sprouting seedling

The Magic — and the Monopoly — of Seeds

April 1, 2021

“Okay, you see this little bean that destroyed itself and gave you a new sprout?… Put that in the soil so you can get a hundred other ones, and then put one of those in the soil so you can get a thousand.” — Ron Finley, educator, activist, gangster gardener Seeds are magical things. Each seed… » Read more

What Could a Non-GMO Food System Look Like?

March 23, 2021

The term “non-GMO food system” is, on its own, a little vague. It identifies most clearly what it is not. Genetic modification is used to engineer a specific trait in an organism to achieve a particular outcome, such as crops that are tolerant to herbicide applications. But the practice fails to take into account the… » Read more

Pink GMO Pineapple

This Genetically Modified Pink Pineapple Can Be Yours — For $49

March 4, 2021

On October 13, 2020, fruit giant Del Monte Fresh released the Pinkglow Pineapple, a fruit that is genetically modified to produce pink flesh. Priced at up to $49, the Pinkglow is beyond the reach — and reason — of many consumers, which appears to suit Del Monte just fine. It is grown, marketed and sold… » Read more

Product Certifications

Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified: A Tale of Two Certifications

February 25, 2021

We’re often asked how Non-GMO Project Verification and USDA Organic Certification intersect. If “Organic is always non-GMO,” then what does the Non-GMO Project Verification mark offer to brands and shoppers? A lot! Let’s walk through it. The Non-GMO Project Verification Program is focused solely and deeply on GMOs, supported by testing and supply chain tracing…. » Read more