Sorry Safeway and Kroger: while consumers applaud your recent decision to ban genetically-modified salmon from your stores, it’s not enough to make the cut for the Top 12 Right to Know Grocers as identified by the Organic Consumers Association. As part of the organization’s “Organic Consumer and Retail Alliance” Project, the organization selected the “Diligent Dozen” as the best grocers in America and Canada based on their policies and practices to educate consumers about genetically-modified organisms and provide them with GMO-free food alternatives.
Also check out the Organic Consumers Association website for the 50 best regional grocery stores.
The OCA made the following grocery store selections, in part, for working with manufacturers and food producers to transition to GMO-free ingredients and for GMO labeling requirements:
Berkshire Organics Market & Deli, Dalton, MA
The market has staff person who investigates all products for potential GMO ingredients before it will consider them for their shelves, which is important since few, if any, foods containing GMO ingredients promote this fact on their labels. A large percentage of its foods are certified organic. The staff also visits farms to confirm sustainable farming practices.
Dad’s Organic Market, Saskatoon and Regina, SK
The market initiated a GMO-free policy, which it communicates to vendors and manufacturers. The store also requires that manufacturers confirm their GMO-free status on company letterhead before it will consider purchasing products from them.
Good Earth Natural Foods, Fairfax, CA
Jimbo’s…Naturally!, San Diego, CA
This GMO-Free grocery story has worked to get manufacturer’s to eliminate GMO ingredients from their foods and to pursue organic or Non-GMO Project verification. The store also donated $10,000 to support Prop 37.
MOM’s Organic Market, Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC
For nearly two years, this organic market has been informing suppliers that they won’t accept foods with high-risk GMO ingredients. They also require Non-GMO Project verification or organic certification if they suspect that any products that could potentially contain GMO ingredients. This market donated $15,000 to Prop 37and related movements.
Native Sun Natural Foods Market, Jacksonville, FL
Five people on-staff research and review products and assess the potential for possible GMOs.
Natural Grocery Company, El Cerrito and Berkeley, CA
Four years ago the store’s buyers began informing vendors that they will only purchase organic products, except where they are not available. Non-organic foods must be certified GMO-free by Non-GMO Project. The Natural Grocery Company also donated to Prop 37.
Nature’s Food Patch Market & Cafe, Clearwater, FL
The store labels any foods suspected of containing GMO ingredients with GMO tags.
Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Co-Op, San Diego, CA
Manufacturers are required to provide an affidavit confirming the GMO-free status of their foods if the products aren’t organic. Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Co-Op has removed products containing GMO ingredients are from the store. Donated $5,000 to support Prop
Sundance Natural Foods, Eugene, OR
Sundance Natural Foods are self-declared “Gatekeepers” to protect the food supply from corporations that attempt to degrade it for profit.
Sunspot Natural Market, Kokomo and West Lafayette, IN
The store makes an effort to ensure GMO products do not enter their store. The staff contacts manufacturers who claim their products are free of GMOs when they do not have “Non-GMO Project” certification.
Terra Organica, Bellingham, WA
The store surveyed its customers to find whether they wanted GMOs labeled or not, or whether they wanted GMOs eliminated altogether. Customers chose labels so the store is attempting to label all GMO-containing foods.
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