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Local Food Stores Spreading the Non-GMO Word

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Sevananda Natural Foods Market in Atlanta. Photo courtesy of Food Supply Rescue Coalition.

We at GMO Inside are thrilled to see grocery stores joining in on the non-GMO action.  We recently learned about a few community food markets in the country educating their consumers about GMOs, using GMO Inside’s labels, and even working on getting products with GMOs out of their stores!  We want to show our appreciation for all the great work these markets are doing.

Nature’s Corner Natural Market in Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey has a whole section on their website that spreads the word about GMOs, sells bumper stickers with proceeds to Non-GMO Project, and promotes GMO Inside’s labels for consumers to download.  On their “Monday Giveaway” Facebook page, they regularly feature a popular non-GMO product.  In the store, all their produce is organic, and they provide a product list from Non-GMO Project for all customers.  They also have shelf tags throughout the store in front of every product that is non-gmo verified.  As Morris Sasson, Operations Manager, said, “We are strong supporters of the non-gmo movement,” and this market is clearly taking actions to demonstrate that.

Sevananda Natural Foods Market in Atlanta, Georgia and Food Supply Rescue Coalition, an Atlanta-based, grassroots organization dedicated to taking back the food supply and beating Monsanto, are teaming up to educate customers about GMOs.  Last week for Valentine’s Day, they set up a display table in the market about GMOs and chocolates.  With GMO quiz questions and recommended organic chocolates, they are spreading the word about GMOs and offering safe and healthy alternatives.  And while cooking oils are often overlooked, Sevananda Natural Foods Market steers away from genetically modified cooking oils in the food they prepare in the store.  Jaye Crawford from Food Supply Rescue Coalition says,  “What I like best as a busy mom is being able to eat at the hot bar, which is almost completely non-GMO. … Rather than using commercial soy or canola like most restaurants, Sev uses olive or safflower oils, which are both non-GMO.”

Nature’s Food Patch in Clearwater, Florida reached out to us to let us know all the great steps they are taking in their store and with their customers to become GMO-free.  They educate their customers on GMOs by providing non-GMO pamphlets at their front desk and sending email newsletters about GMOs.  They recently even featured GMO Inside in it!  As for the products they sell in their store, they label the products that contain GMOs and, impressively, are working to eliminate those products and find alternatives.  Patience Melton, their GMO Researcher, told us “Well, when it comes to high risk products, we eliminate them right away. … Even though those items are some of our best sellers, we wanted to show consumers how serious we are about becoming non-GMO.”  Now that’s something to admire.

While these three markets all happen to be located on the east coast, surely there are some others in the middle and west of the country too.  If your food market is taking steps to educate customers about GMOs, label products that contain GMOs, or eliminate genetically engineered products from the store, let us know!

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  1. Sharon Whalen Eaton
    February 20, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    Thank you for your efforts in baning GMO products. This will be one of the biggest battles America and the whole world will face in the coming years. My concerns are that all our food sources will be contaminated, whether we want it or not. The bees, butterfly’s, birds all our pollinators will be cross pollinating from crop to crop. This will wipe out old favorites, in our vegetables, berries, and grains. What is fed to our cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens and their eggs, butter, yogart, etc, all these products will have GMO in the feed. Then this can spread to our wildlife, the deer, and game birds to name a few that get into these fields. How can we possibly control all of this? The fact that Monsanto is fighting any labeling, with their big money almost spells doom to any organic foods or foods we have enjoyed most of our lifes. Any gardener will tell you the cross pollination from field to field contaminates. This is one reason corn, whatever kind is grown separately. White, yellow, and now mixed, and pop corn are never grown close to any other corn. Now tell me why the FDA is allowing this? Big money and greed are going to destroy our food sources world wide, then there will be a great famine. This should scare every person, world wide into some kind of action.

    • Open
      March 29, 2013 at 12:06 am #

      As I sit here, I have zero idea if what I eat is GMO or not. And i admit to being under-aware of the importance here. Common sense tells me I’d rthaer mother nature to do the work and let someone else package it and thats it.I have seen some twitter chatter on the topic as some of my tweeps retweet on the topic. This is who I see retweeted often Patrick recently posted..

      • cheryl lackney
        March 29, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

        As I ‘google’ and ‘search’ for more about GMO’s , I notice there aren’t enough people aware of GMO’s . Why aren’t more newscasters and television stations covering them ?? All you hear about on the news is Gun rights,Gay rights,Women rights,Etc. It’s NOT going to matter how many rights we have ,if we’re eating GMO’s and drinking “FRACK” water .We will be DEAD or Seriously ILL to use these RIGHTS !!!!

  2. Ella Baker
    March 1, 2013 at 2:05 am #

    There is a need to stop GMO foods, there have been reports that animals have eaten chemicals inculcated on GMO crops which is why the danger to human’s life can happen anytime.

  3. Robert
    March 27, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    Kathy – I feel for you! In a way, being gluten free is socend nature now, but I wonder what else I am doing that is harming myself and my kids. I don’t know much about sensory issues, but Julian has calmed down SO much more this year. I think it’s the different school environment. Less kids, less stress. I am in now way an expert on this area, but I work with kids every day, and I develop personal relationships with many of them that study with me for many years. There’s a lot going on in these kids lives (not just food related) that cause some wacky behavior every now and again. Just what I observe as a teacher that sees them once a week. There’s a lot of peer stress and peer imitation in the schools. One of my friends just lent me a book something along the lines of simple parenting (I don’t remember the exact title), but it’s a wonderful eye opener into eliminating the extra stuff from our lives.

  4. cheryl lackney
    March 29, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    I am very disappointed & disturbed that the “Monsanto Bill” was passed . But, as I ‘google’ and ‘search’ for more about GMO’s , I notice there aren’t enough people aware of GMO’s . Why aren’t more newscasters and television stations covering them ?? All you hear about on the news is Gun rights,Gay rights,Women rights,Etc. It’s NOT going to matter how many rights we have ,if we’re eating GMO’s and drinking “FRACK” water .We will be DEAD or Seriously ILL to use these RIGHTS !!!!

  5. cheryl lackney
    March 29, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    As I ‘google’ and ‘search’ for more about GMO’s , I notice there aren’t enough people aware of GMO’s . Why aren’t more newscasters and television stations covering them ?? All you hear about on the news is Gun rights,Gay rights,Women rights,Etc. It’s NOT going to matter how many rights we have ,if we’re eating GMO’s and drinking “FRACK” water .We will be DEAD or Seriously ILL to use these RIGHTS !!!!

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