The jury is still out on whether or not genetically modified food is potentially dangerous to our health. The federal government says no, along with many scientists, including those who work for the companies that create the genetic modifications. Those include Monsanto and DuPont, whose advertising slogan used to be “better living through chemistry”
Many health experts disagree. And many consumer advocates say whatever the truth, we consumers have the right to know. Whole Foods agrees with the consumer advocates, and will begin labeling GMO food products by 2018.
That includes meat, poultry and dairy products from animals fed genetically modified corn, soybeans or other grains and feeds. Whole Foods, which is based in Austin, Texas, also has seven stores in the United Kingdom, where labeling already is required for foods that contain GMO ingredients. The company’s president, A. C. Gallo told USA Today that as a result, there aren’t many products there that have GMO ingredients.
Whole Foods is the first to step up to the GMO plate. Trader Joes, are you next?
Consumer and environmental advocacy group Food and Water Watch and others have been pushing for a federal law requiring labeling on all genetically modified foods.