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Are your ingredients produced with genetic engineering? – podcast

Dana Perls of Friends of the Earth shares insights on evolving technology and the questions to ask about GMO sourcing.

Heather Granato

October 2, 2019

Technology is having a profound effect on the supply chain, from how we communicate to the way ingredients are produced. New types of genetic engineering are allowing the production of ingredients not before seen in the dietary supplement space, sometimes without clear communication about how they were developed and commercialized. In this SupplySide West edition of the Healthy INSIDER Podcast, Dana Perls, senior food and agriculture campaigner at Friends of the Earth, discusses steps that buyers and marketers should take to ensure they’re sourcing ingredients that align with their values, and communicating clearly with consumers. Dana will be presenting at SupplySide West in Las Vegas in the “Unraveling the Biotech Conundrum” workshop on Thursday, Oct. 17.

In this podcast, Perls and Informa’s Heather Granato discuss:

  • How technologies like gene editing are changing how ingredients can be developed despite the potential for unforeseen consequences.

  • Which categories of ingredients are prioritized for production through gene editing technologies, and whether they’re already on the market.

  • The questions buyers can and should ask to ensure they’re receiving ingredients that clearly identify how they’re produced.


To hear more about GMO 2.0 and maintaining the integrity of the supply chain, join Perls at the “Unraveling the Biotech Conundrum” workshop on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Got feedback? Email Heather at [email protected] or tweet to @NatProdINSIDER using the hashtag #INSIDERpodcast


About the Author(s)

Heather Granato

vice president, content, Informa Markets, Food EMEA division

Heather Granato is a 25-year veteran of the natural products industry, currently serving as the Vice President, Content, in Informa Exhibitions’ Global Health & Nutrition Network. She has been a presenter at events including SupplySide, Vitafoods, Natural Products Expo, the Natural Gourmet Show and the Folio: Show. Her publishing experience includes Natural Products INSIDER, Food Product Design, Country Living's Healthy Living, Natural Foods Merchandiser, Delicious Magazine and WomenOf.com. She was named a 2015 Top Woman in Media by Folio:; received the 2014 Visionary Award from the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA); and was awarded the CEO Merit Award for Content from Informa in 2014. Granato graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond, Virginia, in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism; she currently serves as a national vice president for Kappa Alpha Theta women's fraternity.

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