Applaud Whole Foods for Planning to Label Genetically Modified Ingredients

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Target: A. C. Gallo, president of Whole Foods

Goal: Thank Whole Foods for agreeing to label all GMOs by 2018 and encourage other food retailers to do the same

Whole Foods Market announced that it will become the first retailer in the United States to require labeling of all genetically modified foods sold in its stores. This announcement could potentially radically change the food industry. This new plan challenges the GMO policies that have been pushed by Monsanto, DuPont and all the bioengineering companies that want consumers to remain ignorant about what they eat. Whole Foods should be commended for listening to its customers. The retailer has set an important example and now it is time for other food retailers, like Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Costco, and Safeway to follow suit and also label their GMO products.

This new labeling requirement is proposed be in place within five years and will include the 339 US-based stores in the United States and Canada. Since labeling is required in the European Union, Whole Foods already labels products sold there. The labels used currently state if a product has been verified to be GMO-free by the Non GMO Project, a nonprofit certification organization. Whole Foods has yet to design the labels that it will use in 2018.

Whole Foods is already being criticized for this policy. The Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents major food companies and retailers, has issued a statement opposing the decision, stating that the labels could mislead consumers. It is probable that there will be a lawsuit filed by Monsanto or another biotechnology company against Whole Foods, and there will likely be USDA and FDA involvement as well. It is up to the consumers who helped make this happen to defend Whole Foods in this decision. Commend Whole Foods for its plan to keep consumers informed.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear A. C. Gallo, president of Whole Foods,

The public would like to commend Whole Foods for becoming the first retailer in the United States to require labeling of all genetically modified foods sold in its stores. This announcement sets an important precedent for the food industry and it is our hope that other food retailers will follow suit.

It is likely that Whole Foods will be criticized for this policy and possibly even confronted with legal action by from organizations like the Grocery Manufacturers Association or Monsanto. Whole Foods consumers request that Whole Foods remains steadfast in this decision and continues to set this important precedent for the rest of the industry.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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3 Comments

  1. Carol Byram says:

    Hope this sets a precedent among retailers, as with the help of the Monsanto Protection Act, Monsanto can now do whatever they want with impunity with no consequences whatsoever. Monsanto and others have successfully quashed mandatory labeling of their vile products. Many thanks to retailers who pick up the slack.

  2. Thank you – blessings to you to change peoples habits and to stop MONSTERMONSANTOS as well

  3. Finally,Whole Foods does something right!After hearing about Mr.Gallo’s open hostility to his employees organizing and/or joining unions(which could only improve Whole Food’s employees lives)-i began to be disenchanted with the company.As a long time faithful customer,i found Mr.Gallo’s practice of hiring security teams to spy on Whole Foods store employees disturbing,as is the practice of management reading the texts of employees using company -issued cellphones.This creates an Orwellian atmosphere of paranoia,and anxiety.It certainly does not improve employee morale.Nor does it inspire consumer confidence in Whole Foods products;for a company that treats its employees poorly will do the same to its customers.
    I once had confidence that Whole Foods would not have anything on its shelves that was dangerous to my family’s health.Whole Food’s pledges not to sell products made with hydrogenated fats or coal tar dyes.I assumed the same was true of genetically modified foods;sadly,it does not seem to be so.At least GMO’s should be clearly labeled if sold at W.F.’s!!I do not want my child becoming ill after eating GMO corn or,developing intestinal ulcers after eating GMO soy products.I do wonder why the labeling won’t be implimented clearly until 2018?As Janis pointed out-it could be done MUCH faster!C’mon,Mr.Gallo !-Big Customer is watching YOU!
    (Not so much fun to be the watched-instead of the watcher,is it?)Whole Foods proclaims itself to be a socially conscious company intent on improving peoples lives,and saving the planet.I do applaud this company’s efforts to design energy efficient stores;and its promotion of recycling waste.Whole Foods also stocks a wide variety of excellent products that are not available elsewhere.I am aware of its social programs,and find them laudable.That’s why i was so shocked to find that Whole Food’s treated its employees so poorly .When i heard unlabeled GMO products littered the shelves at Whole Foods;I was even more disappointed(+frankly depressed!)-to hear of this latest chink in Whole Food’s greenwashed facade.Wholefoods promotes itself as being different from conventional retail grocery companies ;but it seems sadly familar to me.Let’s hope this latest development is a sign of positive change.

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