My Plantcentric Journey

Whole Foods Market and GMO

Have you heard this:  Occupy the FDA: “A self-appointed cabal of the Organic Elite, spearheaded by Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley, and Stonyfield Farm, has decided it’s time to surrender to Monsanto. Top executives from these companies have publicly admitted that they no longer oppose the mass commercialization of GE crops, such as Monsanto’s controversial Roundup Ready alfalfa, and are prepared to sit down and cut a deal for “coexistence” with Monsanto and USDA biotech cheerleader Tom Vilsack.

We did and were so concerned we reached out to Whole Foods.  This is their response:

“Thank you for taking the time to write to Whole Foods Market about GMOs, also known as genetically engineered or GE organisms.

Our goal at Whole Foods Market is to provide informed consumer choice with regard to genetically engineered ingredients. Clearly labeled products enable shoppers who want to avoid foods made with GMOs to do so, and we offer a large and increasing number of choices in our stores. We source our entire line of national store brand products (365 Everyday Value and 365 Organic) to avoid GMOs, working closely with our suppliers to ensure that they avoid the intentional use of GMO ingredients.

We also offer a substantial and growing number of organic choices in our stores and these are a great choice if you are trying to avoid GMO foods since US and Canadian organic standards prohibit the intentional use of GMOs in products labeled as organic.

In 2009 Whole Foods Market began working with the Non-GMO Project to verify andlabel our 365 Everyday Value and 365 Organic food products. The Project is a collaboration of manufacturers, retailers, farmers, and others in the industry that have developed North America’s first independent third-party Non-GMO Product Verification Program. We have enrolled our entire line of national store brand products in the Non-GMO Project Product Verification Program, and we have actively encouraged many of our branded vendors to enroll their products as well. We have thousands of Non-GMO Project Verified products on our shelves. For a shopping list of Non-GMO Project Verified products carried by your local store, please visit the store’s webpage. Visit http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/ and select your local store from the menu.

If you’d like to learn more, please visit these links:

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/values/genetically-engineered.php

http://www.nongmoproject.org/

If you have any further questions please use our on-line response form

Best regards,

Rachael

Rachael Gruver | Global Customer Information Specialist | Whole Foods Market | 550 Bowie Street | Austin, Texas 78703″

We are satisfied that Whole Foods is still a great place to shop.  Laura

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