Our Commitment to GMO Transparency

At Whole Foods Market, we believe you have the right to choose what’s in your food, and we are committed to GMO (genetically modified organism) transparency. Currently, we offer thousands of products in our stores that have met requirements for an organic (thus non-GMO) or non-GMO-verified label. As always, our goal is to provide our customers with information to make informed choices.

Department by Department

Here’s a breakdown of just some of the work going on by store department.

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

PACKAGED FOODS (GROCERY)

  • For several years, we’ve sought out new offerings that are organic (thus non-GMO) or non-GMO verified (Non-GMO Project Verified or NSF Non-GMO Certified).
  • We’ve pioneered products (eggs, yogurt, milk) from animals fed non-GMO feed and launched numerous biodynamic products, which do not allow GMOs.

FRESH PRODUCE

  • We offer an unmatched selection of organic (thus non-GMO) fresh fruits and vegetables every day.
  • We work to offer organic or verified non-GMO versions of the five GMO-risk produce items (corn, papaya, zucchini, yellow summer squash and edamame/soybeans) in our stores.
  • We keep an eye out for additional crops that have been approved for GMO planting. Limited varieties of GMO potatoes are in commercial production, but only in very small amounts. Arctic brand apples are available in some markets, but we do not and will not carry them.

MEAT DEPARTMENT

  • We work with national suppliers to encourage the use of non-GMO feed.
  • Some of our meat and poultry products have been verified non-GMO.
  • We offer a selection of organic (thus non-GMO-fed) meat and poultry items.

PREPARED FOODS DEPARTMENT

  • When we use canola oil in our own kitchens, we use expeller-pressed, non-GMO canola oil.
  • We’ve communicated with our suppliers about our preference for non-GMO ingredients.
  • We provide organic options throughout our prepared foods department, including salad bar items, rotisserie chicken and soups.
  • Some rotisserie chickens in some stores have been non-GMO verified.

DAIRY DEPARTMENT (DAIRY, CHEESE AND EGGS)

  • We work with national suppliers to encourage the use of non-GMO feed.
  • We’ve pioneered new products from animals fed non-GMO feed (eggs, yogurt, milk).
  • All of our 365 Everyday Value® brand eggs are Non-GMO Project Verified or organic (thus non-GMO).
  • We offer an unmatched selection of organic (thus non-GMO-fed) dairy and cheese items.
  • We offer an excellent variety of organic (thus non-GMO) or non-GMO verified non-dairy and meat-alternative products.

SEAFOOD DEPARTMENT

  • We’ve reached out to all of our aquaculture suppliers to discuss GMO ingredients in feed.
  • We are working to launch Non-GMO Project Verified and NSF Non-GMO Certified seafood products.
  • A significant amount of Whole Foods Market's farmed seafood comes from Europe where GMOs are not as prevalent in feed for farmed seafood.
  • Our Responsibly Farmed seafood standards prohibit genetically engineered fish, which, for example, means we do not carry genetically engineered salmon.

BAKERY DEPARTMENT

  • Some of our bakehouses are certified organic facilities that ship organic bakery goods to our stores. Organic prohibits GMOs.
  • All plant-derived ingredients in our 365 Everyday Value® brand food products (including baked goods) are non-GMO.

SPECIALTY CHEESE

  • We offer an unmatched selection of organic (thus non-GMO-fed) cheeses.
  • All plant-derived ingredients in our 365 Everyday Value® brand food products are non-GMO.
  • We work with national suppliers to encourage the use of non-GMO feed.
  • We’ve pioneered many new cheese products from animals fed non-GMO feed.

WINE & BEER

  • We offer a good and growing selection of wines and beers that are organic and/or biodynamic, both of which prohibit GMOs.

BODY CARE & SUPPLEMENTS

  • We offer hundreds of organic body care products that are certified to the USDA Organic Standards or the NSF 305 Organic Personal Care Product Standards, both of which prohibit GMOs.
  • We offer a growing number of non-GMO Verified body care and supplement products.
  • We offer a growing number of supplement products that have received Nutrasource iGen GMO review.
  • We are working closely with the supplement and body care industries to identify areas of GMO risk and explore non-GMO alternatives.