Five years ago, Whole Foods announced it would require stringent mandatory labels on GMO products. In addition, animal products would require disclosure on whether animals had been raised on GMOs. This would have forced almost all food producers to label their products. Amazon acquired Whole Foods almost a year ago and they are now going back on their promise to label GMOs, waiting for the government to come up with a policy that is confusing and imprecise, and requires a SmartPhone to read.
Spraying of the weed killer resulted in the poison drifting to neighboring fields and killing natural crops that are not genetically modified to resist Dicamba. Farmers in 25 states submitted more than 2,700 claims to state agricultural agencies against Dicamba for destroying 3.6 million acres of soybeans.
Okanagan, a Canadian company, will begin selling ‘Arctic’ GMO apples that are genetically engineered to resist browning. The company has Arctic versions of Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, and Fuji apples, and expects to add more. The only way customers can detect the GMO apples is to scan the product code (not many customers carry around a scanner) or to rely on stores to state they are GMO apples – which most stores have no intention of doing.