Surprising customers and the food industry alike, Whole Foods recently announced that by 2018, labeling would be required of foods that are not already organic or verified by the Non-GMO project (Read 3/8 post). It appears the food industry is buzzing with the news.
In this follow-up blog post to the Whole Foods announcement of a few days ago titled Whole Foods Market GMO Labeling Announcement Reverberating Through Industry, Jeffrey Smith of the Institute of Responsible Technology talks about the impact this decision by Whole Foods will have on its competitors. He writes: This significant breakthrough puts on notice all food companies who still use GMOs. Those who sell to health conscious shoppers are sure to make plans to remove GMOs. But the momentum against GMOs is so widespread now, we are already hearing stories of mainstream conventional brands taking steps to replace GMO ingredients.
The Whole Foods position was widely reported in media outlets such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Reuters and CBS News. Sleuth4Health found this article at Huffintonpost.com which in addition to covering the Whole Foods news, includes a video segment from the ABC show The Doctors in which a short introduction to GMOs in food is given. (The video was not in a format I could post here, otherwise I would have.)
I am feeling hopeful as I see that the word is getting out there and by whatever means, people are becoming aware that they’ve been eating GMOs since the mid-90s.