Cows and calves before weaning grazing in pasture

5 Ways Dairy Can Be a Climate Ally

June 10, 2022

Every June, we highlight natural dairy products and producers during National Dairy Month. This year’s celebrations are particularly important because of a new GMO antagonist: synbio non-animal dairy proteins.  Synbio dairy proteins are made using synthetic biology, which generally exploits genetically modified microorganisms to produce novel compounds. Synthetic biology is just one part of the… » Read more

Happy woman takes bottle of milk out of fridge, test on left reads "Food grown on soil, not in a lab. #DAIRYMONTH with the Non-GMO Project"

Synbio Milk Is a Dud

June 2, 2022

June is National Dairy Month! We’re celebrating natural dairy by investigating an interloper in the dairy aisle, a wolf in cow’s clothing: synthetic biology dairy proteins. Synbio proteins have fed the biotech’s growing dairy presence in recent years, spawning a range of products made with non-animal dairy proteins. So far, these products include GMO milk,… » Read more

Can a Lab-based Food System Save the World?

May 6, 2022

This spring we’re exploring biotech’s biggest and greenwashiest claims in our series Are GMOs really going to save the world?   In our final piece of our three-part series, we examine the prospect of a global lab-based food system. Could synthetic biology be the key to producing food in a changing climate, or just a lot… » Read more

Going Plant-Based to Save the Planet? Better Look For the Butterfly, Too

March 17, 2022

Plant-based foods are having a renaissance. While staples such as veggie burgers and soy milk have been around for decades, we’re witnessing a tsunami of innovative products that can romance the taste buds of vegans and omnivores, vegetarians and flexitarians.  Recent converts to the plant-based craze credit two reasons for their choice: They want to… » Read more

Closeup of Vanilla flower, Reunion Island

Is Synbio Vanilla “Natural”? Heck, No!

November 2, 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 backstories. Part One: What is the past, present and future of the humble vanilla bean, a tasty and lucrative crop that pits biotechnology against traditional knowledge and… » Read more

Close-up of DNA

New GMOs and Where to Find Them

June 3, 2021

It’s been a big year for the biotech industry. You may have noticed the wealth of headlines reporting breakthroughs in gene editing and other new GMO techniques, news stories littered with acronyms like CRISPR, TALEN and RNAi. These are just some of the new techniques being used to create novel products in our food supply… » Read more

Canola

CRISPR and TALEN and RNAi, Oh My!

July 25, 2019

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