Dannon reaching non-GMO milestones to achieve company pledge

Leading U.S. yogurt maker Dannon is moving according to plan on its pledge to source non-GMO ingredients for its products and to use milk from non-GMO fed cows. The company reached a significant milestone recently, achieving Non-GMO Project verification of several Dannon yogurt and “Danimals” smoothie products. Ken Roseboro, Organic and Non-GMO Market News, July 26 […]

NZMP Launches its First Ingredients in North America to Meet the Non-GMO Project Standard

NZMP, Fonterra’s global dairy ingredients brand, has launched a range of dairy ingredients to help North American food and beverage manufacturers address consumer demand for food without genetically modified ingredients and information about where their food comes from. Non-GMO Project, April 6 2017 The new NZMP ingredient range meets the Non-GMO Project Standard, North America’s most trusted and recognized […]

Farmers rise to GE-free cheese demand

A group of farmer shareholders in the European co-op FrieslandCampina will start producing milk without using genetically engineered animal feed. Sudesh Kissun. Dairy News, 9 May 2017 The few hundred farmers living near two FrieslandCampina cheese plants in Germany will participate in the pilot project. They will get a premium price for the GE-free milk, to […]

China: Crushing blow to soy processors as Chinese grow wary on GMO

A Chinese consumer backlash against genetically modified (GMO) crops is beginning to dent demand for soy oil, the nation’s main cooking oil, and could spell crisis for the multi-billion-dollar crushing industry, which depends on GMO soybeans from the United States and elsewhere. Dominique Patton: Reuters, 28 April 2017 Soyoil sales account for about 36 percent of […]

Progress for GM Free Regions

Media Release:  Hawke’s Bay exporters, growers and farmers who have worked hard to protect the region’s GM free status welcome the environment minister’s back down from controversial amendments to the RMA he wants to take away the regions’ right to make their own decisions on GMOs. Hawke’s Bay’s ability to establish a GM Free food producing […]

In China, Syngenta Deal Feeds Local GMO Fears

Acquisition is expected to bring more genetically engineered products to China, but many consumers are resisting Wall Street Journal, March 26 2017. By Brian Spegele ZHAODONG, China—The Huiji Hotpot restaurant is a local favorite here, where diners boil meat and vegetables in cauldrons of broth—comfort food to gird against the subzero winter in this far northern farming […]

RMA change would put regions at whim of minister

Hawke’s Bay’s ability to capture a significant marketing advantage hangs in the balance, with Parliament poised to vote this week on whether to preserve the regions’ ability to create GM Free food producing zones. Opinion piece, Dominion Post, March 4 2017 As any food exporter knows, GM Free is a bottom line in high-value food […]

US: Why Restaurants are Still Saying No to GMO

Amid consumer skepticism, limited-service restaurants can attract higher-income diners with non-GMO options. QSR Magazine, January 2017: Controversy surrounding genetically modified organisms (GMO) continues to sow doubt about them among consumers, despite being deemed safe to eat by the FDA and the National Academy of Sciences. Restaurants are finding that more diners are seeking out and willing […]

Hastings’ GM-free status under the spotlight as bill passes second reading

Concerns over the ongoing ability of local councils to declare their regions GM-free, as Hastings did in 2015, are mounting as a bill makes its way through Parliament potentially introducing powers to remove such GM rules from local plans. Nicki Harper, Hawke’s Bay Today, March 24 2017 Hastings became the first council in the country to […]

GM last modification needed on RMA bill

A potential ministerial override of local government bans on release of genetically modified organisms is the last issue still to be resolved before the Maori Party will vote to overhaul the Resource Management Act. Waatea News, 08 Mar 2017 16:06 PM Environment Minister Nick Smith says the deal is done, and he expects the party’s […]