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Dr. Oz Applauds Whole Foods Market on GMO Labeling

By Paige Brady, March 28, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Brady

This past Tuesday, Dr. Oz reopened the debate on genetically modified foods. His show about GMOs last October sparked a firestorm after he expressed his firm position on mandatory labeling for GMO foods. Whole Foods Market’s action to support customer’s right to know by requiring GMO labeling in our stores inspired Dr. Oz to address the GMO issue again.  

Watch all three parts to hear Dr. Oz explain what GMOs are, how they may affect your health, why he believes labeling in crucial and how to avoid GMOs in the foods you buy. You’ll also hear our own Co-CEO Walter Robb explain why we are taking action and how we are supporting our partners through this rigorous process.

Click through to watch on Dr. Oz’s site: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Here’s a bit of what you’ll hear in the videos:

Dr. Oz: We talked about genetically modified foods on the show before and you’re taking unprecedented action as a head of one of the largest food chains in the country to force your suppliers to label every single genetically modified product that comes into your stores.

Walter Robb: Simply put, I think our customer has a right to know what’s in their food. It’s fundamental. I think our company’s responsibility to be more transparent in bringing those products to the marketplace, working together with suppliers, not force them, do it together with our suppliers is really important. We have been in support of mandatory labeling since 1992. This issue really has not gotten any traction over all of these years. Now the lack of mandatory labeling in the United States and prevalence of GMOs in the food supply make it increasingly difficult for retailers such as ourselves to offer these choices to our customers and for customers to find them.

Learn more about our commitment to GMO Labeling on our blog and on our website.

 

Category: Company Info, GMOs

 

13 Comments

Comments

Cheryl says ...
Hello, My husband and I watch Dr. Oz and I go on the Rawforbeauty and it shows some of the foods that contain GMO. Are all your foods GMO free? And how do I look for this in food in Stop&Shop so I can avoid buying this? We will be shopping at your store the beginning of April, my stomach has been very sensitive for years as I had diverticulitis and had alot of my colon removed, and my husband allergies have been worse. Now that I am reading about this GMO I believe this has alot to do with our ill health, could you send an email on how I can avoid this GMO? Thank you, Cheryl
03/28/2013 4:00:47 PM CDT
Dr. Toni Wilson says ...
What was the list of foods that were stated as difficult to find GMO free?
03/30/2013 12:26:28 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CHERYL - Due to the prevalence of GMOs in the US food supply and no mandatory labeling, there are products in our stores that contain GMOs. Walter was on the show to speak about how we have decided to have full GMO transparency at all of our stores by 2018 and each product will be labeled if it contains GMOs or not. Currently, you can look for organic products (as they are regulated by the USDA and are sourced to avoid GMOs), Non-GMO Project verified products and hundreds of our 365 Everyday Value products as their plant derived ingredients are sourced to avoid GMOs as well. You can find out more info and search for products that have gone through verification at http://www.nongmoproject.org/.
04/01/2013 4:03:57 PM CDT
NARU TAKANO says ...
Great NEWS! I have to tell the people of Japan.
04/01/2013 4:20:03 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@DR. TONI - I believe he was referencing the crops that are grown in the US due to the pervasiveness of GMOs, 93% of soy, 88% of field corn, 94% cotton, and over 90% of canola seed and sugar beets planted in the U.S. are GMO (2012 data).
04/02/2013 12:54:56 PM CDT
Rick Wells says ...
I applaud the decision of Whole Foods to begin labelling transgenetic (GMO) food products. I am a Canadian who intentionally goes out of my way to shop at Whole Foods when vacationing in Florida every year. However I am somewhat disappointed that the decision appears to have been brought on by public pressure and not company philosophy and values. I am also curious as to why it will take 5 years to make the transition when it seems to me that the stores could easily create a GMO section for customers inclined to purchase GMO products even though they may not be labelled as such. Sales from that section could be easily monitored and could be used to determine whether or not Whole Foods even needs to carry such products and if not then be free of the expense of labelling. At any rate I am grateful for your decision.
04/04/2013 6:20:13 PM CDT
DJ says ...
I've had to avoid GM foods for many years, because they give me severe stomach pains, and other serious symptoms. My husband has started getting hives and other symptoms after he eats anything that contains canola and cottonseed oils. Now he has to avoid them, because they make him sick. My brother got severe stomach pains after eating, which was treated with drugs. Then he developed stomach cancer and died. Unknown, what caused his stomach pains, but I have to wonder.....
04/08/2013 1:49:30 PM CDT
Betty Gilbert says ...
Why do you have to wait 5 years to label Non-GMO?
05/13/2013 4:07:00 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@BETTY - We are not waiting 5 years to start, we have set a 5 year deadline to have this completed. We plan to make progress much sooner than the deadline. Growing enough Non-GMO food to meet demand could be a challenge, going against a 30-year trend in agriculture which favors GMO crops: high risk crops are more than 80-90% of what’s grown in US, and many suppliers are looking overseas for Non-GMO grains and other ingredients. We want to encourage more American farmers to transition to growing Non-GMO crops so supply can meet demand. We believe that by using the five-year deadline, we can work with suppliers of products with GMOs to transition to using Non-GMO ingredients. This is a big change. Demanding labeling now would hinder that transitional process.
05/14/2013 4:44:45 PM CDT
Katherine Lutz says ...
I had the pleasure seeing Pres, Walter Rob on the Dr. Oz show. It was great and a lot of information on GMO foods. I love Whole Foods and I truly miss it. I used to live in Philadelpgia & travel all the way to Jenkintown (Fairways) Pa. to purchase your products. However, I now live in Langhorne in Bucks County Penna. The market would really be big for Whole Foods in this locale. I truly wish Whole foods would consider expansion to this area. It,s not a matter of convenience or a craving for variety. It is a matter of healthy eating. If you can,t expand here, maybe consider on line ordering or some other method. Once again great show. My kudos to Pres. Robb for a great show. Hope to hear from you soon. Katherine Lutz
05/22/2013 5:34:09 PM CDT
customer says ...
Thank you!!! Thank you!!!!!!
05/23/2013 8:06:20 PM CDT
Edna Rich says ...
Well you won't have to worry about GMO labeling in the future, because all your food will be GMO, once the government takes down all the small farmers.
08/11/2013 10:41:59 PM CDT
Jacqueline Griffith- Gills says ...
At this time, i need to study on GMOs Labers...
11/04/2013 7:02:52 PM CST