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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.

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...

Special edition: Organics & Non-GMO

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...

Special edition: Organic & Non-GMO

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...

Special edition: Organic & Non-GMO

Vermont GMO labeling bill presents packaged food companies with ‘a serious quandary’, says Rabobank analyst

As anti-GMO activists celebrated their first major victory in Vermont this week with the passage of GMO labeling bill H112 , the GMA said it would mount a legal challenge within...

Special edition: Organic & non-GMO

The biggest fallacy about GMOs is that we need them to feed the world: WFP

For a growing global population facing dwindling resources, non-GMO plant-based proteins are the future, says 29-year-old non-GMO and organic soybean and corn supplier World Food Processing (WFP).

GM wheat presents ‘attractive’ gluten-free opportunity: Review

Genetic modification (GM) of wheat genes to ‘silence’ protein fractions toxic to those with celiac disease holds promise for cereal development, researchers say.

Abbott rejects shareholder call for GMO labeling on its products

An Abbott Laboratories shareholder proposal to label genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in its Similac infant formula range received about 5% of the vote, and has been rejected by the company.

Vermont GMO labeling bill heads to governor's desk. But can it withstand a First Amendment challenge?

A bill requiring foods produced with genetic engineering be labeled in Vermont has passed the house and the senate, and now just needs Governor Peter Shumlin’s signature to be signed...

Special edition: Organic & Non-GMO

The organic food industry has been engaged in a 'multi-decade public disinformation campaign', claims report

Consumers have spent years paying over the odds for organic foods based on the erroneous belief - promulgated by stakeholders with a vested interest - that they are healthier and...

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Vermont GMO labeling bill passes state senate

A bill requiring foods produced with genetic engineering be labeled in Vermont has passed by 28 votes to two in the State Senate.

Pompeo bill would preempt state GMO labeling

As was rumored last week, congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) introduced legislation Wednesday that would block the efforts in multiple states to require mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. 

Big interview: Ethan Brown and Brent Taylor, co-founders, Beyond Meat

Beyond Meat founders: 'We’re a meat company that makes products from plants'

“We’re a meat company that make products from plants”, say the entrepreneurs behind Beyond Meat, which makes "near-perfect replicas of meat" from plants. And they’re thinking big. After all, why...

GMO labeling bill makes headway in Vermont; Rep Mike Pompeo silent on rumors over federal bill

A bill requiring foods produced with genetic engineering be labeled in Vermont has made further progress after passing in the Senate Judiciary committee in a 5-0 vote.

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Suntava secures Non-GMO Project certification for its antioxidant-packed purple corn

Suntava - the Minnesota-based firm promoting anthocyanin-packed purple-corn ingredients - has gone through the Non-GMO Project verification process to reassure customers and consumers that the corn from which they are...