Is it us, or is there an acceleration of events pointing to the inevitable labeling of GMO food on a national level?
1. This week, Chipotle has added GMO status to it product information. When you look at the list of menu items Chipotle offers, quite a few are marked “G” for GMO. That’s because they use soybean oil, for example. Most of the soybeans in the US are genetically modified.
So why would Chipotle be so forthcoming?
Because they realize that we consumers prefer transparency and honest disclosure over obfuscation (see for example our recent review of Van’s Natural Foods’ behavior). And Chipotle is working hard to replace its GMO ingredients with non-GMO alternatives. It’s not always easy to do from a sourcing perspective.
2. In other good news, the USDA has acknowledged and allowed producers of meat and liquid egg products to add a label stating that the animals were raised on a non-GMO diet.
3. Lastly, the New Jersey state assembly passed a bill that would require GMO labeling on all food products sold in the state.
These actions show that there is growing consumer demand for non GMO products, and that food companies are acknowledging and adapting their products. This means more farmers will be incentivized to grow non-GMO crops.
If you can’t wait for GMO labeling one minute longer, don’t forget to use the free Fooducate app for iPhone/Android to let you know if your food has GMOs or not.