GMO Labeling Coming to Whole Foods Market
The upscale food grocer Whole Foods Market has just issued a press release declaring that it will require that all of its suppliers either to find sources of ingredients not made from biotech crops or else label their foods as containing such ingredients. From the press release:
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Whole Foods Market commits to full GMO transparency by giving supplier partners five years to source non-GMO ingredients or to clearly label products with ingredients containing GMOs.
Today, we stood up for the consumer’s right to know by announcing that all products in our US and Canadian stores containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) must be clearly labeled within five years. We heard our customers loud and clear asking us for GMO labeling and we are responding where we have control: in our own stores.
We are the first national grocery chain to set a deadline for full GMO transparency. By 2018, we will require our supplier partners to label products containing GMO ingredients, and we will work in collaboration with them as they transition to sourcing non-GMO ingredients or to clearly labeling products with ingredients containing GMOs.
Note: LibertyCrier.com does not agree with Reason.com’s (next) statement about “the scientific consensus” of the safety of biotech crops” nor is “scientific consensus” (does anyone remember global warming?) a replacement for thorough labeling.
Sigh. Retailers can either try to educate their customers about products – in this case about the scientific consensus on the safety biotech crops – or they can ratify the fears engendered by activist disinformation campaigns. In response to the Whole Foods’ announcement, the Environmental Working Group lobby shop issued a press release applauding this step: