How To Shop if Avoiding GMOs

A Department-by-Department Guide

Produce | Packaged Foods | Meat | Dairy, Eggs & Cheese | Seafood
Wine & Beer | Prepared Foods | Bakery | Body Care, Vitamins & Supplements

Quick Start Guide: How to Shop if You're Avoiding GMOs

USDA Organic Logo

Organic Means No GMOs

The USDA National Organic Standards prohibit the use of GMOs.

 

Non-GMO Logo

Look For A Seal of Approval

Choose products with the Non-GMO Project Verified or NSF Non-GMO Certified logo.

 

365 Everyday Value® Logo

Choose 365 Everyday Value® brand Food Products

All plant-derived ingredients in 365 Everyday Value® food products are sourced to avoid GMOs. (Note: If a product has meat, eggs or dairy ingredients, they could be from animals that were given GMO feed — unless the product is organic or non-GMO verified.)

 

AVOID THE 11 GMO CROPS

In North America, only eleven crops from GMO seed are available commercially They are sugar beets, soy, canola, cotton, corn, zucchini, yellow summer squash, potatoes, alfalfa (animal feed only), papaya (Hawaiian only) and apples (Arctic brand only).

Check the Source on Meat, Eggs & Dairy

Milk, cheese, eggs, meat and poultry could all be from animals that were given GMO feed. If concerned, choose organic or non-GMO verified.

Consider the Additives

The five most prevalent GMO crops of corn, canola, soy, cotton and sugar beets end up as additives in all kinds of packaged foods as corn syrup, oil, sugar, flavoring agents, thickeners and hundreds of other ingredients. Choose organic or non-GMO verified.

Feel Good About Frozen

Most frozen fruits and vegetables are non-GMO unless from one of these five high-risk crops: corn, Hawaiian papaya, edamame (soybeans), zucchini and yellow summer squash. Choose organic or non-GMO verified for those five and watch out for other ingredients that might be from a risk crop.

Go for Dry Grains, Beans, Nuts and Seeds

As long as you avoid corn and soy, choosing dry beans, grains, nuts and seeds is a great way to go non-GMO.


PRODUCE: How To Shop if Avoiding GMOs

WHAT TO CHOOSE

Almost Anything!

Very few GMO crops end up in your local produce department. These five are considered to be "high-risk" for GMOs unless they are grown organically or verified non-GMO:

  • corn
  • papaya (Hawaiian only)
  • zucchini
  • yellow summer squash
  • edamame (soy)

Organic

The USDA National Organic Standards prohibit GMOs.

WHAT TO KNOW

  • We work to provide organic or verified non-GMO versions of the five high-risk produce items in our stores whenever possible.
  • GMO Arctic brand apples are available on the market. Whole Foods Market does not and will not carry these.
  • Limited varieties of GMO potatoes are in commercial production, but in very small amounts. Choose organic if concerned.

PACKAGED FOODS: How To Shop if Avoiding GMOs

WHAT TO CHOOSE

The USDA National Organic Standards prohibit GMOs.

Choose products with the Non-GMO Project Verified or NSF Non-GMO Certified logo.

All plant-derived ingredients in 365 Everyday Value® food products are sourced to avoid GMOs. (Note: If a product has meat or dairy ingredients, they could be from animals that were given GMO feed — unless the product is organic or non-GMO verified.)

  • Organic

  • Items with a Seal of Approval

  • 365 Everyday Value® brand Food Products

WHAT TO KNOW

  • Milk, cheese, eggs, meat and poultry could be from animals that were fed GMO feed. If concerned, choose organic or non-GMO verified.
  • The five most prevalent GMO crops of corn, canola, soy, cotton and sugar beets end up as additives in all kinds of packaged foods as corn syrup, oil, sugar, flavoring agents, thickeners and other ingredients.
  • Most frozen fruits and vegetables are non-GMO unless they are or contain one of these high-risk crops or their ingredient derivatives: corn, papaya, cotton, sugar beets, soy (edamame/soybeans), canola, cotton, zucchini and yellow summer squash.
  • As long as you avoid corn and soy, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds are a great way to go non-GMO.

MEAT: How To Shop if Avoiding GMOs

WHAT TO CHOOSE

The USDA National Organic Standards prohibit GMOs.

Choose products with the Non-GMO Project Verified or NSF Non-GMO Certified logo.

  • Organic

  • Items with a Seal of Approval

WHAT TO KNOW

  • Animals eat soy, corn and alfalfa that can be grown from GMO seed.
  • GMOs are prevalent in the commodity grain market — 94% of soy and 88% of corn crops.
  • There is limited availability of verified non-GMO feed at this time, but demand is encouraging more.

DAIRY, EGGS & CHEESE: How To Shop if Avoiding GMOs

WHAT TO CHOOSE

The USDA National Organic Standards prohibit GMOs.

Choose products with the Non-GMO Project Verified or NSF Non-GMO Certified logo.

All of our 365 Everyday Value® brand eggs are Non-GMO Project Verified or organic. Both of these designations require that hens are fed non-GMO feed.

  • Organic

  • Items with a Seal of Approval

  • 365 Everyday Value® Eggs

WHAT TO KNOW

  • Animals eat soy, corn and alfalfa that can be grown from GMO seed.
  • GMOs are prevalent in the commodity grain market — 94% of soy and 88% of corn crops.
  • There is limited availability of verified Non-GMO feed at this time.

SEAFOOD: How To Shop if Avoiding GMOs

WHAT TO CHOOSE

We have an unmatched selection of wild seafood from fisheries that are well managed to maintain healthy fish populations and ecosystems.

Farming these species doesn’t require any supplemental feed, so there are no GMO ingredients to worry about.

  • Wild-Caught Seafood

  • Farmed Oysters, Mussels and Clams

WHAT TO KNOW

  • There are no USDA organic standards for seafood yet.
  • Currently, feed for farmed fish in the U.S. could contain GMOs because feed ingredients typically include corn or soy, and GMOs are prevalent in those crops in the U.S.
  • There is limited availability of verified non-GMO feed at this time.
  • Farm-raised genetically engineered salmon are sold in some markets. Not ours. Our Aquaculture Standards prohibit genetically engineered fish.

WINE, BEER & SPIRITS: How To Shop if Avoiding GMOs

WHAT TO CHOOSE

The USDA National Organic Standards prohibit GMOs.

  • Organic

  • Items with a Seal of Approval

    Choose products with the Non-GMO Project Verified or NSF Non-GMO Certified logo.

WHAT TO KNOW

  • Grapes and the grains used to make beer are not typically GMO.
  • Wine and beer use yeast in their processing and some commercially available yeasts are GMO.
  • All wine and beer that is either “organic” or “made with organic” or non-GMO verified must use non-GMO yeast.
  • Many spirits are made with corn; look for organic to avoid GMO corn.

PREPARED FOODS: How To Shop if Avoiding GMOs

WHAT TO CHOOSE

The USDA National Organic Standards prohibit GMOs.

Look at the ingredient lists and avoid items that contain one of these high-risk crops or their ingredient derivatives: corn, papaya, sugar beets, soy (edamame/soybeans), canola, cotton, zucchini and yellow summer squash.

  • Organic

  • Items Made without GMO Crop Foods

WHAT TO KNOW

  • When we use canola oil in our own kitchens, we use expeller-pressed, non-GMO canola oil.
  • The five most prevalent GMO crops of corn, canola, soy, cotton and sugar beets end up as additives in all kinds of foods as corn syrup, oil, sugar, flavoring agents, thickeners and other ingredients.

BAKERY: How To Shop if Avoiding GMOs

WHAT TO CHOOSE

The USDA National Organic Standards prohibit GMOs.

Choose products with the Non-GMO Project Verified or NSF Non-GMO Certified logo.

  • Organic

  • Items with a Seal of Approval

WHAT TO KNOW

  • Areas of highest GMO risk in bakery include canola, soy, corn and dairy ingredients.
  • The best way to avoid GMOs in these products is either to buy certified organic or to choose non-GMO verified items.
  • All plant-derived ingredients in our 365 Everyday Value® food products are sourced to avoid GMOs. (Note: If a product has meat or dairy ingredients, they could be from animals that were given GMO feed — unless the product is organic or non-GMO verified.)

BODY CARE, VITAMINS & SUPPLEMENTS: How To Shop if Avoiding GMOs

WHAT TO CHOOSE

  • Organic

    The USDA National Organic Standards prohibit GMOs.

  • Items with a Seal of Approval

    Choose products with the Non-GMO Project Verified or NSF Non-GMO Certified logo. You may also see supplements with an IGEN certification mark that signifies a product has been tested for GMO content.

WHAT TO KNOW

  • Due to a very complex supply chain, there are fewer organic and non-GMO verified body care and supplement products than there are food products.
  • High-risk soy- and corn-based ingredients and micro ingredients in supplements are difficult to address. The supply of non-GMO sources is extremely limited for supplements.