The ag-biotech industry is on the verge of gaining approval for a very risky and unproven genetically-engineered American chestnut tree, which would open the floodgates for a host of other GE-trees, creating a potential environmental disaster.
As gene-edited food products begin to reach the marketplace, the companies behind them are embarking on a PR campaign to erroneously convince consumers that these foods are not GMOs.
The Non-GMO Project has placed potatoes on its High-Risk list. We discuss what this means and what you need to understand when shopping at the supermarket.
Caius Rommens, the inventor of the GMO potato, comes clean and discusses the hidden health dangers of this genetically-modified food.
As the USDA is getting ready to roll out new federal GMO-labeling standards, a recent study by the International Food Information Council Foundation has shed light on just what kind of impact these proposed standards may have. Needless to say, the results are quite compelling for organic advocates.
With two recent actions out of Washington, D.C., the organic community should be very alarmed. Much deeper and aggressive involvement is needed from organic companies to protect the long-term interests of our industry.
The EU's top court made a landmark decision as to how it will regulate gene-edited foods. We take a look at why this ruling was so important for human and environmental health, and how this will impact the regulatory environment in the U.S.
The deadline to comment to the USDA about the proposed GMO-labeling standards is tonight at 11:59pm EST. The standards have many problems and are very confusing and misleading to consumers.
As the eagerly awaited proposed GMO-labeling standards were released last week -- also known as the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard -- the most interesting aspect of these regulations was what they did not say. I discuss what may be really happening behind closed doors.
While there has been a lot of discussion about GE-salmon ever since it was approved by the FDA in 2015, the fact remains that it is still not on the market. We examine all of the factors that explain this and ask the question -- will it ever be for sale in the U.S.?
David Bronner is the CEO of Dr. Bronner’s and one of the most influential and actively engaged leaders in the organic industry.When it comes to taking a stand on important social and environmental issues, I do not believe there is another company in our industry that has stepped up more than Dr. Bronner’s. The company has given millions to...
As the USDA prepares to roll out its GMO-labeling law, which goes into effect in 2018, it is seeking input from stakeholders and has posed 30 questions regarding key issues of this bill. In my conversation with Michael Hansen, PhD, here are the things that this new law should address.
Aside from the massive fraud issues that have surfaced as of late, we are now facing the very scary prospect of genetically-engineered trees and genetically-engineered moths pervading the American agricultural landscape, whose impact would be irreversible and catastrophic. Here is a quick recap on each and where things stand.
The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) made the tragic decision of approving genetically-engineered diamondback moths. Here's why they won't be released just yet and what could stand in their way of being released into the wild.
If Cornell University scientist Dr. Anthony Shelton gets his way, 30,000 genetically-engineered moths will be released per week for three to four months, up to a period of two years in upstate New York. Here's a look at this very dangerous situation.
If we reflect back over the last few years, the organic industry has spent an incredible amount of time and tens of millions of dollars fighting for GMO-labeling. And what did we get from it? A horrible GMO-labeling bill that allows for the use of QR codes instead of on-packaging labeling. In hindsight, the industry might have been better served...
As many of you may know, the long-awaited, genetically-modified Arctic Apple that doesn’t turn brown hits the shelves in select supermarkets in the Midwest today. Even though no long-term safety studies have ever been done on GMOs, this new apple poses a different and potentially bigger risk than a health one. I discuss this risk in today's...
Several powerful pieces of research and news articles have appeared in the past few weeks that have made me believe that we may be getting close to a tipping point, where we are starting to win the fight against GMOs and pesticides. Here is what came out and why they are so powerful.
In today's Organic Insider -- the very first one -- I discuss findings from the Pew Research Center and a study out of Europe, both of which give us fascinating insight as to how we view organic food and GMOs. The results were both encouraging and alarming.Second, brand new findings out of Europe completely dispel the notion that GMOs are...