The following article is published with permission from the Environmental Working Group.
Great news - Whole Foods Market just announced that the company will require all genetically engineered foods on its shelves to be labeled by 2018! It is the first national grocery chain to do so.
Whole Foods Market has 3,300 products that are not genetically engineered, more than any other retailer in North America. Now it is taking it a step further. By 2018, any food sold in Whole Foods Market's U.S. and Canadian stores that contains genetically engineered ingredients must be labeled. This even includes meat that was fed genetically engineered feed - going beyond what any other nation requires for GE labeling. Whole Foods Market is the first national grocery store chain to set a deadline for full transparency of genetically engineered foods.
It is also a major victory for consumers who want to know what they are eating and a game-changer for federal and state-level labeling initiatives. Please take a minute and join EWG in thanking Whole Foods Market for doing the right thing on GE labeling.
It may seem like five years is a long time for this policy to take effect, but the fact is, this is a huge task. About 88 percent of field corn, 90 percent of all soybeans and more than 90 percent of canola seed grown in the U.S. come from genetically engineered seeds. Still, we predict that Whole Foods Market's announcement will bring immediate changes from many of its suppliers.
There is currently no legal requirement for genetically engineered food to be labeled. You have the right to know what you and your family are eating. That's why we're going to keep fighting for genetically engineered foods to be labeled nationwide. Thank you for standing with us and helping us move markets.
President, Environmental Working Group