“Non-GMO is a line in the sand for us. It’s the start of the discussion, not the end topic. We are looking at organic and beyond: biodynamic, heritage, and heirloom,” says Errol Schweizer, Whole Foods’ executive global grocery coordinator. “It’s about true sustainability and product identity.”
Getting Whole Foods’ suppliers to become non-GMO verified is the first step in persuading them to transition to organic, Schweizer says. The company has a growth plan to reach 1,000 stores. To meet that goal, and shoppers’ demand for its current product mix, more acreage of both non-GMO and organic crops will be needed. Last March Whole Foods announced that it will require its suppliers to label all products containing GMOs by 2018.
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