It’s Non-GMO Month: Our Progress on GMO Transparency

With the celebration of October as Non-GMO Month, it’s the perfect time to provide an update on Whole Foods Market’s GMO Transparency Initiative, first announced in 2013. We are well on our way to providing GMO transparency for the food we sell by our self-imposed deadline of September 1, 2018. Here are just a few highlights of what shoppers can find in our stores already.
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CLARIFYING MY COMMENTS ON GMO LEGISLATION

I’ve been receiving questions about comments I made during a panel discussion at the Aspen Ideas Festival when I was asked about GMO legislation. I truly appreciate all of the feedback and want to provide clarification and context so that there’s no misunderstanding about Whole Foods Market’s position on GMO labeling.

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10 Ways to Reduce Your Food Waste Footprint

The shopping, cooking, and eating habits of every day consumers are responsible for the bulk of wasted food, which is actually good news — it means we have the power to make a significant and immediate change in the food waste equation.
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Taking Action on BPA

As a long-time leader on limiting BPA, Whole Foods Market is committed to minimizing the use of BPA in canned goods where functional alternatives exist.
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Talking About: Food for Tomorrow

Editorial Director Kara Chiles attended the second annual New York Times Food for Tomorrow conference last month. She shares highlights from influencers worth watching on topics from food waste to marine conversation.

Need to Know: House Bill Could Affect GMO Labeling

Given our clear stance in support of GMO labeling transparency, we felt it important to advise our shoppers that legislation currently expected to pass in the U.S. House of Representatives this week would have real implications for shoppers who – for whatever reason – want to know which products on our shelves contain GMOs, and which products do not.
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Helping to Stop Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing

Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing continues to be a problem across our oceans. Legislation is critically important to enable the US to play a stronger role in combating illegal foreign fishing and to level the playing field for companies like ours who are working hard to source legal and responsibly produced seafood.

The Solution Under Our Feet: How Regenerative Organic Agriculture can Save the Planet

One critical and virtually unknown issue is still missing from today’s conversation about food, and it’s literally under our feet. It’s also a solution to climate change. John W. Roulac, founder and CEO of the superfoods company Nutiva, shares insights into how regenerative organic agriculture can save the planet.

Debate on Nutritional Science

I debated Nina Teicholz at a Junto meeting in New York City. The proposition: "An animal foods/low-carb diet is unhealthy compared with a 90+% plant diet that excludes sugar and refined grain products.” I, of course, spoke in favor of the proposition and Teicholz against. She is author of The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet. You can see the entire debate here.

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Biodynamic Farming: A Farm-Forward Approach

If you are a concerned eater or farmer, you should know about biodynamics. Biodynamic is a farm-forward approach to healing the planet through conscious agriculture.
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