The Non-GMO Blog

First Regenerative Organic Certified coffee hits the U.S. market

The coffee industry has joined the regenerative agriculture movement—the first Regenerative Organic Certified (ROC) coffee hit U.S. shelves recently. Three coffee producers in Nicaragua and one in Sierra Leone, the first operations to be ROC certified, provide beans for four California roasters: Equator Coffees, Heirloom Coffee Roasters, Canyon Coffee and Groundwork Coffee. “ROC is not intended to replace NOP, but to […]

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NATIVA™ launches the first regenerative wool program in the U.S., in partnership with Shaniko Wool Company

NATIVA™, a global pioneer in traceable, sustainable Merino wool, recently announced the U.S. launch of the NATIVA Regenerative Agriculture Program (NATIVA Regen), in partnership with Shaniko Wool Company. NATIVA Regen, the first regenerative wool program to be launched in the U.S., is designed to improve soil and water quality and protect biodiversity while helping brands […]

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Kreher Family Farms receives verification for regeneratively grown crop

New York-based Kreher Family Farms, a fourth-generation operation, announced that its zucchini and yellow squash has been Regenerative Verified™ by Soil Regen. The company entered into a strategic alliance in 2021 with W.D. Henry’s—the two families have worked together for years to promote conservation of agricultural resources in Erie County to enable communities in and […]

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U.S. organic crop acreage increased by 3% in 2022

Non-GMO corn and soybean acres declined USDA-certified organic land is expected to reach nearly 8.7 million acres across the U.S. during 2022, according to organic and non-GMO market data firm Mercaris. “Following a decline in certified organic pasture and rangeland, area dedicated to organic field crop production is expected to account for the largest share […]

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Gene editing is not “precision breeding”, international scientists declare

International scientists and policy experts have presented a statement opposing the use of the term “precision breeding” to describe gene or genome editing. Led by Dr. Michael Antoniou, the statement is a response to the UK’s draft Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill, which would remove or weaken regulatory controls for gene-editing technology. “Precision breeding” is […]

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