Melissa grew up in Vancouver, BC, surrounded by the natural beauty of Canada’s coastal forests.
Melissa traveled and studied fine art in the United States and Europe, earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Called back to the allure of the mountains, ocean, and even the rain, Melissa returned to the Pacific Northwest and now resides in Bellingham, Washington.
Melissa’s interest in food security and environmental sustainability began when she fell in with an intrepid group of urban farmers. Through them, she learned the real value of good food. She also learned that if you ever have the chance to go to a dinner hosted by farmers, say “YES!”. She is delighted to join the Non-GMO Project as Office Manager.
In her spare time, Melissa can be found gardening, drawing, and being tackled by her niece and nephew. Sometimes all at once.
Articles by this contributor:
January 14, 2020
Illustration by Melissa Waddell A century ago, the Roaring 20s ushered in an era of innovation, prosperity, cultural and societal change. These movements were not a choreographed affair, heading neatly in one direction. They surged this way and that, pushing against the boundaries of how life had been before the First World War. At the… » Read more
December 31, 2019
As we welcome the roaring 20s, let’s revisit the major GMO-related happenings of the past year. 2019 rode in on the back of the National Bioengineering Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS), a piece of regulation born to confuse, confound and mystify. At the Non-GMO Project, we worked hard this year to provide the transparency and reliability… » Read more
December 30, 2019
This is the in-between time. A one week lull between holiday blow-outs 1 and 2. While our individual traditions and beliefs may vary, some persistent themes dominate the season: we gather indoors with friends and family, and we eat. There is power in that simple act. Regardless of the Happy Holidays and Merry Whatevers, there… » Read more
December 23, 2019
In part 1 of our deep dive on legumes, we looked at how the powerful proteins of the families Fabaceae and Leguminosae can replace animal-derived products in our diet. But did you know legumes are just as powerful in the fields as they are on our plates? They are the gift that keeps on giving. While modern industrial agriculture is based… » Read more
December 10, 2019
In the developed world, we eat, on average, too many animal products. In fact, we eat way too many animal products. Not just too many for our own health, but too many for the health of the planet. These animal proteins aren’t just delicious, they’re valuable sources of protein, which is vital to growth, tissue… » Read more
December 2, 2019
Most of us don’t think about alfalfa very much. Outside of agricultural communities and die hard fans of Our Gang, it is safe to say alfalfa is not a hot topic. We’d like to challenge that notion. Bear with us: In the US, alfalfa is grown on roughly 23 million acres annually, most of which… » Read more
November 22, 2019
Congratulations and heartfelt gratitude to our retail, brand and distribution partners who joined us for the 10th annual Non-GMO Month. More than 1,000 stores across North America used posters, infographics and pamphlets to celebrate our right to know what’s in our food and to choose non-GMO. This year’s theme, “Make Your Mother Proud,” represented a… » Read more
October 31, 2019
‘Tis the season for scary movies. One of our favorite genres is “science experiments gone awry,” including the rich world of fictional human/insect hybrids, creature features of all denominations, and, of course, Frankenstein. These are some of the images that populate streets and screens each Halloween. So where does the line between science and science… » Read more
October 22, 2019
From their humble brown beginnings beneath the soil, potatoes have become a staple in the North American diet. They are currently the most consumed vegetable in the US, with a yearly average intake of nearly 50 lbs per person. That means events in the world of the potato affect the lunch bags and dinner plates… » Read more
October 8, 2019
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely heard about the plant-based meat alternative craze. If you do live under a rock, odds are there’s a Burger King under a rock near you, and you’ll see it on the menu there. Veggie burgers have been making their way from health food stores to grocery… » Read more
October 1, 2019
Today we kick off our 10th annual Non-GMO Month, a 31-day celebration of our right to make non-GMO choices! Each year we partner with thousands of passionate retailers and natural food brands to bring shoppers the latest news and products in the non-GMO landscape. Happy Birthday Non-GMO Month, You’re 10 Years Old! This year is the… » Read more
August 16, 2019
National Honey Bee Day is Saturday, August 17! The past decade has seen sharp declines in many bee populations around the globe. For those of us living in urban centers, this may seem like a distant concern. However, bees are indispensable allies in our food system, responsible for about a third of what we eat… » Read more
April 4, 2019
As the gardening and growing seasons get underway across North America, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the choices. Rolling racks the height of NBA players dominate nurseries and garden centers, offering limitless options to the bewildered beginning gardener. If you’re looking to grow a non-GMO garden this season, here are some tips from the… » Read more
November 9, 2018
The Non-GMO Project’s eighth Non-GMO Month was a success thanks to the amazing support of our retailers, brands, and you! As always, we had so much fun celebrating our right to choose non-GMO. For us, this means taking the time to appreciate the farmers growing our food and tending the soil, the retailers working diligently… » Read more