Skip to comments.Major Grocer to Label Foods With Gene-Modified Content[Whole Foods]
Posted on 03/12/2013 9:28:29 PM PDT by Theoria
Whole Foods Market, the grocery chain, on Friday became the first retailer in the United States to require labeling of all genetically modified foods sold in its stores, a move that some experts said could radically alter the food industry.
A. C. Gallo, president of Whole Foods, said the new labeling requirement, to be in place within five years, came in response to consumer demand. Weve seen how our customers have responded to the products we do have labeled, Mr. Gallo said. Some of our manufacturers say theyve seen a 15 percent increase in sales of products they have labeled.
Genetically modified ingredients are deeply embedded in the global food supply, having proliferated since the 1990s. Most of the corn and soybeans grown in the United States, for example, have been genetically modified. The alterations make soybeans resistant to a herbicide used in weed control, and causes the corn to produce its own insecticide. Efforts are under way to produce a genetically altered apple that will spoil less quickly, as well as genetically altered salmon that will grow faster. The announcement ricocheted around the food industry and excited proponents of labeling. Fantastic, said Mark Kastel, co-director of the Cornucopia Institute, an organic advocacy group that favors labeling.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association, the trade group that represents major food companies and retailers, issued a statement opposing the move. These labels could mislead consumers into believing that these food products are somehow different or present a special risk or a potential risk, Louis Finkel, the organizations executive director of government affairs, said in the statement.
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Better Whole Foods requires Gene-Modified Content than the government requiring such labeling.
And in the end, such labeling will impact that entire grocery industry as Whole Foods is a major player.
I believe much of the hysteria over GMOs is unfounded; however, if Whole Foods wants to label their products, I don’t see the problem. It’s not like the government is forcing their hand.
Mork from Ork won’t mind paying the prices that Whole Foods needs in order to put forward this sort of idiocy but Chuck from Pittsburgh will probably choose to buy his ground tofu turkey at his local grocer for $4.50 per pound instead of $9.50 per pound at Whole Robbery.
“..such labeling will impact that entire grocery industry as Whole Foods is a major player.”
I haven’t seen the rankings in quite a while though I’m sure Kroger still ranks #1. What are the rankings now and where does Whole Foods stand?
This is a great example of creating change by way of consumer demand. No need for government mandates. Tax payers are spared more looting and the consumers who want the product can choose to pay for the product or not.
That’s okay, Mork is where the margins are.
Helping their customers stay free to choose to buy or not buy them is simply good service.
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