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Monday 03/11/13

Whole Foods Changes Biotech Labeling Debate
The dynamics in the biotech food-labeling debate shifted last week when Whole Foods announced all of the products in its U.S. and Canadian stores would have to be labeled if they contain ingredients from crops with genetically modified traits, or as everyone likes to label them "GMOs."[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:29AM CDT 03/11/13 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (5)
Who in the world cares what they do or do not put on their labels? If that is their marketing ploy, more power to'em. We are going to plant BT corn this spring. Hope they recognize that 50% of the food produced in Africa is consumed by insects. Just seems more appealing to me to have corn flakes for breakfast rather than larvae. If people would get off their duff and grow their own, labeling would not be an issue.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 11:57AM CDT 03/11/13
What courage! We love whole foods
Posted by Unknown at 9:42PM CDT 03/11/13
I think Chris might have just coined a new label for the "red states",,,, the "cracker barrel states"????
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 5:35AM CDT 03/12/13
It is a free country. Whole Foods can do as they please. I just wonder if they purchase meat and cracker ingredient products from a few of my aqaintances' who are certified organic and have crop sprayers in their shed. Just some food for thought.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 7:33AM CDT 03/12/13
Here's the completely missed point behind this. It's the CONSUMERS who changed 'Whole Foods' mind on the issue. At the moment I have ceased buying whole product lines over the unwillingness to be trans parent for those crazy folks who pay the taxes that subsidies come from, then pony up THEIR monies for the goods-and why is that? Big Companies spent $45M to end the Prop 37 Initiative...but it didn't end. We're Americans, we expect to have honest choices, especially about what we spend our money on. Congress, whether we like it or not, it seems, will spend whatever of our money they want to on subsidies for Industrial Farming. (Look what happened with Stamp Farms LLC, in spite of that) However, these Food Companies not only label the presence of GMO's on their packaging in over 61 other countries, but re-formulate contents as the resident laws demand. Whole Foods simply discovered sales of labeled non-GMO Foods went up 15+%. The Consumers are voting with their money-and remember it IS their money. If you keep wanting a piece of it, you might give it more than an out of hand dismissal. As far as practices go, I would voice with Bonnie a need for standardization just as sure for Organic as Industrial-hey, fair is fair.
Posted by Ric Ohge at 10:46AM CDT 03/12/13
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