Organic is a big buzzword when it comes to the marketing of food with every producer and food retailer looking to add more organic type foods to their shelves and one of the leaders would have to be Whole Foods.
Except there is a big problem with the company's assertion that they sell true organic products - not all of those products are truly organic.
According to Joe Dickson, quality standards coordinator for Whole Food Markets, genetically modified foods are so prevalent in the United States that it is impossible for the company to keep those foods out of their stores.
Even though Whole Foods say they try hard to work with their suppliers to move them to foods that don't contain genetically modified ingredients they point to the government's lack of a mandate to force label information of food stuffs containing genetically modified (GMO) ingredients.
In spite of public skepticism about GMO foods, the FDA has backedMonsantoand other corporations, declaring that modified foods do not require special labeling lettingconsumersknow they are eating Frankenfoods. This is in contract to the European Union, where public concern over health issues resulted in a moratorium on GMO's. Many European countries, including France, Germany, Greece, Austria and Luxembourg have bannedgenetically modified foods, while other countries in the EU permit their sale only when products include clear labels of GMO ingredients.
Whole Foods' recent admission proves how successful the biotechcompanieshave been in their efforts to replace foods unadulterated by hormones with Frankenfoods. The fact that one of the best-known purveyors ofnaturalfoods has decided to throw in the towel rather than holding the line againstbiotechfoods means consumers will have fewer places to go in their quest to buy non-genetically engineered foods.