Education and Outreach sponsors are taking the Challenge! Find Non-GMO Project Verified products from our sponsors using the product search on Living Non-GMO. Trans-Ocean How is your brand celebrating the Non-GMO Challenge this year? We are offering… » Read more


April 3, 2018

More Stores, More Choices: Retailers go Non-GMO

As the demand for non-GMO goods and products continues to climb, conventional retailers are devoting more shelf space to the organic and non-GMO brands that appeal to conscientious shoppers. It seems that the Butterfly is everywhere, and traditional retailers are taking note. Seemingly overnight, natural grocery retailers and co-ops—once the exclusive channels for organic and… » Read more

Non-GMO Challenge
March 27, 2018

Take the #NonGMOChallenge!

Take the #NonGMOChallenge and make a pledge to eat non-GMO snacks, one non-GMO meal a day, or commit to go non-GMO for the whole month! There are countless ways to pledge, so get creative! Each food choice helps drive change across the world. View the full version of this infographic Learn more about the Non-GMO… » Read more

Monarch Butterfly Non-GMO Project Precautionary Principle
March 26, 2018

The Precautionary Principle: Let’s Protect Our Food Supply Together!

What is the Precautionary Principle? Better safe than sorry. Err on the side of caution. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We have many ways to say that it is wise to avoid foreseeable problems whenever possible. This idea is so important that the governments of the world created the precautionary… » Read more

Non-GMO milk from cows on non-GMO feed
March 20, 2018

Dairies East and West See Opportunities with Non-GMO Milk

This article was written by Ken Roseboro, Editor of  The Organic & Non-GMO Report, and was originally published at non-gmoreport.com. It has been re-posted with permission from The Organic & Non-GMO Report. At Trickling Springs Creamery switching to non-GMO milk production has been a long-time company goal, according to Joe Miller, director of marketing and… » Read more


March 13, 2018

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day — The Non-GMO Way

I can still feel it — the cool sea breeze blowing through my hair as I sat on a grassy hill during a summer trip to the small fishing village of Howth, Ireland. I was young, I was adventurous, and I was sampling the best beers the region had to offer. As St. Patrick’s Day… » Read more


February 23, 2018

Hundreds of Grocery Stores Say “No” to GMO Salmon—Will Yours?

The Non-GMO Project team is fortunate to call the beautiful Pacific Northwest our home. We bike, climb, run, ski, hike, kayak, sail, and play in our natural environment every day, and we enjoy an amazing view of the Salish Sea from our offices. Orca whales, river otters, sea birds, and more than 250 species of… » Read more


February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Non-GMO Project!

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Non-GMO Project! In appreciation of your support, we’re spreading the love by sharing one of our favorite cupcake recipes from our resident baker. Gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan, these cupcakes are a yummy, allergy friendly dessert for your sweetheart or little ones. They can be eaten on their own, or filled… » Read more


February 5, 2018

Where do GMOs Show Up in My Food?

With new forms of genetic engineering like synthetic biology and gene editing now entering the marketplace, keeping GMOs out of your shopping basket is tricker than ever. Use this infographic to learn more about high-risk crops and inputs so you can make an informed choice about whether or not to consume genetically modified organisms. Download… » Read more


December 7, 2017

Non-GMO Holiday Meal Essentials

To celebrate this season of togetherness, gratitude, and gatherings filled with food, we’ve teamed up with our Education and Outreach Sponsor WOODSTOCK to bring you a holiday guide for GMO avoidance. Whether your serving up a meal for twenty or simply want to integrate non-GMO choices into your diet this winter, this infographic has got… » Read more


November 21, 2017

The Heart of the Holidays 2017

Generate non-GMO goodwill with gifts and choices that keep on giving. In a world where the profound differences between those who “have” and those who “have less” have grown increasingly more visible, the joy of holiday gift giving offers a singular opportunity to make the spirit of the season even more meaningful. Many of the… » Read more


November 21, 2017

Bt Crops and their Ecosystems

The Latest News on Bt A GMO, or genetically modified organism, is a plant, animal, microorganism or other organism whose genetic makeup has been modified in a laboratory using genetic engineering or transgenic technology. This creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and virus genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding… » Read more


November 17, 2017

Celebrate the Non-GMO Harvest

During this season of gratitude, we at the Non-GMO Project would like to express our deepest thanks to the non-GMO farmers across the globe who help ensure our access to non-GMO food choices. Join us in the celebrating the 2017 growing season’s non-GMO harvest! Click the below infographic to view it in full screen!    You… » Read more


October 17, 2017

Your Body is Boodaful: Non-GMO Skincare by Booda Organics

Booda Organics’ facility is vibrant, yet tranquil, and manages to feel sunny and warm even though it’s located in rainy Bellingham, Washington. As we were shown around by co-founder, Sheana Pickard, we were struck by how different their space is from any production facility we’ve seen before. The walls are cream and teal with pops… » Read more


October 13, 2017

Your Guide to a Non-GMO Halloween

Ensure your Halloween goodie bag isn’t filled with GMO tricks! Use this educational guide to make an informed choice about which candies to avoid during this frightfully festive season.   You might also like…


October 10, 2017

The Buzz about Cross-Pollination

While summer may be over, the growing season is not! Fall is a time of the year that farmers everywhere grow bounties of insta-worthy squash, pumpkins, and other fall-harvest crops. What’s the key to this season of abundance? Pollination. In order for flowering plant species to create seeds and reproduce, they must transfer pollen from… » Read more


October 1, 2017

What is the “Modified” in Modified Corn Starch?

Here at the Project, we have received an influx of queries about modified corn starch over the past few weeks. Let’s talk about modified corn starch! The “modified” in modified corn starch (and other types of modified starches) does not stand for genetically modified. In this context, “modified” simply means that the corn starch has… » Read more


September 22, 2017

Animal Feed is the Key to a Non-GMO Future

If you eat dairy, eggs, meat, or other animal products, choosing items that are Non-GMO Project Verified is the single biggest way you can help protect a non-GMO future. That’s because the majority of genetically engineered crop acres in the United States are used for animal feed, and the Non-GMO Project is the only seal… » Read more


September 21, 2017

Celebrate Non-GMO Month this October!

We have a lot to celebrate during our 8th annual, and biggest ever, Non-GMO Month in October. Harvest season is a natural time to reap what we have sown and appreciate the fruits of our labor. At the Non-GMO Project, we are grateful for a bountiful year of growth in participation from product brands and… » Read more


August 22, 2017

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 18, 2017

The Importance of Third-Party Verification: Presented by NutriGold

The following blog originally appeared on NutriGold’s website. NurtiGold is a Leadership Outreach and Education Sponsor and has over 50 Non-GMO Project Verified products, and we thank them for their continued support of our mission! Concerned consumers often wonder if the claims on product labels are actually true. They want to buy healthy, environmentally-friendly products and… » Read more


August 17, 2017

GMOs in Canada: What You Should Know

Polls spanning the last twenty years have consistently shown that the majority of Canadian consumers want meaningful GMO labeling on the products they purchase for themselves and their families. The most recent poll shows that 78% of Canadian consumers want GMO foods labeled. Despite this, on May 17, 2017 Canadian Members of Parliament voted down… » Read more


August 16, 2017

Celebrate National Honey Bee Day with the Non-GMO Project and Wedderspoon

To celebrate National Honey Bee Day on Saturday, August 19th, we teamed up with our Education and Outreach Sponsor Wedderspoon to see what all the buzz about non-GMO honey is about! Check out the graphic below to learn more! You might also like…


July 31, 2017

Where’s the Beef? The Truth About Vegan Meat

Veggie lovers are still a force to be reckoned with. An estimated 7.3 million Americans are vegetarian – and 1 million of those people are vegans, who consume no animal products at all. Sales of “fake meat” products have exploded in the last few years, and it’s easier than ever to find veggie options while… » Read more


July 18, 2017

Become a Non-GMO Grilling Guru

Are you taking advantage of the summer sunshine by moving your dinner preparations outside? Summer is a wonderful time to perfect the art of grilling, and while I’m no Steven Raichlen, I have been known to grill up a pretty mean kebab from time to time! Did you know that 92% of corn cultivated in… » Read more


July 6, 2017

Care for Your Skin, Care for Your Body

July is in full swing, which means plenty of fun in the great outdoors. While protecting your skin from ultraviolet radiation is especially important this time of year, protecting your skin from substandard ingredients in topical products is important all year long. Skin is the largest organ in the human body. It helps protect us… » Read more


July 3, 2017

Summer’s on my Mind, and so is Sweet Corn

Summer is here, which means backyard barbecues, water balloon fights, and lots of delicious sweet corn! You can bet that at just about every BBQ, someone will throw sweet corn on the grill or bring a hearty helping of buttery succotash. While we all love fresh corn on the cob straight from our local market… » Read more


June 21, 2017

Non-GMO Milk Is On The Rise

I’ve been here a thousand times. Standing in the dairy aisle for what seems like hours, unable to pick one of countless milk cartons decorated with cute cows and happy farmers. My indecision isn’t because there are too few options, it’s because I want to feel good about where my food comes from; I want… » Read more


June 12, 2017

The Next Generation Of Genetically Modified Foods Needs Better Regulation

This article was written by Dana Perls, Senior Food and Technology Campaigner for Friends of the Earth, and was originally published on STAT News. It has been re-posted with permission from STAT. “The apple that never browns wants to change your mind about genetically modified foods.” That headline in the Washington Post is just one… » Read more


June 7, 2017

Regenerative Agriculture: Growing Techniques to Build Soil and Sequester Carbon

The Non-GMO Project celebrates brands and individuals who are committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products. The following blog originally appeared on High Mowing Organic Seeds Company’s website. High Mowing Organic Seeds Company has over 500 Non-GMO Project Verified products. Thank you for being leaders in non-GMO and taking steps to provide a safe and healthy… » Read more


June 1, 2017

Lessons From the Garden: How I Learned to Grow Non-GMO

With the last of winter’s frost behind us and longer, brighter days ahead, it’s the perfect time to start planting the seeds of a non-GMO food supply right in our own backyards. If you’re like me and have never tended to a garden of your own, the idea of home gardening can seem like a… » Read more


May 24, 2017

Who in the World is Nikolai Vavilov?

Wandering around our local farmers’ market in Bellingham, WA last weekend, I stumbled on a food vendor called “Café Vavilov.” Their stand was small and their menu was inconspicuously written in black marker on a scroll of brown butcher paper, but the vibrant hues and varied textures displayed in their dishes instantly drew my attention…. » Read more


May 22, 2017

Don’t Be Chicken: Raise Non-GMO Hens

Why did the chicken cross the road? To eat Non-GMO Project Verified feed, of course! Spring is in the air and we are excited to welcome all the baby animals that are born this time of year – especially chicks! Since 1996, poultry farmers have fed genetically modified grains and oilseeds to their chicken flocks… » Read more


May 10, 2017

Reflections from a Non-GMO Mom

To help us celebrate mothers around the world who are making informed food choices for their families, Annie’s Snack Brand Manager Lisa Prange shares how looking for the Butterfly gives her confidence on the job and as a mom. Every mom hopes to give her kids a childhood of simplistic joy: Big bear hugs, contagious lighter,… » Read more


May 1, 2017

Nellie

I pledge to use Non-GMO Project products and boycott all the GMO products by growing our own food as we have for 10 years now. Making good choices and living a healthier lifestyle. We love the Non-GMO Project! You might also like…


May 1, 2017

Lynne

…eliminating all GMOs from my diet and world. I will fight endlessly in every way to stop the madness. I’m sick and cannot go out because of GMOs and the poisons that go with them. My commitment is to stay alive. You might also like…


May 1, 2017

Kate

I pledge to buy local and organic foods and not letting my son be treated like a guinea pig. You might also like…


May 1, 2017

Hope

Buy non-GMO products and help educate my relatives and friends about how non-GMO is better healthier choice plus many more reasons. You might also like…


May 1, 2017

Beverly

Continuing living naturally and pass my love on to others. You might also like…


May 1, 2017

Laura

I pledge to buy non-GMO foods and buy organic. I also will not purchase partially genetically engineered foods. You might also like…


May 1, 2017

Mellionie

I pledge to eat healthier, lose weight, and live a healthy lifestyle. You might also like…


May 1, 2017

Leslie

Feed not only my family non-GMO, but others as well. I pledge to be a non-GMO snack mom!! You might also like…


May 1, 2017

Michaela

I pledge to switching all the products in my household to all the non-GMO products available in my region. You might also like…


May 1, 2017

Megan

For the non-GMO challenge, I have committed to grow only non-GMO vegetables and flowers in my urban garden. Being an avid gardener my main concern is for my health and my family. In addition to my own health, I have pledged to provide health, sanctuary, and food to our pollinators. With GMO crops requiring pesticides… » Read more


May 1, 2017

Kristin

Always choose NON-GMO! You might also like…


May 1, 2017

Lisa

I pledge to visit the online non-GMO shopping guide often. You might also like…


May 1, 2017

Ana

I pledge to train, race, and live clean. As a full-time spouse, mother, and marathoner, I take pride in making meals or having healthy snacks that are good for us and supports our local farmers and environment. You might also like…


April 28, 2017

Michael

I will only grow non-GMO foods on my farm, now & forever. You might also like…


April 28, 2017

Charlene

I commit to eating and using more non-GMO foods and products for the balance of 2017. You might also like…