Nature’s Food Patch. Leading the Way
Laurie Shamone-Powers, the owner of Nature’s Food Patch Market and Café,
has been living and breathing organics and non-GMO for 15 years. As one
of our readers who nominated the Clearwater, Fla.-based market for our Top Right to Know Grocer’s award said, Nature’s Food Patch is “one of the most ethical stores” around.
One of the earliest
crusaders against GMOs, Laurie stepped up her commitment to taking on
GMOs in 2012, when she hired a full-time GMO researcher. The new-hire
was tasked with sifting through the store’s entire inventory and
identifying all products that contained GMOs.
researcher, Patience Melton, works closely with suppliers, screening all
products for any ingredients that might contain GMOs. She encourages
manufacturers to remove suspect ingredients from all products that
aren’t already GMO-free. When all else fails, Patience recruits
customers to bombard companies’ social media networks with GMO-free
Patch is no stranger to awards. The company has received a number of
popular local awards, including the local Chamber of Commerce 2012
Business of the year. Hats off to one of OCA’s Top “Diligent Dozen”
Right to Know Grocers!