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PETITION - Tell Safeway to Label GMO Foods

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: usa, gm food, safeway )

- 1531 days ago -
With more than 1,300 stores nationwide, Safeway is the second-largest grocery store chain in the United States. Will you join me and add your name to this petition urging Safeway to label all of its store-brand products that contain GMOs?

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Katya Pavlova (174)
Tuesday April 8, 2014, 7:57 am
Noted and signed , Thank you !

Kit B (276)
Tuesday April 8, 2014, 8:22 am

Signed and shared - Your action has been submitted. As for a big company like Safeway making these changes without some serious action by shoppers, it ain't gonna happen. Boycott Safeway and hit their bottom line and then changes will happen. Thanks David.

Ben O (156)
Tuesday April 8, 2014, 8:27 am

Brad H (21)
Tuesday April 8, 2014, 8:34 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 8, 2014, 8:38 am
Signed-thx David

Sue H (7)
Tuesday April 8, 2014, 8:59 am
Noted and signed, thanks.

Angeles Madrazo (298)
Tuesday April 8, 2014, 3:49 pm

Vicky P (476)
Tuesday April 8, 2014, 9:24 pm
noted, signed

. (0)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 6:35 am

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 8:09 am
Signed & Noted, Thank you

David C (129)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 8:17 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 10:01 am
D-o-n-e :)

Bruce C D (89)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 2:21 pm
@Kit B. --
I signed and noted because I feel putting pressure on Safeway through petitions like this or customer requests will in turn cause them to pressure suppliers to label GMO products. However, while some specialty food stores like Whole Foods may not carry much GMO foods and can perhaps afford to affix labels on the products they carry that do, it may not be practical or cost effective for other grocers to do the same, particularly those dealing in large volumes.

If they felt compelled to do so by a boycott, it could raise prices, which could in turn adversely affect poor people who already have a hard enough time trying to feed themselves. Another possible unintended consequence is that it could lead to lower wages for workers there.

A boycott would be better directed at the manufacturers of the products who are responsible, not the retailers, who are largely blameless. It makes much more sense for the manufacturers to be adding the designation to their labels. Furthermore, singling out one retailer just because it happens to be one of the largest isn't really being fair to them.

Note: I'm opposed to GMOs, I'm not much of a fan of large conglomerate grocery stores, nor do I hold any stock or any other interest in Safeway. In fact, they don't even have any Safeway stores where I live.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 2:50 pm

Muriel Servaege (53)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 3:19 pm
Noted & signed. TY, David.

Nelson Baker (0)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 4:26 pm

Fran F (118)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 4:39 pm
Signed and noted, thanks.

Dotti L (85)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 4:48 pm
Thanks, David. I signed earlier through Credo. I get almost daily things from Credo. Wish all stores would be required to label. There was a measure on the balott recently in Washington state. It was defeated. The opposition spent mega-bucks and it worked.

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 4:54 pm
Signed & noted. Thank you, David.

Janis K (126)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 5:16 pm
Signed and noted, thanks

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 5:17 pm
I signed and will share David

Dianne D (490)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 6:39 pm

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 6:39 pm

Heidi Aubrey (5)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 9:13 pm
Signed and noted.

James Maynard (84)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 9:47 pm

Angelus S (120)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 4:15 am
noted and signed thank you

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 6:51 am
noted and signed

Jim Phillips (3257)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 7:36 am
CREDO petition signed.

I quit buying a majority of my foods from Safeway years ago. I only go there to pickup a few products as needed, no GMO's. Safeway sells, unbelievably, so much junk foods and GMO products in its stores. I shop at the local farmers market and a small grocery store and its prices are competitive but the selection of goodies is far superior to Safeway.

Labeling would not force stores, companies to raise prices to include GMO's in its labels. Stores and companies change its labels constantly.

ty, David.

Jim Phillips (3257)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 9:51 am
Comprehensive List Of GMO Products

A "surprise" list...

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 1:26 pm

Debra Tate (17)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 5:25 pm
Signed and noted. Thanks

Lynn Squance (235)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 8:45 pm

I rarely go to Safeway here in Canada because their prices are higher than other grocery stores. One thing I have noticed is that organic foods are more prevalent in grocery stores now, or even at Costco. I eat Amy's soups which I get at Costco --- a box of 8 is about $15 where in the regular grocery store it is $4 per can. To be sure they are great soups.

cynthia l (207)
Friday April 11, 2014, 6:31 am
we are entitled to the truth in labeling

M B (62)
Friday April 11, 2014, 6:59 am
signed, of course.

Rehana V (0)
Friday April 11, 2014, 8:38 am

Past Member (0)
Friday April 11, 2014, 8:58 am
Noted and shared

Dan Nickerson (180)
Friday April 11, 2014, 1:22 pm
Consumers have a right to know what they are consuming. Article noted and petition signed.

Leanne B (46)
Friday April 11, 2014, 3:16 pm

Stevie A (10)
Friday April 11, 2014, 10:14 pm
In spite of my mother's boycott of Safeway, it has been my go-to grocery store.
Please, take the right action and insist on labeling it, IF you even continue purchasing it. YES, LABELS ! !

Marie W (67)
Friday April 11, 2014, 11:12 pm

Emma S (239)
Saturday April 12, 2014, 2:06 am
Done! Thanks, David.

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Saturday April 12, 2014, 2:57 am

Linda Kemp (0)
Saturday April 12, 2014, 8:47 am

Evelyn B (62)
Saturday April 12, 2014, 11:26 am
Bruce C D makes some valid points
I also signed because maybe public pressure that could threaten the income of big companies might trigger an adoption of a GMO labelling policy ... and the most effective change is that brought about "voluntarily" to meet consumers' demands. (There are often loopholes with laws!) Safeways could be the start of a snowball effect. I hope so!

Hartson Doak (39)
Saturday April 12, 2014, 3:42 pm
Signed. I also have asked at the Safeway if the organic corn was nonGMO. They did not know.

Athena F (131)
Saturday April 12, 2014, 5:58 pm
done thanks, just say NO to GMO

Marija M (29)
Sunday April 13, 2014, 8:12 am
noted, tks

Syd H (48)
Tuesday April 15, 2014, 1:44 am

I stopped shopping at Safeway years ago for many reasons including political. I did not want another damn dollar of mine going to support George Bush and his evil empire and the CEO there was strong-arming suppliers to pony up for campaign contributions. That & slotting fees which keep non-corporate food out.

I started buying local, more fair, more healthy food and have not looked back. So in a way, I am grateful to Safeway for being such blundering corporate-entrenched, union-busting idiots. :(


Syd H (48)
Tuesday April 15, 2014, 1:48 am

Oh yeah, meant to add (to go with Jim's list above) a Non-GMO shopping guide (best to find these from alternative non-Corp stores too):


Syd H (48)
Tuesday April 15, 2014, 7:00 am

Okay to add to this further after having read a few more comments:

The reality is that Safeway is not just a huge corporate store who has purposely gone out of their way to bust unions and lower wages and more to create more "poor" people, but they are indeed the outlet for just such products as those produced by those manufacturers that use those GMO ingredients that the whole political system has set up to be beneficial to those who make and those who sell them. So putting pressure on all points along the line is not out of line at all.

As for the farmers, they are perhaps the most manipulated by Monsanto and the politics of it all. They can refuse to grow GMO but if their neighbor grows it and the pollen drifts into their fields it contaminates their crops and then Monsanto sues them for stealing a licensed product. It doesn't matter who is right here, but who has the money to bankrupt the other and so the farmer usually gives in and starts growing the GMO too.

Further, crop insurance is often only available for GMO crops. To make it all worse, the banks and other crediters often will not back a farmer who is not growing GMO.

So, see... there are many more players in the game than first thought.

Plus a farmer only sees about 5 cents of a 4 dollar box of corn flakes.

It is the ones who profit big that are the most liable here. That includes Monsanto but also Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), and then manufacturers such as Kraft, Nestle, General Mills, General Foods, Atria, and more with much of that having to do with unfair taxpayer subsidies for these GMO crops. Who sells the most of those products? Why Walmart, Safeway, Kroger, etc. and they sell to the poor who are unwitting Guinea pigs (most of whom do not even know there is such a thing as GMO) in this grand experiment, so they are the ones who are losing the most and being used the most.

If we really care about the poor we wouldn't want them to have to put up with such substandard products mislabeled as food but not labeled as GMO.

As for whether a store could logically label something, I have traveled through several countries which have products with added labels to list the ingredients in the local language so I cannot buy into that argument.

If you want to understand more about the food check out the upcoming Food Summit. It's free.


Sergio Padilla (65)
Monday May 26, 2014, 12:47 pm
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