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Will Whole Foods Start a Trend By Requiring Labels on GMO Food?

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The upscale grocery chain Whole Foods Market is getting ahead of the game, becoming the first major retailer in the United States to require that all genetically modified foods in their U.S. and Canadian stores be labeled by 2018.

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Roseann d (178)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 4:07 pm

The upscale grocery chain Whole Foods Market is getting ahead of the game, becoming the first major retailer in the United States to require that all genetically modified foods in their U.S. and Canadian stores be labeled by 2018. It’s a move that could “radically alter the food industry,” notes the New York Times. In explaining the move in the Whole Foods blog, the retailer says it “stood up for the consumer’s right to know,” pointing out that “our customers care passionately” about the issue. Although there are no mandatory labeling laws in Canada and the United States, more than 60 countries have some form of regulation and several U.S. states are considering the issue.

"This is an issue whose time has come," Whole Foods Co-Chief Executive Walter Robb said. "With cases like horse meat discovered in the U.K., plastic in milk in China, the recalls of almond and peanut butter in the U.S., customers have a fundamental right to know what's in their food."

In November, California voters did not back a ballot measure that would have required GMO labeling after companies dumped millions of dollars to attack the campaign, points out the Los Angeles Times. Yet the latest move by Whole Foods shows how major retailers are starting to use their influence to shift opinions on an issue even if the government doesn’t get involved, such as when Burger King announced it would only use eggs from cage-free hens. Although others are expected to follow the Whole Foods lead, it likely won’t be a quick process simply because the issue of genetically modified foods isn’t easy to understand for the public at large.

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 4:54 pm

Kit B (276)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 5:47 pm

I just wonder why it always takes 5 - 30 years to achieve a goal. The public is aware of GMO's and would be more aware if the media would do it's job and educate and inform the public. *sigh* I guess that is asking too much.

Siti R (12)
Monday March 11, 2013, 2:51 am
too long overdue! tough to get the labeling on when the bulk of the food suppliers rather keep the people in the dark. kudos to Whole Foods! love their sponsorship of the Top Chef etc series.

Past Member (0)
Monday March 11, 2013, 4:05 am
Agreeing with Rose NOFWDPLZ

Past Member (0)
Monday March 11, 2013, 4:16 am
Let's learn before we eat

Kath P (9)
Monday March 11, 2013, 4:44 am
GMO foods used to be labeled but that fell by the way side when people wouldn't buy them. I'd very much like to see them go back to labeling previously frozen meat as well as GMO food.

Kerrie G (116)
Monday March 11, 2013, 5:41 am
Noted, thanks.

Frans B (582)
Monday March 11, 2013, 7:11 am
I really hope so....thanks for posting this Roseann

Ro H (0)
Monday March 11, 2013, 7:34 am
good start

. (0)
Monday March 11, 2013, 10:12 am
I think Kit it takes 5 - 30 years for the ptbs to filibuster change so they can continue to maximize profit. It always amazes me that GMO crops for example are for the most part banned in Europe; yet you can bet that the GMO companies have Euro investors reaping profits through Monsanto et al here in the States. During that 5 - 30 years they're trying to find ways to adapt to changing trends so they can continue to profit.
Too bad they wouldn't help with health care; education and the betterment of society with a percentage of those massive profits or investing in the conversion of our world to scalar wave energy and its existing devices which they control.

Birgit W (160)
Monday March 11, 2013, 1:44 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday March 11, 2013, 1:50 pm
Thanks for the info, Roseann. Although the news is good, I agree with Michael K---seems they just want to milk everything they can out of the present system to maximize profits. I'll bet they could make the changes much faster.

Shirley B (5)
Monday March 11, 2013, 2:33 pm
Too true, Lois. I think it gives them time to use us as lab rats.

Roseann d (178)
Monday March 11, 2013, 3:27 pm
I agree Lois. Companies change packaging labels all the time. It's no big deal. The good news is so many states are filing "Just Label It" campaigns that evil Monsanto, Cargill, et al. simply can't keep up any longer. It's cutting into their profits. YAY!

Ray M (0)
Monday March 11, 2013, 8:38 pm
We can only hope. Hopefully, Whole Foods continues this practice forever.

Marie W (67)
Monday March 11, 2013, 10:40 pm
I hope so.

Robby R (15)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 11:20 am

Mitchell D (87)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 4:59 pm
I'll guess that Michael and Lois are on point.

Süheyla C (234)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 2:39 pm
Noted. Thank you so much for posting .

Melania P (122)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 3:01 pm

Sergio Padilla (65)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 9:15 am
I hope, it is fair for people to know what is in their food!
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