Whole Foods Market® supports your right to know what’s in your food. We are diligently working with over 100,000 supplier partners to bring you full transparency in labeling GMO products in our stores by 2018. We have many non-GMO options in our stores now and will continue to add more. Here’s how to shop if you’re choosing to avoid GMOs.
1. Go organic!
The USDA National Organic Standards prohibit the use GMOs.
2. Look for the Non-GMO Project Verified seal
Third-party verification that a product is made without the intentional use of GMO ingredients. You can find over 4,800 Non-GMO Project Verified products in our stores!
3. Choose Our 365 Everyday Value® brand
All plant-derived ingredients in our 365 brand are sourced to avoid GMOs. Please know that if a 365 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 Project Verified.
4. Eat Your Fruits and Veggies
Most fresh produce is non-GMO; sweet corn, Hawaiian papaya, edamame, zucchini and yellow summer squash are the only produce items currently grown commercially from GMO seed*. We are working to provide verified non-GMO versions of these in our produce departments.
* Some GMO versions of apples and other crops are being tested but are not currently approved to be planted for commercial production. GMO versions of tomatoes and potatoes have been approved for planting, but are not currently in commercial production.
5. Check the Source on Meat, Eggs and Dairy
Milk, cheese, eggs, beef, chicken and pork could all be from animals that were given GMO feed. Choose organic or Non-GMO Project Verified.
6. 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 other ingredients. Over 70% of the packaged foods in the US have GMOs. Choose organic or Non-GMO Project Verified.
7. Feel Good About Frozen
Most frozen fruits and vegetables are non-GMO. Frozen fruits and vegetables without additives are good non-GMO choices unless from one of these five high-risk crops: sweet corn, Hawaiian papaya, edamame, zucchini and yellow summer squash. Choose organic or Non-GMO Project Verified for those five.
8. 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.
9. Go Wild
Some farmed fish eat GMO feed. Choose wild-caught seafood or farmed oysters, mussels and clams (they aren’t given supplemental feed).
10. Drink Responsibly
All wine and beer labeled either "organic" or "made with organic" or “Non-GMO Project Verified” must use non-GMO yeast. Wine grapes and the grains used to make beer are not typically GMO.
11. Be Informed
Currently, these are the only US crops grown commercially from GMO seed: alfalfa, canola, corn, cotton, Hawaiian papaya, soy, sugar beets, yellow summer “crook-neck” squash and zucchini.
Do you have a favorite non-GMO product? We’d love to hear about it.
Learn more at GMO: Your Right to Know.