The ubiquitous Non-GMO Project—a third party that verifies and labels over $19 billion worth of products per year and quickly growing—adorns pantry staples like fresh produce, breads, pastas and cereals, specialty offerings like apricot kernel oil and purple rice, and even cat litter and dog waste odor eliminator. In addition to its booming certification program, the Non-GMO Project spreads misleading and inaccurate information about food, agriculture and health on its website and social media.
Concerns over an ag tech monopoly aren’t misplaced—the proposed Bayer-Monsanto “mega-merger,” still under anti-trust regulator scrutiny, has come under fire for its potential to kill innovation. Concerns over mishandling of new seeds resistant to the herbicide dicamba as expressed in the article Non-GMO Project shared are also not misplaced. But nothing about encouraging a non-GMO seed supply protects traditional seed breeding or farmers’ rights to save and plant seeds. There are off-patent “generic GMOs” and off-patent “non-GMO” seeds that farmers can choose to use, though most prefer to use newer patented varieties with better yields.
Dec 22 2017