Take the pledge to shop at grocery stores that respect our right to know about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food!

The nominations are in, emails sent, interviews completed, the data compiled. The results? There are hundreds of co-ops and natural food stores in North America doing an excellent job of clearly and truthfully labeling products, and offering consumers healthy, organic, locally sourced, non-GMO foods.

At the end of March, the OCA announced our Top 10 Right to Know Grocers contest, a project of our Organic Retail and Consumer Alliance (ORCA) Campaign. After months of hammering on the "Traitor Brands" whose parent companies joined Monsanto to defeat Proposition 37, the California GMO labeling initiative, we wanted to recognize retailers who are doing a great job of supporting our right to know. So we reached out to you. We asked you to nominate stand-out stores. And you responded. In all, hundreds of organic consumers nominated 156 natural health food stores, co-ops and CSAs.

With so many retailers working so hard to battle the corporate takeover of our food, how could we choose just 10 winners?  We couldn't. We went with 12 overall winners - we call them the "Diligent Dozen" - and 10 winners in each of five regions: Northeast, Southeast, Central, Northwest and Southwest. You can find all the winners, and a short description of the great work they're doing,here.

We were, frankly, blown away by the enthusiasm of those of you who appreciate what your local stores are doing, and by the dedication of the nominees to fighting the GMO battle. In the end, this turned into much more than a contest. We plan to build on this project to create a hub for organic and local, sustainable food retailers, a place where they can connect, learn from each other, and work together to pressure manufacturers to rid their products of GMO ingredients. Congrats to the winners! And if you didn't get a chance to nominate your store this time around, never fear – we're planning to make this an annual contest!

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