Five years ago, Whole Foods Market announced they would require brands to inform consumers of the presence of GMOs by mandatory labeling on food packaging. Unfortunately, the health-food chain has put the mandatory GMO labeling program deadline of September 2018 on pause. I am hoping…
The best organic orange juice company recently was acquired by big food giant Dean Foods (DF). Devastating news, once again another small company sold. Two years ago, I went to Clermont, FL and visited Uncle Matt’s peach U-pick site. There were so many delicious peaches…
Working in the supermarket industry for years I can tell you from first hand experience that most consumers hate standing in lines at crowded supermarkets. I don’t care how much they love a brand or product, no one loves standing in lane for long periods at a time. Some supermarkets across the nation have implemented self-checkout lanes which some consumers love, but then the issue with these systems are having to wait on someone to override items or having to deal with system malfunctions. There are still numerous problematic issues with self-checkout systems that seem to take a little to long to fix. Amazon seems to have a solution for all of these adversities with their new high-tech grocery store Amazon GO.
The new store concept is pretty simply, consumers walk into the online connected store with their smartphone with the Amazon GO app open and ready to scan at the turnstile. Customer starts shopping and selects items off the shelves and then walks out. Now where the tech comes in is how Amazon detects what items you have selected off the shelves. Amazon’s checkout-free experience is using the same type of technologies that are currently used in self-driving cars to determine what items consumers pick up. When the customer is done shopping, consumer will have the freedom to walk out without the checkout craziness. Shortly after, items will be charged to their Amazon account.
In terms of sustainability of food products that are sold, we have no information on what type of ingredients Amazon Go will be using to make ready to go selections for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We are hoping Amazon has at least thought about food sustainability and not just the brilliant concept of NO checkout lanes. Millennials are looking for food sources that are reasonably priced, but also good in quality and sustainable for health & wellness. We will be asking Amazon these vital questions and will follow up with you on another blog post.
Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration approved AquaBounty’s genetically engineered salmon. I think this decision is an all time low, especially for our food system in America. What concerns me is the safety of this genetically-modified fish for human consumption, despite what the FDA has decided. In a New York Times report, “The FDA said that to approve the Salmon, it determined that the fish was safe to eat, that the inserted genetic elements did not harm the fish itself, and that the company had adequately proved that the salmon grew faster.”
What I have a problem with is the lack of evidence to the public that the salmon is really safe to ingest. Consumers just have to believe what the FDA reports is right. Of course, Aquabounty can showcase to the nation a larger salmon, that’s easy to prove, but how the GMO Frankenfish is going to affect our overall health and well-being, in the long run, is another issue. Although this fish product won’t be on the market for a while, I have plenty of questions to be answered, as I am a big time salmon consumer that loves and enjoys every single bite of what is supposed to be a healthy choice to reap my share of fatty acids.
I strongly believe the public should be highly informed, especially since the goal is to push this GMO fish to market, which means not only will the salmon be found in supermarkets across the country, but on dinner tables as well. The search for wild-caught salmon in restaurants is a challenging situation. Last month, I was in the midst of deciding where to dine for my birthday. I contacted numerous restaurants searching for wild-caught salmon, even very high-end restaurants that pride themselves on serving high-quality entrées. I got the impression that since so many restaurants are serving farmed-raised fish, that farmed-raised fish has become, and possibility has been, the new standard for quite some time in the restaurant industry. Supply and demand are always the keywords in business when it comes down to determining price points for almost anything that is, or will be on the market at some point. I’m sure there are some companies that are just searching for the best bargain on the market, and sustainability goes right out the door.
I would also like to know all of the possible strategies to avoid AquaBounty’s Frankenfish from entering into our oceans. What we don’t need is for our wild-caught supply to start breeding with an Atlantic salmon that contains artificially-inserted growth hormone genes to get into our waterways. Our oceans are absolutely too precious to start contaminating the one supply we can count on for fish that is completely unaltered. What I strongly disagree with 100% is the FDA decision to not require mandatory labeling of the GMO fish, so consumers can make an informed decision whether to purchase the newly GMO Atlantic salmon or not that will present itself in seafood departments as the normal conventionally raised fish, as if nothing is dramatically different about this particular GMO fish product.
According to the blog The Salt by NPR, Friends of the Earth, a non-governmental environment organization, reported that more than 60 retailers have declined to sell AquaBounty’s fish, and I don’t blame them at all if retailers want to keep a good reputation with consumers. Sustainability is vital in the food community, and competition for stocking the best quality food is fierce.
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Despite what you’ve heard this year in the media about the nation’s #1 health food grocer Whole Foods Market, it’s still the best store with the highest quality, and possessing the largest selection in natural and organic foods. The epic shopping experience at Whole Foods…