Letter writer: Grocery stores should take the lead and label GMO foods

Graphic by Lori Deaton

Independence Day is all about celebrating the great freedoms of America while eating delicious food. The intersection of these two seems worth looking into. What are the freedoms that we have and don’t have relating to our foods?

Although they make up for 80 percent of the products on supermarket shelves, almost no GMO products are labeled. However, almost all Americans wish this were not so, with nine out of 10 Americans support GMO labeling. They believe, as do I, that we have a right to know what we are eating. Because of this new momentum, several food retailers and brands have taken a stand — Whole Foods, Chipotle and others.

Yet Whole Foods is the only grocery store that has committed to labeling the GMOs in its products. As North Carolina’s largest healthy grocery, Harris Teeter should take the lead by labeling GMOs in its products and acknowledging our right to know what’s in our food.

— Meredith Glaubach
Raleigh

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