July 2, 2017 at 5:00 pm #3112Shauna LynnParticipant
Regarding GMOs, I feel it would be appropriate if the Board (or someone) asked the members a real question regarding our Prepared Foods Dept, such as this: In our co-op in-house kitchen, where we can choose our own ingredients with which to create our wholesome offerings, we have worked to eliminate likely GMO ingredients and our kitchen is about 96% (or what ever number is true) free of the big 4 GMO dominated ingredients: non-organic corn, soy, sugar and canola. Would you, as an owner of FCC, like there to be a policy prohibiting GMOs, by stipulating that these four ingredients (and derivatives) will be only organic or non-GMO certified?
I also would like transparency in regard to what likely GMOs we currently are using in Prepared Foods, and why the GM is adverse to a No GMO policy for our kitchens. It would be excellent if John Williams could explain his reasoning to us members in this forum, and also let us know what non-organic corn, soy, sugar and canola ingredients are in our food in the deli / bakery/ grab-n-go/ hot bar/ salad bar/ soup bar/ sandwiches, etc. – we have a right to know what we are eating – and why it is a problem to remove the last of the GMO big 4?March 7, 2018 at 9:51 pm #4561Barry AuskernParticipant
Out of curiosity, was there ever a response to this question?March 7, 2018 at 10:19 pm #4562Shauna LynnParticipant
No, there was no response. (Thanks for asking)
There was a labeling system enacted throughout the store where tiny colored dots below the price are indications (which you can find more largely indicated on packages) of: Organic, Non-GMO, Gluten-Free and Local. This is the management’s attempt to follow part of our new merchandise policy which says The GM will not fail to label, present and market merchandise as clearly, completely, and honestly as possible.
This is our new Merchandise policy, which will be monitored for the first time in July of this year to see how well it’s being followed:
Policy Title: L11—Merchandise
Adopted: April 12, 2017
The General Manager strives to carry the least refined products, which use environmentally sound production processes, are ethically produced, fairly traded, and
are the healthiest food available for our community.
The GM will not fail to:
L11.1 Ensure our stores provide reasonably priced merchandise, selected using these priorities:
• Organic and/or produced by organic growing practices
• Free of artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, synthetic pesticides and nonfood ingredients in food, including cotton extracts
• Produced with socially just and environmentally benign processes
• Whole or minimally processed
• Local and/or Seasonal
• Made, sold or produced by other co-ops
• Non-GMO verified
L11.2 Support local, Organic food production, including incubation of new products to the highest reasonable degree.
L11.3 Label, present and market merchandise as clearly, completely, and honestly as possible.
L11.4 Assure High Standards in Prepared Food.
L11.5 Continually demonstrate a reduction in the purchase of products manufactured or owned by a parent company that resists or fights GMO labeling laws or whose primary business plan does not support a sustainable and regenerative food system.
L11.6 Assure that FCC will not knowingly do business with companies that exploit their workers.
The issue of banning GMO ingredients from our prepared foods has been ignored and not responded to, other than the GM saying at a Board meeting that it would be an infringement on the staff to have such a policy in place.
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