This October, in honor of “Non-GMO Month”, the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), a business services cooperative owned by food co-ops, is partnering with manufacturers to raise more than $75,000 in a special cause promotion for Just Label It. Representing 134 food co-ops in 36 states with combined annual sales of more than $1.5 billion, NCGA has been working for years on a national level to ensure food labels provide consumers with information about what’s in their food and where it comes from.
“Food co-ops exist to serve their members,” said Robynn Shrader, chief executive officer for NCGA. “And the message nationwide from co-op shoppers has been and continues to be clear: shoppers want to know if foods contain GMOs. Whether they choose to buy GMO foods or not, consumers have the right to make informed choices about what they eat.”
NCGA is dedicated to supporting JLI’s research to show that mandatory labeling will not increase food costs, efforts to educate lawmakers and the media about GMO labeling, and outreach to make more people aware of an important labeling petition to the FDA.
Partners in this special promotion include: Dream, Spectrum, Harvest Bay, Organic Valley, Nature’s Path, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods, Silk, Garden of Eatin’, Wholesome Sweeteners, and Endangered Species Chocolate. Each company has pledged a financial contribution to Just Label It, as has NCGA, and are also enrolled in the Non-GMO Project, a third-party organization that verifies whether products are free of GMO ingredients.
Food co-ops are an integral part of the GMO labeling movement, and Just Label It is proud to have the support of NCGA on this issue. To learn more about this partnership, visit: http://strongertogether.coop/voices-from-the-field/just-label-it-coops-support-consumers-right-to-know.