I’ve made no secret about the fact that I’m not a big fan of Whole Foods. The entire store is premised on promoting a “foodie” culture that is devoid from reality and best practices.
So, I wasn’t surprised when Whole Foods announced a while back that it will require labeling for every GMO product is sells. In other words, if you produce something with a GMO product, you either label it or Whole Foods won’t sell your products.
But there are a lot of problems with labeling GMOs. The forces that drive this effort might claim it’s to help consumers, but we know that’s just the PR portion of the campaign. In reality, they know full well that labeling something with a big GMO sticker will make consumers leery. Why label if there isn’t anything wrong with it? (And the FDA has consistently stated there is no meaningful difference between GMO and non-GMO food.)
Now that Whole Foods has jumped on the labeling bandwagon, they’re grabbing on to that TV fraud “Dr.” Oz and pretending to be so foodie superior to the rest of us, which is probably reason enough to boycott the store. By the way, when I say us, you know that I mean those stupid farmers that have been duped by big corporations like Monsanto into planting crops that are going to poison and kill our own families.
But, with any luck, this little scheme of Whole Food’s might just be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
What if suppliers just don’t care?
“Because GMO ingredients are so pervasive in our food supply, it’s possible food manufacturers don’t know for sure where every GMO source is. What would it cost to trace it all? How long would it take? What’s their legal exposure if they or a supplier make a mistake? These are some questions food makers would likely ask before complying with the Whole Foods request—especially since science is inconclusive and FDA sees “no meaningful difference between foods that use organic ingredients and their genetically modified counterparts,” describes The Washington Post.” (Source: The Lempert Report)
Further, Whole Foods only has 340 stores across the nation. Will it really make that big of a difference if supplies of GMO products just choose to forego labeling and not bother with Whole Foods? Probably not. Besides, don’t most consumers go to Whole Foods for their holier-than-thou organic food anyway?
If suppliers just choose not to comply, it may be devastating for Whole Foods. What’s a grocery store without any food? A bankrupt grocery store.
We can only hope.