The Organic & Non-GMO Report Newsletter


Flame weeding: a sustainable, cost-effective approach for weed management in organic corn

Conventional corn and soy rotation farmers have relied on herbicides and GM seed varieties to kill weeds. Organic production uses soil tilling to achieve mastery over weeds—though that method hampers carbon sequestration. Is there an alternative to these practices? Sustainability has published a study introducing flame weeding as a suitable option. The report compared using […]

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Upcycled food products surge, boosted by consumers’ food waste concerns

Consumers are ardently supporting ventures minimizing food waste, with 62% willing to pay more for food and beverages produced from upcycling. That interest has spawned launches of products with upcycled ingredients—a 122% compound annual growth rate for the five years ending Third Quarter 2021, outpacing recycled plastic products and products claiming carbon emissions. With 40% […]

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Grain Processing Corporation acquires Natural Products, Inc.

Muscatine, Iowa-based Grain Processing Corporation (GPC) has purchased Grinnell, Iowa-based Natural Products, Inc. (NPI). NPI produces full-fat soy ingredients made from non-GMO or certified organic soybeans. It also processes chickpeas, oats, and other grains and beans. “Consumers today want transparency, pristine quality, and assurance their food is healthy and made to the highest quality standards,” […]

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Bees boost crops and could steady food prices

Supporting and enhancing pollinators could help stabilize the production of important crops like oilseeds and fruit, reducing the sort of uncertainty that causes food price spikes, new research has shown. Scientists at the University of Reading analyzed years of data on the poorly understood effect of pollinators on crop yield stability. They found there was […]

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Being near pollinator habitat boosts soybean size

Researchers at North Carolina State University have found that soybean crops planted near pollinator habitat produce larger soybeans than soybean crops that are not planted near pollinator habitat. “Even though soybeans are not thought of as being dependent on pollinators, we found that soybean plants are still attractive to bees,” says Hannah Levenson, a postdoctoral […]

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