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.


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.


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.

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.

What's Next for Responsibly Grown

Since our last post about the Responsibly Grown program, we’ve continued to pursue the best ways to provide you, our customers, with more transparent choices. Read more about our next steps.

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.

An Update to our Responsibly Grown Ratings System

This post is contributed by Edmund LaMacchia, Global Vice President of Perishable Purchasing and primary executive sponsor of the Responsibly Grown program at Whole Foods Market. Edmund is an advocate for organic agriculture, and has worked tirelessly with organic suppliers to create lasting relationships with Whole Foods Market.

Clarifying the Tenets of Responsibly Grown

Responsibly Grown is a comprehensive rating system for fresh produce and floral products designed to help our customers make more informed choices about the produce they buy. The system includes factors not addressed by organic standards. In just eight months, more than 200 suppliers have enrolled in the program. More are joining. Five growers who have not yet applied to participate in the program sent an open letter late last week to our Co-CEO, John Mackey, about concerns they have regarding how Responsibly Grown is currently scored. We are speaking with these growers this week to listen to their concerns and clarify some of their misperceptions about the program. Meanwhile, in the spirit of transparency, I’d like to share our counter-points to their letter below, which are provided by Edmund LaMacchia, Global Vice President of Perishable Purchasing and primary executive sponsor of the Responsibly Grown program at Whole Foods Market. Edmund has been an advocate for organic agriculture throughout his entire career, and has worked for years with organic suppliers of all kinds to develop strong and lasting win-win relationships with Whole Foods Market.

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.


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