Why has the Whole Foods Chain of Markets decided to start labeling foods with genetically modified components?
Simple-the brands that ARE labelled have seen at least a 15% increase in sales in a time when sales of everything are generally lackluster.
The Consumers are getting it-even though the Site and those that fought against labeling do not. Quoting from the article:
Genetically modified ingredients are deeply embedded in the global food supply, having proliferated since the 1990's. Most of the corn and soybeans grown in the United States, for example, have been genetically modified. The alterations make soybeans resistant to a herbicide used in weed control, and causes the corn to produce its own insecticide. Efforts are under way to produce a genetically altered apple that will spoil less quickly, as well as genetically altered salmon that will grow faster. The announcement ricocheted around the food industry and excited proponents of labeling. "Fantastic," said Mark Kastel, co-director of the Cornucopia Institute, an organic advocacy group that favors labeling.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association, the trade group that represents major food companies and retailers, issued a statement opposing the move. "These labels could mislead consumers into believing that these food products are somehow different or present a special risk or a potential risk," Louis Finkel, the organization’s executive director of government affairs, said in the statement.
No kidding...the article takes a derisive point of view to the whole affair, citing that the FDA hasn't seen fit to find any issue with such food. Mr. Finkel noted that the Food and Drug Administration, as well as regulatory and scientific bodies including the World Health Organization and the American Medical Association, had deemed genetically modified products safe. (Bear in mind most Government Regulatory Agencies are run by "revolving door" appointees from the Biotech Industries [See this link: http://www.occupymonsanto360.org/2012/02/23/monsantos-government-ties/])
The folks are waking up. I guess the 'apparatchiks' don't believe we can read or investigate. It looks like the Fortress of Biotech is getting some cracks in the walls.