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!