Yahoo! On Friday, Whole Foods announced that all products in its North American stores that contain genetically modified ingredients will be labeled as such by 2018!
I wish that they could implement it sooner than 2018, but it’s my understanding that it takes that long for companies to sell out of their existing products and get new labels on their products. And it’s crazy to think that 2018 actually is only 5 years away. It feels like a lifetime from now!
This is exactly what us Californians were hoping for with Prop 37 on the ballot in November and even though it didn’t pass, Whole Foods heard us! Whole Foods is the first store in the US to institute the labeling policy, but hopefully not the last.
It would be even greater if this type of policy in grocery stores encouraged more food companies to make products that don’t contain GMOs. A.C. Gallo, the president of Whole Foods, said that because in the UK (where there are 7 Whole Foods stores) already requires GMO labeling, there aren’t many products that have GMO ingredients. Apparently the UK is far more sensible than the U.S. In this department… but that’s great news!
To tell the FDA and Congress to implement GMO labeling for all food, products, you can sign this petition at JustLabelIt.org.
Do you think this will make an difference in eliminating GMOs?
What kind of impact do you think it will have on your own shopping habits? Will you shop at Whole Foods more now?