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What’s wrong with GMOs? A lot.

May 19, 2022

When GMOs were commercialized in the 1990s, few people knew about these novel organisms entering the food supply. Their development, testing and deployment had occurred with a startling lack of transparency. However, as early GMOs and their derivatives made their way into more and more common food products, folks in the natural foods sector started… » Read more

What Is a GMO?

May 12, 2022

When GMOs first came on the market in the 1990s, the general public didn’t know much about them. Thankfully, we’ve come a long way since then. Through the advocacy of activist organizations, including the Non-GMO Project, familiarity with the term GMO is nearly universal.*  We love to see awareness of the GMO issue grow (in… » Read more

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How useful are GMOs on a warming planet? Middling.

April 21, 2022

This spring we’re exploring biotech’s biggest and greenwashiest claims in our series Are GMOs really going to save the world? This is the second piece in the series. Don’t forget to check out Part One of the series, Genetically Engineered Golden Rice: Real Hope or Misplaced Hype? and Part Three, Can a Lab-based Food System… » Read more

Genetically Engineered Golden Rice: Real Hope or Misplaced Hype?

March 3, 2022

This spring, we’re offering three stories on biotech’s biggest and greenwashiest claims in our series, “Are GMOs really going to save the world?” Part One looks at Golden Rice, one of the most controversial GMOs ever created. Don’t forget to check out Part Two, How Useful are GMOs on a Warming Planet? and Part 3,… » Read more

Exposing GMOs: Are You Being Fooled by Imposters?

December 23, 2021

It’s a classic case of mistaken identity. Some common grocery store products have odd names or unique features, and they’re mistaken for GMOs. But many are proudly non-GMO — and some of them are Non-GMO Project Verified! The Butterfly helps shoppers find products that meet the highest standard in North America for GMO avoidance. To… » Read more

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What Does Bill Gates Have To Do With Ethiopian Chickens?

November 11, 2021

Our stories are shaped by the feasts we share and the food we eat. For the holidays, we’re dishing up a 3-part series on familiar foods with surprising stories. Part Two: Chickens are quickly becoming the world’s most widely consumed meat. Intensive factory farming dominates poultry production, creating a laundry list of related problems —… » Read more

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(Un)Greenwashing GMOs

September 30, 2021

Agriculture is uniquely positioned in the environmental movement. Because everyone needs to eat, a sustainable food system is crucial for humanity’s well-being. However, agriculture is currently responsible for a third of global greenhouse gas emissions, and crops exposed to extreme weather events are vulnerable to the impacts of a changing climate. Everybody wants a truly… » Read more

Carey Gillam Speaker Series

The Monsanto Papers, An Excerpt: The Billion-Dollar Baby

July 8, 2021

The following is an excerpt from The Monsanto Papers: Deadly Secrets, Corporate Corruption, and One Man’s Search for Justice, a new book by investigative journalist Carey Gillam. The book tells the story of Lee Johnson’s landmark lawsuit against Monsanto alleging the company’s popular weed killer causes cancer.  Join the Non-GMO Project July 13 at 4:00 p.m…. » Read more

How Do GMOs Affect Biodiversity?

April 13, 2021

In the past 25 years, genetically modified organisms have transformed the agricultural landscape, figuratively and literally. The greatest impacts have come from some of the earliest and most widely adopted GMO crops, which now take up over 90% of U.S. cropland. While the trend toward crop uniformity did not start with GMOs, this technology has… » Read more

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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