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Are Wal-Mart and Whole Foods Lobbying the FDA for a GMO Labeling Law?

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posted on Apr, 2 2013 @ 07:01 PM
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Major Grocer to Label Foods With Gene-Modified Content

March 8, 2013

Whole Foods Market, the grocery chain, on Friday became the first retailer in the United States to require labeling of all genetically modified foods sold in its stores, a move that some experts said could radically alter the food industry.


The president for Whole Foods said it would take about 5 years for this to take place but due to consumer demands, they are going forward with this.


“We’ve seen how our customers have responded to the products we do have labeled,” Mr. Gallo said. “Some of our manufacturers say they’ve seen a 15 percent increase in sales of products they have labeled.






Also, seems as though Wal-Mart may follow suit too....
Genetic Changes to Food May Get Uniform Labeling

Jan. 31, 2013

With Washington State on the verge of a ballot initiative that would require labeling of some foods containing genetically engineered ingredients and other states considering similar measures, some of the major food companies and Wal-Mart, the country’s largest grocery store operator, have been discussing lobbying for a national labeling program


The inclusion of Wal-Mart has buoyed hopes among labeling advocates that the big food companies will shift away from tactics like those used to defeat Proposition 37 in California last fall, when corporations spent more than $40 million to oppose the labeling of genetically modified foods.





Evidently our voices have been heard, not by the government but by the companies themselves.
Although many companies spent a lot of money trying to stop Proposition 37 in CA, some of those companies realize it would be too costly to fight it in every state.
Therefore, due to the fact that the grocery stores themselves hear our complaints, they want the food labeled accordingly. Now some of the companies that were against it are being swayed toward their way of thinking.

Let's hope so....
Maybe there is light upon the horizon.
We may not can stop GMO foods altogether, but maybe we will be given the choice to decide on our own what we put in our bodies.

Freedom of choice........sounds good to me.

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ETA: On a side note, though many Americans don’t know it, Wal-Mart, General Mills, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Nestle, Unilever, Kellogg’s, Starbucks - even McDonald’s - are GMO-free in Europe, thanks to strict GMO labeling laws.



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posted on Apr, 2 2013 @ 07:10 PM
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Grassroots activism and marketplace pressure can bring about major changes in corporate behavior and even in public policy.
When major food corporations, under pressure from consumers, break ranks with Monsanto and the biotech industry, GMO public policy and marketplace dynamics change dramatically.



posted on Apr, 2 2013 @ 07:14 PM
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Yep, many people think corporations run the world, and they certainly do have influence, but they must answer to their customers, whoever that may be, to stay in business.

Ultimately it is you and I who call the shots, not the corporations. As long as there is a large enough base demanding change, the corporation will do what the people demand.



posted on Apr, 2 2013 @ 07:18 PM
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Originally posted by Hopechest
Yep, many people think corporations run the world, and they certainly do have influence, but they must answer to their customers, whoever that may be, to stay in business.

Ultimately it is you and I who call the shots, not the corporations. As long as there is a large enough base demanding change, the corporation will do what the people demand.



That's what I'm hoping for....
That they'll listen & pay attention to us, the consumers.

We're not getting any where relying on the government, so maybe our prayers will be answered via another way.



posted on Apr, 2 2013 @ 07:23 PM
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Well don't forget, they are in business to make a profit. It is their only goal.

If people start leaving because they want GMO food labled than I guarantee you that Wal-mart or other outlets will do what they have to in order to keep their profit margin up.

That is where their loyalty lies, nowhere else, not the government, not monsato....only their bottom line. Its quite a powerful tool the public has when they are organized and have large numbers on their side.



posted on Apr, 3 2013 @ 09:10 AM
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It's about time that Walmart does something good and in their customers best interest for a change, but the fact is that they are only doing it because more and more customers are threatening to take their business elsewhere if they don't. It would be nice if they would do something just because it is the right thing to do rather than be driven to action by fear of falling profits.

Now if we could just get more customers to threaten to take their business elsewhere if they don't replace their cheaply made Chinese inventory with products that are made in the USA......remember when the majority of their products were? It's a shame that profit rules above all- from their cheaply made inventory to their treatment of employees. Sad really.






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