In a blog post, Senior Vice-president of Consumer Affairs Mary Ellen Burris tells customers if they want to avoid all genetically modified organisms, they need to buy organic food. Wegmans said it has studied GMOs for 20 years. Farmers like GMO seed because they reduce operating costs, reduce the need for insecticides, get a higher yield and can help the environment. Wegmans says 80 percent of American cropland is planted with GMO seed.
Wegmans has an extensive Frequently Asked Questions page on GMO. Wegmans’ answer to the question about “other concerns” with GMO is telling:
It seems that GMOs really stands for “Got Many Opinions.” Check the blogosphere and you’ll find that for every pro-GMO position, there is a counter view. We regularly attend seminars where this plays out. Some wonder why so many other countries restrict GMOs. Others don’t trust those who profit the most from these patented crops. They wonder if too much power has been consolidated into a few seed companies. They see GMOs as part of an agricultural system focused on a few crops at the expense of greater bio-diversity. Others believe that inserting a single trait is not as simple as it sounds and that we may not understand the full range of interactions that are impacted.
On the other hand, some are just as concerned that farmers will be forced to return to conventional seeds which they see as a step backwards. They point out that GMO grains may in fact be less risky since prevention of insect damage results in less aflatoxin, a cancer-causing substance that’s natural, but deadly. And finally, they worry that without modern technologies, like GMOs, we will struggle to feed a hungry planet.
Although Wegmans appears to be very much on board with GMOs, the company said it wants the FDA to come with a more formal process for approving GMOs. Wegmans wants a national standard for labeling GMO products.
The comments on the blog post indicate many people are not buying Wegmans’ line on GMOs. Again, Wegmans encourages those customers to go organic, which is certainly a huge part of the supermarket’s business.
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