A big victory for the Non-GMO movement is occurring at the Coop! Starting on November 16, the GMO Shelf Labeling Committee will install on-shelf labeling of Non-GMO Project certified products.
Beginning November 16th, you will be seeing a 3/8 inch green dot saying “Non GMO” on the shelf label for all products that have been certified as GMO-free by the Non-GMO Project. In addition, the GMO shelf-labeling committee will be putting the Non-GMO Project logo next to the shelf label for these same products where space permits, which should be the case for about 80% of the products. Based on our initial survey, we expect to be labeling about 300 products at the Coop, including grocery products, refrigerated products and frozen products. Labeling will NOT be provided for dairy and fresh produce items.
Labels will be updated on a bi-weekly basis by the committee to ensure that the labeling is up-to-date and accurate. To perform this work, the committee is looking to add four additional members. If you or someone you know would like to be a part of this effort and join our squad, please contact Greg Todd at email@example.com.
This is a major breakthrough for the committee and the Coop. Our committee was mandated by the General Meeting to label GMO products on the shelves in June of 2000 and has tried a variety of labeling strategies over the years. None of these strategies proved acceptable for a variety of reasons. We’re hopeful that this approach, thanks to the efforts of the Non-GMO Project and the staff at the Coop, will be a lasting part of shelf labeling at the Coop. Please attend the Coop General Meeting on October 25th for more details and for answers to any questions you may have.