GMO

12:48pm

Thu April 24, 2014
National

Vermont Set To Label GMOs, Colorado Might Not Be Far Behind

A 2013 rally against genetically modified foods brought hundreds to the steps of the Colorado capitol.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

11:20am

Fri February 28, 2014
The Salt

Why The 'Non-GMO' Label Is Organic's Frenemy

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 9:29 am

The increasingly successful movement to eliminate GMO crops from food is turning out to be organic's false friend.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

It's easy to think of "organic" and "non-GMO" as the best buddies of food. They sit comfortably beside each other in the same grocery stores — most prominently, in Whole Foods Market. Culturally, they also seem to occupy the same space. Both reject aspects of mainstream industrial agriculture.

In fact, the increasingly successful movement to eliminate genetically modified crops — GMOs — from food is turning out to be organic's false friend. The non-GMO label has become a cheaper alternative to organic.

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2:56pm

Thu February 6, 2014
The Salt

Food Industry Groups Say They'll Label GMOs, On Their Terms

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 1:51 pm

A woman shops at a supermarket in New York City.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Remember those ballot initiatives in California and Washington that aimed to get food companies to label products containing genetically modified ingredients?

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1:40am

Tue February 4, 2014
The Salt

How American Food Companies Go GMO-Free In A GMO World

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 6:12 am

Allen Williams grows corn and soybeans for Clarkson Grain, which has been selling GMO-free grain to Japan for years.
Dan Charles/NPR

Quite possibly, you've noticed some new food labels out there, like "Not made with genetically modified ingredients" or "GMO-free." You might have seen them on boxes of Cheerios, or on chicken meat. If you've shopped at Whole Foods, that retailer says it now sells more than 3,000 products that have been certified as "non-GMO."

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10:07am

Mon January 27, 2014
The Salt

Soil, Weedkillers And GMOs: When Numbers Don't Tell The Whole Story

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 2:12 pm

Farm statistics: usually illuminating ... occasionally misleading.
Seth Perlman AP

I love numbers. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but I think a good bar graph can be worth a thousand pictures.

But three times in the past few days, I've come across statistics in reputable-looking publications that made me stop and say, "Huh?"

I did some investigating so you don't have to. And indeed, the numbers don't quite tell the story that they purport to tell.

So here goes: My skeptical inquiry into statistics on herbicide use, soil erosion, and the production of fruits and nuts.

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