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Sorghum’s non-GMO Verification Opens Market Segment

Consumer demand for ancient crop increases

Nuseed subsidiary, Richardson Seeds International (RSI), has verified under the Non-GMO Project Product Verification Program its food grade sorghum to supply the non-GMO market a healthy gluten-free ancient grain. The program is North America’s only third-party verification for non-GMO food and products. It ensures products have been comprehensively evaluated by an independent party for compliance with a standard developed by industry experts and stakeholders. 

RSI, who lead Nuseed’s sorghum business in the U.S., as well as global R&D, work closely with industry and grower associations, like Sorghum Check-Off, to grow the market for sorghum worldwide. This growth is coming from early-maturing hybrids expanding the regions sorghum can be grown in, and exploring new uses, from land reclamation to whiskey and snacks, as well as accessing non-GMO markets.

Nuseed’s trait advancements in their sorghum, sunflower and carinata programs use industry-leading traditional or classical plant-breeding and are non-GMO.

The combination of sorghum’s classification as a healthy ancient grain, gluten-free, and non-GMO verification is appealing to the consumer market.

The consumer benefits of sorghum, as described on the Sorghum Check-Off website are:

As consumer demand strengthens for versatile, healthy ancient grains, sorghum’s popularity is seeing a resurgence. With its wonderful, nutty taste, sorghum is a terrific substitute for traditional grains consumed in everyday diets. Sorghum is an excellent source of energy, containing about 75 percent complex carbohydrate. It is a good to excellent source of iron and zinc and is rich in B complex vitamins. Sorghum is also meeting gluten-free needs for those with celiac disease or gluten-intolerance. Learn more about sorghum’s benefits from Sorghum Check-off.