First and foremost, when sourcing food for sale at the co-op, great care is given to ensure that it’s delicious. We all want food to taste good!
Co-op products are wholesome and safe. As a general rule, they are free from artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, and sweeteners, as well as high-fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils. Occasionally, an exception is made to this rule in order to bring in a temporary holiday-specific product, to meet WIC program requirements, or to provide a unique product that does not have a counterpart that more closely adheres to the co-op’s quality standards.
As a cooperative, we believe in the power of economic democracy.
Rather than imposing boycotts, Mississippi Market encourages shoppers to vote with your dollars for the foods and products you enjoy buying from our cooperatively-owned and -operated stores.
Mississippi Market opposes GMO foods.
While we prefer not to carry any items using genetic engineering/modification, we cannot promise our stores are free of such items. Federal legislation that requires the disclosure of genetically engineered ingredients was signed in July 2016. However, this law has yet to be implemented. We continue to advocate for stronger labeling requirements and work to educate our shoppers about foods that are more likely to contain GMO ingredients so that you may choose what is right for your diet.
Since May 2013, Mississippi Market has remained committed to not adding any new product lines containing GMO-likely ingredients such as corn, soy, canola, non-cane sugar, cottonseed oil, papaya, or summer squash, unless they are certified organic or Non-GMO Project verified.