The Fight on Labeling
Whole Foods is the leading distributor of organic produce in the United States. Whole Foods also is leading the “labeling war” on genetically modified food being sold grocery stores. Whole Foods is trying to become a “game changer” by becoming the first store in the United States to require labeling of the genetically modified produce sold in its stores. President of Whole Foods A.C Gallo commented that “some of our manufactures say they’ve seen a 15 percent increase in sales of products they have labeled”. Those who support the movement in labeling if the food is genetically modified or organic feel that “consumers have a right to know about the ingredients in the food they eat”. However, those against labeling food “feel that labels could mislead consumers into believing that these food products are different or provide a potential risk”. Labeling foods that are genetically modified or not, seems to be the wave of the future. In a recent poll conducted by the Mellman Group last year, resulted stating that over ninety percent of the respondents were in favor of labeling food. Super Fresh should support the movement of labeling genetically modified foods because, it is their ethical responsibility to inform the public what Super Fresh is selling to its customers, supporting the movement will also affect the farmers by producing less genetically modified food and more organic food, given that the sales of organic food will increase, because the public is more informed about the topic, and lastly, looking at the community, including small restaurants will be pressured into labeling as well, and pressured into serving non-genetically modified options.
Super Fresh should support the movement of labeling genetically modified foods because it is their ethical responsibility to inform the public what Super Fresh is selling to its customers. The “organic” movement started in the early 2000’s when the public started to become skeptical of what the “big box company’s” were selling them. The key words in the movement are “food products” which are your cereals, poptarts, fruit roll ups, and anything that humans make that you can eat. In the United States food is being shipped everywhere, by truck, plane, and even ships, which means that our food needs to have a long shelf life. By adding in “certain chemicals” and “additives” our food can last longer than most. Numerous examples are how people left out a McDonalds meal out in the open air for years, and it doesn’t rot or decompose like normal food. There have been studies on rats that that have showed that bioengineered food can be harmful, but there are other studies that show that the genetically modified products are safe. Labeling food that is genetically modified food (GMO) is ethnically right for the consumer to know. Providing education to the public about (GMO) should not be the stores responsibility, but the consumers should know what they are buying, it is then on the consumers to educate themselves on whether or not they want to eat something that has (GMO) in it. With certain city’s such as New York making it mandatory for restaurants to provide nutrition information about the food such as calorie amount is becoming common, it is only a matter of time before labeling if a product has (GMO) is common as well. If a customer takes the time and educates themselves on the topic of (GMO) and decides that they do not want to consume these products, they should not have to go through a guessing game of what has (GMO’s) and what does not. By labeling the products not only makes it convenient for the consumer, but may also intrigue them to do their own research on (GMO’s)
Assuming that organic food will become more popular with the labeling movement and the reasons stated above, the movement will affect the farmers by producing less genetically modified food and more organic food. Right now, farmers have no incentive...
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