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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.

Voluntary labeling of non-GMO products is a better use of resources, says Safeway

Safeway shareholders reject GMO labeling proposal; board says it would cost $15m+ and provide zero consumer benefits

Shareholders at Safeway have rejected a proposal from the Green Century Equity Fund calling for mandatory GMO labeling on its store brands, which company bosses claim would cost $15m+ to...

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Oregon GMO labeling initiative secures place on November ballot

An initiative to mandate the labeling of foods containing ingredients from genetically engineered crops has qualified for a statewide vote in Oregon in November.

Vermont has serious concerns over cost of defending GMO labeling law, claim CFS/VPIRG

Activist groups file motion to help State of Vermont defend GMO labeling law vs 'corporate bullies'

The Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) and anti-GMO activist group the Center for Food Safety (CFS) have formally asked for permission to help the state of Vermont defend its...

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Can natural sweeteners pull diet soda out of its funk?

Is diet soda in the doldrums because shoppers are suspicious of aspartame, or because they are just bored of Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi? And will naturally-sweetened products such as...

Professor: What exactly is this mythical ‘pristine’ alternative to GMOs that presents no risks?

When consumers think about GMOs, they tend to contrast them with “some hypothetical alternative food that is pristine”, when in most cases, going ‘non-GMO’ just means returning to a food...

So Delicious Dairy Free brand grew at a 30% CAGR over past five years

SO Delicious: Dairy-free is one of the biggest growth opportunities in the food market right now

While gluten-free gets all the glory, dairy-free products such as almond and coconut milk are growing at an equally explosive rate, says So Delicious Dairy Free, which has notched up...

Dispatches from IFT 2014

RIBUS: consumers avoiding 'chem lab' ingredients; GMOs the biggest agro development since the tractor

During the IFT 2014 show in New Orleans, FoodNavigator-USA caught up with RIBUS Inc. CEO Steve Peirce for an update on its all-natural and organic rice-based ingredients and the sustainability...

Global ID: 'Demand for Non-GMO-Project verification doubled after Whole Foods put its GMO cards on the table...'

The growth of the Non-GMO Project verification scheme has been nothing short of explosive over the past 18 months. But does the firm serving as its technical administrator have the...

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‘Who are you, Mother Teresa?’ We are American. We eat chips and drink soda!’: PepsiCo boss Indra Nooyi on investor ‘who took me to the cleaners’

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi says she didn’t want a short-term ‘cut, slash and burn’ policy that would have seen the company make enormous earnings from 2006 despite the upset her...

Consumers seek out ‘natural’, ‘locally grown’ on product labels: survey

When shopping for food, two-thirds of US consumers look for “locally grown” on labels, while 59% check to see if the products they’re buying are natural, according to a survey...

IFT 2014: Chefs! Is it time to proudly serve GMOs on your table?

You'd think that pro-science,'molecular gastronomists' such as Chef Homaru Cantu would be all in favor of genetically engineered foods, especially if they can add nutrition, or reduce the environmental impact...

Non-GMO not necessarily organic, and other GMO myths busted: OTA

With all the attention GMOs have received in recent months—good and bad—confusion in the marketplace has inevitably followed, as consumers scramble to make sense of the pro- and anti-camps’ arguments...

Insights from the BASF 2014 Media Summit

Connecting the dots from ag to food

Is the farm-to-table movement all it’s cracked up to be? Is a healthy dialogue about GMOs even possible? Can we fix growing income disparities in the developed world? A group...

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Non-GMO, beets, lentils, bee-free ‘honey’ & drinkable grains: What are the top 10 natural and organic food trends inspiring the mainstream?

From drinkable grains to Non-GMO verified, Sterling-Rice Group has identified 10 natural and organic food trends that are starting to influence the mainstream grocery market. Are you up to speed?

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OTA: organic certification enough for non-GMO claims

The Organic Trade Association says that third-party certification under the USDA National Organic Program is sufficient for non-GMO label claims, calling organic production is the optimal solution to US agriculture,...

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Californian GMO labeling bill SB 1381 just short of votes needed to pass in Senate

A bill that would have required firms to label genetically engineered foods in California has failed to secure sufficient votes in the state senate to pass into law.

Would consumers buy transgenic food if they believed it would boost health?

Health and other consumer benefits may help make transgenic or genetically engineered (GE) food more acceptable to consumers, but the food industry needs to be more transparent to win back...

Special edition: Organic & non-GMO

One Degree Organic: like CPGs from the farmers’ market

The founders of Canadian bakery products manufacturer One Degree Organic Foods think the current packaged food landscape has distanced consumers far too much from Mother Nature. They’re looking to narrow...

Voters in rural Oregon ban GMO crops

Residents of a southwestern Oregon county voted emphatically on Tuesday to ban the planting of most genetically engineered crops.

Guest article: Steven Hoffman, managing director, Compass Natural

GUEST ARTICLE: GMOs are not the answer, just because organic isn’t perfect

Pointing out problems and flaws in organic farming and certification is constructive in that they need to be addressed. But using the imperfections of the organic production system to defend why...

Guest article: Mischa Popoff, author, Is it Organic?

GUEST ARTICLE: Phantom menace of GMOs keeps organic industry off target

I worked for five years as a USDA-contract organic inspector after growing up on an organic grain farm in Saskatchewan. I had the pleasure of inspecting over 500 organic farms...

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BI Nutraceuticals boss: If you believe GMOs are safe and provide value, get out there and champion the cause

If biotech’s big guns want to seize the initiative in the GMO debate, they should ditch their defensive strategy (telling consumers why they don’t need GMO labels) and go on...

ENI CEO: ‘Most prominent companies are starting to work on incorporating non-GMO materials’

The majority of the leading US supplement companies are working on using non-GMO ingredients in their formulations, said Cal Bewicke, CEO of Ethical Naturals Inc (ENI), as the company launches...

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Quinn Popcorn founder: You have to be an idealist if you’re going to change the food industry

Microwave popcorn was a childhood favorite snack of Kristy Lewis; though her nostalgia turned to disillusionment when as an adult she learned that the chemical-, hydrogenated oil-laden formula hadn’t evolved...

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