GMO Food at Whole Foods
The following update on the Whole Foods Market GMO controversy comes courtesy of the Organic Consumers Association:
“Whole Foods Market is a founding member of the Non-GMO Project, and yet, since 2009, WFM have only verified approximately 382 of their 2600 store brand “365” products as “Non-GMO.” The average WFM grocery carries between 20,000 to 50,000 items, of which only 30-40% are certified organic. The rest of their products, typically marketed as “natural,” include thousands of processed foods and animal products containing genetically modified ingredients or raised on genetically engineered animal feed. Of course Safeway, Publix, Wal-Mart and other supermarkets are far worse than Whole Foods – selling fewer organic products and even more GMO-tainted fare – but since Whole Foods claims to be an ethical leader in the marketplace and a champion of GMO labeling, they should be leading the charge for GMO labeling instead of pretending that the “Non-GMO Project” takes the place of mandatory labeling.”
The fact that only 30-40% of the products sold at Whole Foods are organic is very troubling. That means you are paying premium prices for food laced with GE and GM ingredients. People don’t refer to it as Whole Paycheck for nothing. Shopper beware.