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
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!