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Jeanne Dobbins says ...
Are your animals considered kosher? That is in the slaughtering of same. Is it done humanely?
05/23/2013 5:36:03 PM CDT
Mary Atenza says ...
I'm so glad you take time to do the research so important as a parent and costomer to know what we put in our body.
05/23/2013 11:43:10 PM CDT
LuAnn says ...
Thank you for your standards and persistence. I don't have time to police this and I rely on whole foods to reassure me that animals are being treated like they are in the picture books we read our kids
05/24/2013 7:48:39 AM CDT
E Shenk says ...
I am very concerned about the animals quality of life. Where are all the free range eggs? Cage free means nothing, they are still crowded in a coops with many, many chickens.
05/24/2013 5:01:23 PM CDT
Shannon Oneill says ...
Please stop importing organic fruits and veggies from Mexico and other non us countries! They are NOT truly organic!
05/24/2013 6:31:31 PM CDT
ashley says ...
I understand what you are trying to accomplish for animal welfare in the world of meat, but we all know that most of the cruelty that these animals go through occur in the feedlot or in the slaughter process, which your GAP program doesn't even touch base with. When you extend your hand to the true welfare of these animals, it will be worthy.
05/26/2013 3:04:32 AM CDT
keith says ...
Just bought a memorial day - hamburger/ cheese/ buns/ bag deal-sale (only $20 )from W.F. yesterday. I saw an employee who had a stand in the same place advertising the beef that was being sold. He had samples so I tried one. The beef was very tasty. So I asked about the process. I Was very disheartened when I was told that there was no way to know what kind of grain (GMO or NON-GMO) that the cows were fed on the last step :(. W.F. meat department you've passed all tests but one!!
05/26/2013 9:45:16 AM CDT
Tammy Robison says ...
I wanted to know if any of the meat you carry is kosher or at least so in the way that it is slaughtered.
05/26/2013 9:59:37 AM CDT
Angi says ...
My concerns are similar to that of others posting on this forum. The Dairy cows, their calfs and the inhumane fate that surrounds their lives. Can we as consumers demand that some changes and improvements be made to this process? Can Whole Foods seek out dairy farms that meet the same basic principals of the 5 step program, and make those products clearly marked and easy to locate? Also regarding the livestock 5 step labels, I concur with another post earlier, can you clearly mark in your meat case how many steps 1-5 the specific product has reached? I would gladly pay the higher $ amount for the meat product that has been produced at a ranch that has achieved the 5th step vs. the lower 1st or 2nd step rating. Please Whole Foods find a humane dairy farm. PLEASE!!!
05/26/2013 2:06:13 PM CDT
SheDevil says ...
If you really care about animals, why be hypocritical and eat them at all? Find out about other, healthier, sources of protein which also contain vitamins and fiber. In the end, these animals are still killed for food. They don't die of old age, then get chopped into steaks and wing selections. The animals die all the same, even if their lives are somewhat more humane. Are they still fattened for your eating pleasure? Are the ones that cannot bring in a profit (male chicks, for instance) still slaughtered? If you really care about animals, why be hypocritical and eat them at all? Find out about other, healthier, sources of protein which also contain vitamins and fiber.
05/26/2013 4:56:50 PM CDT
barb wood says ...
Thanks so much for your world leadership in standard setting regarding animal welfare. I don't eat any animal products; but if I did, I would find your star chart so handy. I tell every one i know about your hsh 4 for 4: now there's a win win we all can enjoy.
05/27/2013 4:29:44 PM CDT
Carolina says ...
I'm glad to hear aboutnyour concern and proactivity regarding the animal's nutrition and the subsequent health factor of their meat. Nhowever, I would like to know more about the SPECIFIC measures taken (or not) in ensuring the humane treatment of the animals themselves while still alive, including the standards for humane slaughtering practices. By this I mean, how much soace are the animals given when being raised, how are they managed, what are the conditions of their housing, are the animals slaughtered in a pain and cruelty-free way, etc. My question relates to whether or not Whole Foods sells CRUELTY-FREE meat. Please reply.
05/28/2013 10:26:20 AM CDT
Harper Springs says ...
I'm so relieved that you carry organic meats, which are relatively hard to find no matter where you look. I decided to boycott meat from the four worst companies (as I've heard) as animal welfare is concerned; Tyson, Purdue, Smithfield, and Oscar Meyer, a few months ago, after watching a video on how the animals are treated. I was shocked by what I saw, and I decided to stop eating all meat that wasn't either organic or from a small farm company which I could trust to treat their animals well. The only problem was: Such meats were extremely difficult to find in my local supermarket, and very few restaurants carry organic meats. I had to give up many of my favorite foods, until I found Whole Foods. Thank you for your contribution to the animal welfare cause, and thank you for carrying organic meats for a low cost!
05/28/2013 2:26:57 PM CDT
Brennan says ...
I really would like labeling that tells me if the products are grass fed. My view is that grass fed beef has superior flavor qualities to grain fed beef. If the grocer can do this that's fine. Otherwise local ranchers are already doing that with product they package.
05/30/2013 7:53:26 PM CDT
PH says ...
@BMOM - It's unfortunate you didn't realize that a cow produces milk for its baby, not as a milk machine for humans. (Why do human women, mammals, produce milk?) The only way to get away from the fundamental conflict of the calf not getting its mother's milk is to not consume milk. Try a milk alternative instead - almond, soy, rice, hemp, etc.
06/26/2013 1:59:21 PM CDT
PH says ...
@Jeanne Dobbins: Kosher slaughter is NOT humane. It may have been the height of humaneness during biblical times but modern methods of stunning the animal before slitting it's throat is MUCH more humane than kosher practices. Jews really need to think about updating their beliefs to take advantage of modern science...
06/26/2013 2:01:56 PM CDT
PH says ...
@luann: You need to get to Whole Food's "Step 4" category before the standards come anywhere close to those books we read to children. Organic chickens are raised the exact same way as non-organic chickens (in huge chickenhouses where they never see the light of day because none ever venture out the little door at one end of the barn into the 10'x10' "outdoor access area" required for organic standards). It's just that they're fed organic food. Same goes for organic beef - finished on feedlots but fed organic feed.
06/26/2013 2:06:30 PM CDT
David A A-Hartsough says ...
GMOs? ..and how are they killed? I guess that sums it up...... ANSWER -.-
07/06/2013 10:18:49 AM CDT
Heather says ...
We really need to know if our meat and dairy products are being produced/fed with GMO products. I hope Whole Foods finds farmers that are willing to buy non GMO feed.
07/24/2013 11:36:17 PM CDT
Monica says ...
So is all beef a 5+ or do I have the option to buy 5+?
07/27/2013 12:02:15 PM CDT
Kashmir says ...
I love it. It's important to me and definitely worth the extra dollar. But no mater how hard I search I can not seem to find how the animals are killed. I just wanted to know at what maturity the animals are brought to before being taken for meat and which methods are used to kill them. I'm no bleeding heart, I get the animal must die. Just interested in how it is done, in relation to how quickly the animal passes. Please someone let me know? Thanks a ton.
01/20/2014 4:54:20 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@KASHMIR - Since 2011, we have required all our beef, chicken and pork suppliers to be certified to the Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating Program. This innovative program makes it easier for customers concerned with the treatment of farm animals to know how animals were raised. There are at least 100 standards to be met and each farm/ranch must pass an on-site audit every 15 months to verify they meet the standards. At this time, their multi-tiered standards are for the on-farm/on-ranch and transport components of animal production. They will be developing standards for other components, including breeding and slaughter at a later date.
01/24/2014 3:14:43 PM CST
Adam Preston says ...
My wife and I have decided to buy all of our family's meat at Whole Foods due to concerns about animal welfare.
07/18/2014 3:24:18 PM CDT

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