Bare Essentials among Top 10 Right to Know Grocers in SE
Bare Essentials Natural Market was selected from a field of more than 150 stores, nominated by hundreds of consumers from around the country.
"We're pleased and proud to accept this designation from the Organic Consumers Association. As consumers ourselves, we are deeply concerned about the proliferation of genetically modified organisms. We've been educating ourselves and informing our customers and the community about GMO issues for years. Our staff constantly evaluates the products we have, Ben Henderson, co-owner of Bare Essentials Natural Market, said.
"As demand grows for organic, locally and sustainably grown, truthfully labeled non-GMO foods, hundreds of food retailers are rising to the occasion. The OCA wants to recognize the efforts stores like Bare Essentials Natural Market are making, which include pressuring food manufacturers to transition from GMO to non-GMO ingredients, and providing consumers with clear labeling so they can make informed choices," Ronnie Cummins, national director, said.
The OCA launched its Top Right to Know Grocers contest, a project of its Organic Retail and Consumer Alliance Campaign, in March. Consumers were asked to nominate health food and natural health stores, food co-ops and CSAs that are making an honest effort to inform consumers about products they carry that contain genetically modified and those stores that are actively working toward GMO-free product lines.
More than 360 consumers nominated a total of 156 stores. The OCA interviewed store owners and managers to confirm strategies and policies. The results of those interviews are published on the ORCA campaign page ( http://oca-orca.org/).
The OCA is expanding the Top Right to Know Grocers project by providing an online hub where grocers can connect and share strategies for eliminating or labeling GMOs. The OCA is committed to growing the market for organics and to advocating for truth and transparency in labeling, Cummins said.Bare Essentials Natural Market celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
The Organic Consumers Association is an online and grassroots nonprofit public interest organization representing more than 1 million consumers who are campaigning for health, justice and sustainability. The Organic Consumers Fund is an allied organization of the Organic Consumers Association, focused on grassroots lobbying and legislative action.