Lawmakers are pushing for new legislation to be passed that would effectively prevent states from making mandatory for products with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be labeled.
American food manufacturer General Mills announced that it will begin labeling all its products in that have genetically modified organisms as ingredients. The changes will hit grocery stores over the next several weeks. The move was prompted by a new state law in Vermont, which requires companies to put such information starting July 1. However, the company cannot label… Read more »
This week, the US Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on agricultural biotechnology highlighted the overwhelming scientific evidence supporting the safety of foods developed from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the tremendous urgency for Congress to pass a national, uniform labeling standard this year. “The Senate Agriculture hearing reaffirmed the broad consensus among scientists and regulators that GMOs are safe and highlighted… Read more »
In a global food and beverage market with retail value in U.S. dollars of more than $5 trillion, non-GMO products accounted for $550 billion of that total in 2014, according to market research publisher Packaged Facts. With sales of $200 billion for non-GMO foods and beverages, the United States accounts for 36% of the overall global non-GMO total. The findings were published in “Non-GMO Foods: U.S…. Read more »
A former adviser to the US Secretary of State says that genetic modification (GM) is the most critical technology in agriculture for meeting the challenges of feeding a growing global population, writing in the journal Agriculture & Food Security. Nina Fedoroff, molecular biologist and former Science and Technology Adviser to Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice, warns of the detrimental influence… Read more »
More than half of U.S. consumers say they are concerned about bioengineered ingredients or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), but many are unable to define them, according to The NPD Group. The research firm asked shoppers to describe GMOs in their own words, and the answers varied from “genetically altered” to “not natural,” with many respondents indicating “don’t know.”
Japan and South Korea are continuing to test the U.S. wheat they buy to make sure the grain is not contaminated with an experimental version developed by Monsanto Co, but could soon stop the practice, the head of a U.S. wheat association said on Thursday.
China’s government has kicked off a media campaign in support of genetically modified crops, as it battles a wave of negative publicity over a technology it hopes will play a major role in boosting its food security.
Bee-free honey, algae milk and African superfoods are among top natural and organic food trends compiled by Sterling-Rice Group, a Boulder-based consulting firm.
“Certainly as you would expect in this space, health is a driver for almost every one of these,” said Christie Wood, culinary strategist for the firm. “Sourcing also is very important.”
While activist groups have incited fear over genetically modified food and feed ingredients, and pressed for government mandates for labeling such products, most consumers continue to support current FDA labeling policy, according to a new report from the International Food Information Council (IFIC).