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The GM debate

The GM debate

Genetically engineered food is one of the great opinion-dividers of our time. Some argue that GM foods reap irreparable damage on the environment and human health. But others say they could be the answer to a secure food supply for the world’s growing population.

Organic and non-GMO trends

What does it take to meet increasing consumer demand for non-GMO foods & beverages?

Four out of 10 consumers claim to be avoiding or reducing genetically modified foods in their daily diets, mainly because they are concerned about the possible impact of GMOs on...

organic and non-gmo trends

GMOs, limited technology, dwindling farmers threaten organic growth, Sen. Tester says

The organic industry must overcome substantial hurdles to sustain its double digit sales growth, including the threat posed by genetically modified organisms, limited technological advancements and a dwindling farming population,...

Can organic foods and GM-like technologies ever go hand in hand?

The use of certain biotechnologies could support organic production in the future – although the currently approved ‘cross-species’ GM technologies are the biggest threat to the organic food system, says...

Organic and non-gmo trends

Congress should strengthen FDA’s oversight of GMOs, CSPI leader says

Congress needs to strengthen FDA’s oversight of genetically modified organisms before foreign countries, with potentially lower safety standards, begin genetically engineering crops used in finished products that are imported to...

US specialty food market surges 10.3% to $109.5bn in 2014; new buzzwords include grass-fed, fermented, pickled

US sales of specialty foods blasted through the $100bn barrier in 2014, with retail ($85.5bn) and foodservice sales ($24bn) combined hitting $109.5bn, up 10.3% on 2013 sales of $99.3bn, according...

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Glyphosate ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’, says IARC; conclusion ‘not supported by scientific data’, says Monsanto

Monsanto says the view of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (part of the World Health Organization) that the herbicide glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans" is at odds...

GMO update: Non-browning Arctic apples and Innate low-acrylamide potatoes are safe, says FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says two high-profile genetically engineered foods - Simplot's low acrylamide 'Innate' potatoes, and Okanagan Specialty Fruit's non-browning 'Arctic' apples – are “as safe and nutritious...

NPA lobbies legislators to protect definition of organic to include non-GMO

Consumer confusion about organic verses non-GMO claims abounds, and the Natural Product Association wants to set the record straight with a new lobbying effort. 

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Member states back national bans for GM crops

EU member states have voted to allow national governments to ban or restrict cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops even when approved at EU level, meaning the new rules will...

Arctic Apples firm to be acquired by AquaBounty owner Intrexon Corp

Okanagan Specialty Fruits – the company behind the non-browning ‘Arctic Apple’ – is to be acquired by Intrexon Corporation, which also owns a majority stake in GE salmon firm AquaBounty Technologies. 

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Solazyme: 'We’re changing the paradigm here'

First products with high oleic algae oil to hit US shelves in second half of 2015, says Solazyme

The first products containing Solazyme’s high stability, high-oleic algae oil – which boasts “unprecedented” amounts of healthy monounsaturated fat – will hit shelves later this year, says the firm, which...

Special Edition: Going Non GMO in Supplements

Enzymes present special case in affirming non GMO status of ingredients

When trying to source non GMO dietary ingredients for supplements, the inclusion of enzymes presents a special case. There is confusion about the penetration of genetic modification technology into the...

Meet the CEOs of KRAVE, Health Warrior, Fruigees, HUMAN and Barnana

What are the hottest snacking trends – and companies - to watch in 2015?

With the percentage of energy derived from snacks in the American diet doubling since the late 1970s, the pressure is on to make those snacking calories count. But what is...

We’re not trying to hide the fact that we’re using genetic engineering

Arctic Apples creator Neal Carter: We really think this will be a game changer

While anti-GMO activists warn that the technology behind non-browning ‘Arctic apples’ is untested, unnecessary, and "dangerously imprecise", the grower behind them says he’s confident that the food industry and the...

What's on the FoodNavigator-USA editorial calendar in 2015/16?

From the GMO labeling debate and food litigation trends to new strategies to revitalize the Greek yogurt category, FoodNavigator-USA’s 2015/16 editorial calendar of special editions (once a month), online forums/events...

Failing to label GMOs threatens food manufacturers’ relevance, consumer trust

As more consumers avoid genetically modified organisms, manufacturers that fail to label whether their products contain GMOs are at an increased risk of losing consumer trust and relevance, according to...

Mandatory GMO labels will be seen as 'warning labels', warns GMA

Pro- and anti-GMO labeling camps square up for battle in Vermont: Clock is ticking on 'unconstitutional' law, says GMA

Supporters and opponents of GMO labeling will square up in a courtroom in Burlington, Vermont, today (Jan 7) to present oral arguments over the merits of Act 120, which will...

5 GMO food myths dispelled

All the rhetoric for and against genetically modified organisms voiced leading up to November when several states voted on GMO labeling initiatives can make it difficult to understand exactly what...

Trendwatching with Mintel, Euromonitor, Rabobank & Trailblazer Foods

From private label as a ‘strategic weapon’ to health, wellness and wearable technology: Four trendwatchers look ahead to 2015 in food culture

From the 'astounding' reinvention of popcorn as "Millennial friendly, cool and healthy", to the proliferation of apps & devices enabling us to track our calories, sleep and bowel movements, what have...

The biggest rise was in products making non-GMO or GMO-free claims

Non-GMO, gluten-free, Kosher, vegan, all-natural… What can we learn from claims made on new products in the US in 2014?

Non-GMO, Kosher, gluten-free, ethical, environmentally-friendly, lactose-free, vegan, no additives/preservatives, and on-the-go claims are all gaining more traction on US food labels; while growth in ‘all-natural’- antioxidant- and low/no/reduced sugar/sodium/fat claims...

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YES campaign concedes defeat in Oregon after GMO labeling recount: 'We will never know for sure what the true outcome of this race was'

The campaign backing Oregon's GMO labeling ballot initiative Measure 92 has conceded defeat after a recount failed to change the original result (49.97 in favor, 50.03% against - a difference of around 800 votes).

Monsanto exec: GMOs are not the Holy Grail. What they are is an important tool if used properly

Genetically engineered crops are not a magic bullet and some weeds have become resistant to the herbicide glyphosate (RoundUp) used with selected GM crops, said Monsanto’s chief technology officer Dr...

Whole Foods sued over disputed Non-GMO Project logos on almond milk; but is this a one-off or a fertile new source of class action lawsuits?

A class action lawsuit filed in California accuses Whole Foods Market of misleading consumers by advertising and selling Almond Breeze products with non-GMO Project verified labels before they had officially achieved...

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Measure 92: Officials set Dec 12 deadline for Oregon GMO labeling recount

As widely predicted, county clerks in Oregon have been ordered by Secretary of State Kate Brown to conduct a hand recount of votes on GMO labeling initiative Measure 92 by December 12.