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Whole Foods To Label GMO Products

Posted 3/09/2013 8:45 am by
The price of arugula at Whole Foods will not change if it's non-GMO arugula.

The price of arugula at Whole Foods will not change if it’s non-GMO arugula.

Genetically modified foods have infiltrated the food supply in a steady way since rising to prominence in the 1990’s.  The bulk of the corn and soybeans grown in the United States is GMO, thanks to being tweaked to work with various pesticides, and that trend has only spread.  Mostly vegetables now, GMO is spreading into cow’s milk and even fish and may soon make up the bulk of what we eat.  Unless you eat at Whole Foods, that is.  Whole Foods is going to become the first major grocery store chain to label products that contain genetically modified food.

“We’ve seen how our customers have responded to the products we do have labeled,” said A.C. Gallo, president of Whole Foods.  “Some of our manufacturers say they’ve seen a 15 percent increase in sales of products they have labeled.”

Whole Foods’ seven stores in the UK already label foods with GMO content, but not its 339 stores in the US and Canada.  Whole Foods’ 365 Everyday Value products are already labeled as non-GMO by the Non GMO Project.  Current US food law does not require foods containing GMO products to be labeled, but the FDA may be changing that.

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