The Futon Shop is a big supporter of GMO free food and chemical free products in your food and in your home: this is an interesting take from OTA
Below is the Response from OTA- Organic Consumers Association. This is so interesting.
Did you know That Whole foods was slow to support GMO Prop 37. What do you think of this repsonse? Do you agree? Is Whole Foods labeling requirement for 2018 to long a wait? IS OTA right by decreasing the wait and bumping up the date to 2015?
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2013
CONTACT: Organic Consumers Association http://www.organicconsumers.org/,
Katherine Paul, 207.653.3090
FINLAND, Minn. - The million-strong Organic Consumers Association (OCA),
North America's leading watchdog over organic and fair trade standards,
said today that it is encouraged by Whole Foods Markets' plan,
announced last week, to support consumers' right to know by requiring
labeling of all foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
in its U.S. and Canadian stores by 2018.
However, the OCA called on Whole Foods, the nation's largest national
organic foods retailer, to move up its labeling deadline to July 2015,
and to take the lead in the organic industry to end deceptive labeling
practices by requiring all the stores' products that include the word
"natural" in their labeling or packaging to be GMO-free.
"We are pleased that Whole Foods has finally recognized consumers' right
to know about GMOs," said Ronnie Cummins, National Director of the OCA.
"This is a major victory for U.S. consumers who have for far too long
been denied basic information which would enable them to make safe,
healthy food choices. This also represents a major defeat for Monsanto
and the rest of the biotech industry who have been deceiving consumers
since they first conspired more than 20 years ago with the U.S. Food
& Drug Administration to falsely convince consumers that genetically
modified foods are no different than foods that don't contain organisms
created by manipulating DNA in laboratories or by injecting seeds with
bacteria and pesticides."
But the Whole Foods plan does not go far enough, Cummins said. "We ask
that Whole Foods step up its timetable for GMO labeling, to coincide
with the July 2015 deadline prescribed by I-522, the citizens'
initiative for GMO labeling in Washington State. We also call on Whole
Foods to stop selling products that contain GMOs under the misleading
"natural" label, and to require any product in its store called
"natural" be GMO-free."
Washington's I-522 is expected to pass in November 2013, becoming the
first statewide mandatory GMO labeling law. The law establishes July
2015 as the deadline for compliance. Whole Foods Markets already
complies with the U.K.'s mandatory GMO labeling law in its seven stores
in that country.
Whole Foods came under fire last year when the company dragged its feet
in supporting Proposition 37, California's Right to Know GMO Labeling
citizens' initiative. In October, CEO John Mackey confirmed in a blog
post that Whole Foods stores knowingly sell Monsanto's genetically
modified corn, without labeling it.
Last week, the OCA launched a new nationwide campaign: Organic Retail
and Consumer Alliance (ORCA). The new alliance will aggressively promote
organic food and products, and expose and eliminate the rampant
"natural" labeling and marketing fraud that has slowed the growth of
America's $30-billion dollar organic sector.
"Routine mislabeling and marketing fraud has confused millions of U.S.
consumers, and enabled the so-called "natural" foods and products sector
to grow into a $60-billion- a-year powerhouse, garnering twice as many
sales in 2012 as certified organic products," said Cummins. "It's time
we stopped allowing food companies to market unhealthy food products,
containing GMOs, pesticides, and synthetic and chemical compounds, as
"natural," and we call on Whole Foods Market to take the first step."
The Organic Consumers Association
(OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest
organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The
Organic Consumers Fund is a 501(c)4 allied organization of the Organic
Consumers Association, focused on grassroots lobbying and legislative action