Title: Communications Coordinator
Email: alli@nongmoproject.org

Non-GMO Project Communications Coordinator Alli Willis holds a BA from Western Washington University where she focused on technical writing and communications. Prior to joining the Non-GMO Project, Alli served as a copywriter for an SEO-focused public relations firm. Today, she develops engaging written content as part of the Non-GMO Project Communications team.

Alli also oversees nongmoproject.org and its companion site livingnongmo.org, where you can read her latest articles on all things non-GMO.

Articles by this contributor:

canola plants
August 7, 2019

Does Mutation Breeding Produce GMOs?

As we mentioned in our last post, breeding techniques don’t have to be low-tech in order to be non-GMO, but we hear from many of you that some modern takes on traditional breeding techniques don’t always feel completely natural. Quite a few of you would like to learn about mutation breeding this week, so let’s… » Read more


August 2, 2019

Technology and Crop Breeding: What’s NOT a GMO?

If you read last week’s blog, you know that there is some ill-intentioned disagreement about what counts as a GMO. Consumers overwhelmingly rejected the first wave of GMOs, so biotech companies are mounting campaigns to convince the public that new GMOs aren’t actually GMOs. Meanwhile, these companies are also working hard to mix up biotechnology… » Read more

Monarch Butterfly Non-GMO Project Precautionary Principle
July 29, 2019

New Standard, Same Butterfly

The Newest Non-GMO Project Standard is Out Now! You already know that the Non-GMO Project is a nonprofit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. We believe everyone has a right to know what is in their food and deserves access to non-GMO choices and… » Read more


July 25, 2019

CRISPR and TALEN and RNAi, Oh My!

You already know about herbicide-tolerant crops, Bt crops, and other types of transgenic GMOs such as the AquAdvantage salmon—we’ve been talking about them for years. If you have been paying attention to the news, you have probably heard a little about CRISPR and the newest wave of GMOs. These technologies, which may be referred to… » Read more

Bee-Cause it Matters: Pollinator Week with Wedderspoon
June 17, 2019

Bee-cause It Matters

It’s National Pollinator Week, a time to celebrate all the living creatures who help humans grow crops. The Non-GMO Project uses a butterfly logo because pollinators are important to our shared food system and because we recognize the many human-caused problems they face. All humans rely on pollinators in order to eat! Pollinators are a… » Read more


May 31, 2019

Got Milk? Then Be Sure the Cows Steered Clear of GMO Alfalfa

Alfalfa, sometimes called lucerne, is the fourth-most prevalent crop in the United States. At least 18 million acres of alfalfa are grown in the US each year—this nutrient-dense legume makes up a sizeable portion of our farmland. Meant almost exclusively for animal feed, alfalfa is typically cut, dried, and bailed. It can also be stored… » Read more


May 21, 2019

Don’t be Caught off Gourd by GMO Zucchini

Zucchini, a delicious type of summer squash, is one of the lesser-known GMO risk crops. It is almost exclusively grown in the United States. There are only about 2,500 acres of GMO zucchini—that’s ten small family farms worth. While there are well over 200 different varieties of GMO corn, there are only two known GMO… » Read more

Non-GMO Project Verified Cotton
May 7, 2019

If You Eat Meat or Dairy, You Eat Cotton

We’re all familiar with cotton—this versatile crop is used to make a good portion of the clothing and other textiles most people use daily. However, these consumer goods represent only a small piece of cotton’s impact on our economic and environmental systems. Cotton is considered a high-risk crop under the Non-GMO Project Standard because GMO… » Read more


April 17, 2019

It’s All Going to Pot

Blame it on the Times You may have heard news about the Agricultural Improvement Act (commonly known as the farm bill) in the US and the Cannabis Act in Canada, both of which effectively legalized hemp and CBD. Despite these laws, the legal status of CBD as a food additive remains murky and confusing in… » Read more

Wild, non-GMO Atlantic Salmon
March 12, 2019

The World’s First GMO Salmon is Coming to America

GMO Salmon have made headlines before—check out our older blog for more details on the fishiest GMOs. AquAdvantage Salmon to be Sold in the United States On March 8, the American FDA lifted its ban on the import of the genetically modified AquAdvantage salmon created by AquaBounty Technologies. The FDA initially approved this GMO for… » Read more

Non-GMO Project Verified Non-GMO Canola
February 19, 2019

GMO Feature: Canola

Yes, There is Non-GMO Canola! Our readers write to us almost every day to ask why they saw canola in a Non-GMO Project Verified product. There’s a fairly pervasive misconception that all canola is genetically modified, but this is not true! Non-GMO canola does exist; when you see canola in a product bearing the Butterfly,… » Read more


February 7, 2019

What’s so Clean about “Clean Meat” Anyway?

You probably already know that the Non-GMO Project requires GMO testing all the way back to animal feed—it’s one component of our program that sets it apart from the new federal GMO labeling law and other GMO avoidance programs that don’t check out what animals eat. This is important because most GMOs are large-scale commodity crops… » Read more


January 23, 2019

Non-GMO Feed, Non-GMO Future!

Learn more about the importance of non-GMO animal feed and non-GMO eggs. Click to view the full-sized infographic. Thank you to our friends at NestFresh! You might also like…

Non-GMO Project Verified Non-GMO food and non-GMO snacks
January 9, 2019

Can You Tell Which GMOs Will Be Labeled under the NBFDS?

Read part one of this blog. Jump to quiz Jump to FAQs Read the NBFDS The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard requires some food producers to put labels on some products that contain GMOs. Unfortunately, there are two glaring problems with this law that mean consumers will still not be able to tell what is… » Read more

choosing non-GMO Project Verified products in the grocery store
January 4, 2019

Americans Deserve Better than the USDA’s GMO Labeling Law

After a lengthy delay, the USDA published the final National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS) in the Federal Register on December 21. This law, which you may have heard called the DARK Act, is the start of mandatory GMO labeling in the United States. It means that some—but not all—products containing GMOs will have to… » Read more

non-gmo project verified
December 21, 2018

State of the Non-GMO Landscape: Highlights of 2018

As we wrap up the calendar year, it’s time to look back at 2018. We celebrate our victories, we reflect on our hard work, and we express gratitude for the many people who helped us further our mission this year. The number of Non-GMO Project Verified products grew to 54,000 The Non-GMO Project’s key mission… » Read more

Russet Potato
October 31, 2018

The GMO Potato: What Consumers Need to Know

Jump to Frequently Asked Questions Read the Non-GMO Project Standard You’re probably aware of the best-known GMO crops such as corn, soy, and canola. Did you know that there are also GMO potatoes? They have been around since 2015, but it is just now that they are becoming widely available in the American food supply…. » Read more

spooky Halloween GMOs
October 26, 2018

It’s Alive: Spooky GMOs for Halloween

  Frankenfish The AquAdvantage salmon is the first genetically engineered animal available for purchase in North America. The mad scientists at AquaBounty Technologies spliced it together with parts from the Atlantic salmon, Chinook salmon, and the Ocean pout to produce a GMO fish that grows scary fast. The modified salmon is currently sold completely unlabeled… » Read more


September 26, 2018

Patented Plants: What do GMO Patents Mean for Farmers, Researchers, and Consumers?

In part one of this blog, we learned that the world’s largest chemical companies use patents to control the food supply. In part two we explore what this means for farmers, researchers, and consumers. What Do Patented GMOs Mean For Farmers? When farmers choose to plant GMO seeds, they must first sign a technology use… » Read more


September 21, 2018

Patented Plants: Who Owns Our Global Seed Supply?

At the Non-GMO Project, we believe that by encouraging a non-GMO seed supply, we are supporting the restoration of traditional seed breeding and the right of farmers to save and plant their own seeds and grow varieties of their choice. It’s one of our most important principles. But why do we need to restore these… » Read more


August 30, 2018

GMO Feature: Soybeans

Soybeans are one of the most prevalent commodity crops grown in North America today. At 89.1 million acres, American farmers planted more acres of soy than any other crop this year. However, most of that acreage is not producing food for humans. According to the USDA, just over 70 percent of that soy becomes animal… » Read more


August 14, 2018

GMO Feature: Corn

Corn: A Brief History Did you know that well over half of a typical American diet is derived from corn? It’s true, and if you’ll remember from The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan famously calls North Americans “processed corn, walking.” He’s not wrong, and since more than 90 percent of corn grown in North America is… » Read more

GMO sugar beet
June 25, 2018

GMO Feature: Sugar Beets

We Got the Beet Did you know humans have been growing and enjoying beets for more than 4,000 years? Beets, or Beta vulgaris, are part of the Caryophyllale family like cacti, carnations, succulents, and many types of carnivorous plants. Thousands of years ago, they had long, thin, fibrous roots and were grown primarily for their… » Read more


May 9, 2018

What is Scientific Consensus?

There is no scientific consensus on the safety of GMOs. According to a 2015 statement signed by 300 scientists, physicians and scholars, the claim of scientific consensus on GMOs frequently repeated in the media is “an artificial construct that has been falsely perpetuated.” In the newly-released film MODIFIED, renown researcher and UN Messenger of Peace… » Read more


April 24, 2018

Earth’s Best

Earth’s Best is committed to providing safe, nourishing foods made with non-GMO and organic ingredients. You might also like…


April 24, 2018

Annie’s Homegrown

Annie’s Homegrown is taking the#NonGMOChallenge by providing non-GMO snacks for every bunny, which makes us proud to include their products in our Non-GMO Dreambox giveaways. What will your pledge be? Learn more at livingnongmo.org! You might also like…


April 24, 2018

Glee Gum

#NonGMOChallenge accepted! We pledge to spread the GLEE with our non-GMO project verified gum + pops. Will you accept the challenge? You might also like…


April 24, 2018

Crofter’s

Crofter’s Organic believes everyone has the right to know what is in their food! You might also like…


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

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


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


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


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


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