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INCIDENT REPORT: Whole Foods Rejects Dialog on GMO Safety

Posted: June 13th, 2012 | Filed under: Incident Reports, Photos | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Safe Food Action STL WFM5 INCIDENT REPORT: Whole Foods Rejects Dialog on GMO Safety Whole Foods Market USDA Tim Lloyd Survey Safe Food Action St. Louis Photos Occupy St. Louis Missouri Kate Klotz GMO Labeling gmo Gateway Green Alliance Don Fitz Coyote Jim Brentwood

Coyote Jim Joins Picket Line

Whole Foods Rejects Dialog on GMO Safety

by Don Fitz

Drivers passing by the Brentwood, Missouri Whole Foods Market (WFM) on June 9 spied a 14 foot tall coyote puppet. Next to the puppet was a sign reading “Coyote Jim Says” followed by “GMOs Contaminate Food” and “Whole Foods Sells GMOs.”
Safe Food Action STL WFM8 INCIDENT REPORT: Whole Foods Rejects Dialog on GMO Safety Whole Foods Market USDA Tim Lloyd Survey Safe Food Action St. Louis Photos Occupy St. Louis Missouri Kate Klotz GMO Labeling gmo Gateway Green Alliance Don Fitz Coyote Jim Brentwood
Twenty members of the Gateway Green Alliance (GGA) and Safe Food Action St. Louis (SFA), along with Occupy St. Louis supporters were reminding customers that higher prices at WFM do not necessarily buy better food. The action followed the refusal of WFM to discuss the safety of food it sells which contains GMOs (genetically modified organisms).

Many of the customers who stopped to talk were aware of health and environmental problems caused by GMOs and wanted to know how to avoid them. But they were mostly unaware of the large number of GMO products sold by WFM.

In April 2012 GGA and SFA presented WFM the results of a survey they did on attitudes toward food labeling by 315 participants in St. Louis. The poll found that 95% wanted labels on foods containing GMOs. If also showed that WFM customers were the least likely of five groups to be willing to serve GMOs. But, at the same time, they were the most likely to expect food at WFM to be free of GMO contamination.

Safe Food Action sent the April findings to WFM and asked management to contact them by May 14 to discuss the findings and recommendations. When WFM stonewalled them, the safe food advocates called a picket for June 9.
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