Trailblazing Thursdays: Whole Foods’ War on GMO’s

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WellnessFX is turning healthcare on its head by putting health data back into the hands of the individual. For decades Americans have been indoctrinated with a certain way to eat, exercise, and be healthy, but more and more we’re finding that not everything is as it seems. Trailblazing Thursdays is a weekly highlight on how new research, individuals, and organizations are challenging the status quo to make you healthier.

First on the list: Whole Foods Takes Stand on GMO Labels

This past election season, California had an important decision to make on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). WellnessFX practitioner Sarah Brett shared with us her thoughts on what there was to consider. Here were some of Sarah’s points on why she was for Prop 37:

  1. Because no one knows what damage any genetically modified food may do, it’s important to know any kind of genetic modification in certain types of food.
  2. In response to opponents reporting multiple studies showing GMOs are safe: “GMO corporations use patents and intellectual property rights to sue farmers, block research, and threaten investigators.”
  3. Now that GMO’s are in 70 percent of processed foods, it’s extremely difficult for scientists to isolate their health risks.
  4. The consequences of GMO technology are inherently unpredictable. Inserting a single gene can result in multiple, unintended DNA changes and mutations.
  5. Genetic contamination of other plants has already been documented. Unlike food, once seeds are released into the environment, seeds can’t be recalled.

But, alas, California voted, and Prop 37 was turned down.

That doesn’t mean the fight for informing the people about GMOs is over. Quite the contrary, in fact, as the defeat of the proposition has prompted 30 states to work towards GMO regulations. Whole Foods recently became the first national supermarket chain to commit to requiring all products sold in its stores with GMOs to be labeled by 2018.

“We are putting a stake in the ground on GMO labeling to support the consumer’s right to know,” says Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods, in a statement. “The prevalence of GMOs in the U.S. paired with nonexistent mandatory labeling makes it very difficult for retailers to source non-GMO options and for consumers to choose non-GMO products.”

It seems Whole Foods has made its stance on GMOs. Have you? Let us know in the comments below!

What to look forward to on Trailblazing Thursdays:

  • How (un)healthy Is Tofu?
  • 5-6 Meals A Day: Fact or Fad?
  • What’s The Best Diet?
  • Should We Be Scared of Saturated Fat?
  • And anything challenging the status quo (with hard science, of course)!

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.