The political director of the Organic Consumers Association and other activists claim they were arrested at a Chicago Whole Foods Market during their protest of unlabeled Genetically Modified foods Wednesday.
The association’s campaign “Millions Against Monsanto” involved dumping what the group said were GMO foods – in front of the Whole Foods Market in Lincoln Park.
Monsanto’s Mimi Ricketts tells Brownfield this is clearly a swipe at biotech.
“They’re using Monsanto’s name but I think, overall, they’re attacking biotechnology,” says Ricketts, “You know, we know that before any commodity biotech crops are approved to plant, testing and government reviews will establish that they are no different in composition, nutrition or safety than their non-GM counterparts.”
Similar activist protests are going on across the country.
“You know, the organizers of these rallies, they’re working hard to confuse and misinform consumers that there’s something wrong with these products,” says Ricketts.
A Whole Foods spokesperson tells the Chicagoist.com that the company had nothing to do with the arrests and that they welcome more awareness about GMOs. Whole Foods founded the “Non-GMO Product Verified” program in 2009. Although most of their suppliers are organic, they encourage others that are not to also go through the program.