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IFOAM joins Global GMO Free Coalition

The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) has joined the Global GMO Free Coalition (GGFC) to add its powerful voice in efforts to fight against the spread of genetic engineering worldwide. “IFOAM is looking forward to working with all the partners in the Global GMO Free Coalition to assist farmers and consumers around the […]

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German supermarkets demand non-GMO fed poultry

Germany supermarkets are demanding Germany poultry producers stop using GMO feed for both egg and poultry meat production, effective Jan. 1, 2015. In February, the German Poultry Association had declared it was stopping using GM-free animal feed due to an alleged shortage of GMO-free soybeans. However, Germany supermarkets consulting with Brazilian authorities determined that that […]

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Study verifies GE crops linked to monarch butterfly declines

A study published this summer by researchers at the University of Guelph in the Journal of Animal Ecology reports that the use of herbicide-resistant genetically modified (GM) crops are largely responsible for declining monarch butterfly populations. Monarch butterflies rely exclusively on the milkweed plant to lay their eggs and as a food for monarch caterpillars.  […]

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Feedback sought on Non-GMO Project Standard

The Non-GMO Project is currently accepting comments on the Non-GMO Project Standard (Version 11). The 60-day comment period will close end at the close of business this Friday, Sept. 5. As stated in OTA’s Position on “Non-GMO” Labeling of NOP Certified Products, OTA believes that third-party certification under USDA NOP is sufficient to substantiate a claim that a product is non-GMO. OTA […]

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Conference spotlight: Organic=Non-GMO, and a whole lot more!

By law, organic products and those ‘made with organic ingredients’ cannot be produced using GMOs. Are secondary certifications necessary? In this session to be held Thursday, Sept. 18.during All Things Organic, you will hear from a panel of experts on this topic, and learn about a new consumer education toolkit available for retailers and producers of […]

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Informative GMOs 2.0 event at Expo East

UNFI and Nutiva will sponsor an informative event entitled “GMOs 2.0: What you need to know about synthetic biology” from 2 – 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in Room 322 of the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore in conjunction with Natural Products Expo East. It will highlight how a new wave of virtually unregulated untested […]

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OTA prepares comments on Non-GMO Project Standard

The Non-GMO Project is currently accepting comments on the Non-GMO Project Standard (Version 11). The comment 60-day comment period will close end at the close of business on Friday, Sept. 5. OTA recognizes that there is substantial overlap between the Non-GMO Project standards and the USDA NOP standards, and we would like to encourage further collaborative efforts in keeping GMOs out of […]

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GMO labeling initiative officially on Colorado ballot

The Colorado Secretary of State office has confirmed that the Right to Know Colorado campaign submitted nearly 40,000 more valid signatures that those needed to place Proposition 105—requiring that foods containing GMOs be labeled—on the November 4 ballot. Voters will be asked whether foods modified or treated with GMOs should be labeled Produced with Genetic […]

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‘Virtual’ public meeting on GE cotton, soybeans

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is holding a virtual public meeting on Sept. 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. EDT to receive comments on a draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) as part of its review to determine whether to deregulate genetically engineered (GE) cotton resistant to the herbicides […]

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National Research Council to look at GE past and future

An ad-hoc committee established by the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council (NRC) has scheduled a semi-public meeting in mid-September on the “concepts and questions” surrounding genetically engineered crops that will include testimony from critics of the technology. Next month’s meeting is part of a study that NRC has launched “to conduct a broad […]

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