In this guest post by friend, super-sleuth, and fellow blogger Heather Dessinger of Mommypotamus, Heather reveals a disquieting truth about "all natural" product labels and the corporations that use them. She also asked that I include this disclaimer for all you Whole Foods defenders: "I still shop at Whole Foods . . . I just avoid stuff that is likely to contain GMO's. My goal in writing this post was to help other consumers do the same."
Do you believe in the Whole Foods fairy?
She used to be your garden variety woodland sprite, but times are hard and sorting mountains of corn and soy for Whole Foods is a sweet gig. Just sprinkle a little magical fairy dust and VOILA! The genetically modified feed separates from the conventional feed in a snap.
It's a win-win, really. Whole Foods gets to charge a premium for it's GMO-free natural meats, the fairy gets a generous 401K with rollover, and the consumer gets a superior product.
What, you don't believe?!?!? Tell me this then: If roughly 86% of corn and 93% of soy grown conventionally in the U.S. is genetically modified, and the "natural"chickens in Whole Foods are fed conventional corn and soy, then how are they GMO free?
Whole Foods employees are terribly unhelpful in answering this question, as is The Great Oracle Google. Fortunately, though, there is an answer! In an interview with Dr. Mercola, Whole Foods' Senior Global VP, Michael Besancon, ADMITTED their foods are contaminated with GMO's.