New Leaf Community Markets, a Bay Area staple among organic- and health-food devotees, earned the designation as one of the nation's top "Right to Know Grocers" for its food-labeling practices and dedication to selling products free of genetically modified ingredients. The award came from the Organic Consumers Association, which selected New Leaf along with nine other grocers in the Southwest.

In March, New Leaf announced that all GMO foods on stores shelves must be labeled by 2018. Already, about one-third of packaged products in the store are labeled non-GMO and all produce is non-GMO.

New Leaf also received kudos for its public education programs about the potential risks of eating genetically modified food and for its support of the Proposition 37 food labeling ballot measure, which was voted down on the November ballot.

New Leaf started as a small co-op in Santa Cruz and has grown to eight locations in the Bay Area.

Contact Heather Somerville at 925-977-8418. Follow her at Twitter.com/heathersomervil.



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