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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.

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


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