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Whole Foods Accused of Accepting Genetically Modified Foods

Whole Foods Market and other organic retailers are being accused of caving in to manufacturers of genetically modified (GM) crops and helping them legitimize their products with consumers. The products are also known as GMOs or genetically-modified organisms. Monsanto and other producers of GMO seeds and crops prefer to call them “transgenic.”

According to Ronnie Cummins, executive director of the Organic Consumers Association, Whole Foods, Organic Valley and Stonyfield Farm have “decided it’s time to surrender to Monsanto.” Citing a recent email to the stores’ customers, the publication says Whole Foods has agreed to stop fighting for the regulation of GM plants, such as alfalfa, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA, which recently authorized unrestricted cultivation of genetically modified alfalfa, says that almost all corn products, vegetable oil, sugar and soybeans produced in the United States are made from GMO crops, as are most processed foods, including breakfast cereals, salad dressing and chicken nuggets.

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