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.
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.
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