Whole Story

The Official Whole Foods Market® Blog

 

663 Comments

Comments

Ana Rosemarie says ...
Such a shocking suprise! From the bottom of my heart, thank you!!! As a loyal shopper, I am so thrilled that Whole Foods decided to be the first to step up with this movement. Many blessings and much gratitude.
03/08/2013 10:51:11 PM CST
janet says ...
We will only be shopping at Whole Foods in future. Thank you, thank you, if any of these manufacturers who gave money to defeat Prop 37 had any sense they would be clamouring to bring out non GMO products instead of having bad comments all over their Facebook pages.
03/08/2013 11:01:44 PM CST
Elizabeth Newmeyer-DiRubio says ...
I am thrilled to have a grocery store, in which, I will be able to do all my grocery shopping with complete confidence the food products I purchase, WILL NOT be harming my family. I commend you on being the 1st In the nation, to set a timeline, insisting,on GMO labeling. Whole Food Stores have always excelled, at service and great food products, whether, fresh or packaged. I will now go out of my way, singing your praises, informing, my family and friends, Whole Foods is a store who cares about the health of their customers. My deepest appreciation to the decision makers at Whole Foods. I applaud you all.
03/08/2013 11:23:21 PM CST
Karla Thomas says ...
Thank you for doing what is right and good for all people. I wish I lived near a store in my area, so I could shop there. I stand with all the many, many others that are just as over-joyed to read this.
03/08/2013 11:24:50 PM CST
A.R. says ...
Thank you thank you thank you thank you. So inspired by your integrity and willingness to take a constructive, empowered and yet peaceful stand for the consumer. When you listen to your customers we get to experience more partnership with you... And we want to participate more with you by shopping there. This is no small endeavor and your putting a lot of work into this. Thanks for helping change the world in this way.
03/08/2013 11:27:34 PM CST
Karen says ...
Thank you. Now, to get the certified organics to stop using toxic sludge...
03/08/2013 11:29:45 PM CST
YesterdayTodayTomorrow says ...
The hall foods did good choice for consumers.I send a voice of the praise from Japan.
03/08/2013 11:31:39 PM CST
Marc D. says ...
I like the plan but the time deadline is too distant. The plan should be completed in THREE years, not five. Nevertheless, they're doing more than any other major chain I can think of.
03/09/2013 12:01:16 AM CST
Cloudbird Bonin says ...
While Whole Foods Inc. is to be commended for this current effort towards labeling, it is important to note a few things: Five years is a long time. EXAMPLE: The percentage increase in GE Corn grown in the U.S. has risen from approximately 22% in 2000 to almost 90% today- the sharpest part of the increase is in the last 4 years. Coupled with the huge across-the-board increases in the major US GE crops is the continued, persistent efforts on the part of MONSANTO to build more & more protectionism into regulations, i.e.: to put themselves above the law. It will indeed take some time for farmers who choose to transition away from GE cropping, in order to accommodate the growing demands of consumers for GMO-FREE products & in alignment with increasing evidence of the associated human health & environmental concerns: get behind STATE LABELING INITIATIVES or BILLS with your FINANCIAL SUPPORT. Not just statements of support. Your responses during the CA Prop 37 Label It campaign were that ''corporate policy does not allow support of political issues''....however, your CEO John Mackey does not hesitate to use his influence & voice on political issues. What does it really mean when you say that "WFM supports the ballot measure in WA"? Will it look like it did in CA, with nicely printed signs in your stores? I once again encourage WFM to put your money where your mouth is. LABEL IT WA NEEDS YOUR FULL PUBLIC ENDORSEMENT...and a significant financial contribution.
03/09/2013 12:05:34 AM CST
Tarah Locke says ...
Thank-you from the bottom of my heart! Forget to mention California's strong GMO Labeling movement that was shyly beaten by those UGLY junk food & chemical corporations? We were truly grateful to one of our local Whole Foods that were super supportive & inviting to Prop 37 volunteers like myself! THANKS AGAIN!!
03/09/2013 12:06:36 AM CST
Steve Farber says ...
Excellent news, Walter. Congrats to you and your team for taking a stand.
03/09/2013 12:24:57 AM CST
V Weissler says ...
Great news WF. But five whole years of no labeling and still all those GMO products damaging the public' s health for five long years? Shame on you guys. How about by the end of this year? You surely could do it. And reduce the serious damage you have done to your brand.
03/09/2013 12:41:10 AM CST
Janet Perry says ...
THANK YOU for this great move! Finally something will change nationally because of your effort. We've been trying for years for this to happen with votes and legal means, and now with one big shock like this, the whole transformation is made possible for everyone! THANK YOU!
03/09/2013 12:44:08 AM CST
Marsha Elliott says ...
I am so glad to see a smart mart. I hope you will have a store soon in Lompoc California. Just say no to GMO,s
03/09/2013 12:48:19 AM CST
Ron says ...
Great news! Thanks for giving consumers access to real and healthy food.
03/09/2013 12:50:43 AM CST
RD says ...
THANK You!!!
03/09/2013 1:19:20 AM CST
FRANCESCA says ...
This is exactly why I love Whole Foods :) . If there was one near my home I would be there all the time but alas they are located 65 miles away and I only get there 1 time a week :(
03/09/2013 2:37:28 AM CST
Bruce Johnson says ...
Relay important tipping point. (But does it really take more than 18-24 months?)
03/09/2013 3:20:22 AM CST
Devlon says ...
Thank you. This step will allow me to start having some confidence in Whole Foods again.
03/09/2013 3:20:31 AM CST
DM says ...
Although it's good news to hear you've *finally* decided to do the right thing by (eventually) requiring the labeling of products containing GMOs, I have to ask, what's taken you so long and why a 5 year wait? Why not, as others have suggested, start now? In the first place, I'm certain various 'public opinion' as well as actual Whole Foods customer survey's has already shown this to be a good marketing/sales strategy and second, it would take very little effort and/or money to create Non-GMO sections in your stores NOW (as has already been suggested by other respondents to this announcement). Anything less is simply "paying lip service"/pandering - without having to *really* do anything except wait until there's some legal challenge by one the giant Pro-GMO entities that would then put you in the clear via one of the best legal systems money can buy (a court ordered stipulation that you'd be denying these newly defined corporate "people" their freedom of choice and/or whatever other nonsense all their deep-pocketed campaign contributors can dream up) In other words, *if* you were truly committed, you'd *really* promote those who've already taken the initiative to meet or exceed the public demand for the right to know what's in the food you're selling, you'd provide the extra monetary incentive which would vastly help expedite any/all needed changes ASAP. In short, you've got the ability to TRULY make a difference due to YOUR purchasing power and THAT'S solely due to OUR purchasing power... And, in case you've forgotten, we're YOUR CUSTOMERS! LET'S HOPE *YOU'LL* MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE!
03/09/2013 4:31:49 AM CST
Nora Handler says ...
Thank you, this is the right thing to do!
03/09/2013 5:11:43 AM CST
Anne Stone says ...
The nearest Whole Foods to me is an hour and a half away. If your products are labeled for GMO's I will make that trip to shop with you. Thank you for caring more about people than profit!!!
03/09/2013 5:53:02 AM CST
Loretta Peters Martin says ...
Way to go, Whole Foods!!!! Thank you VERY much! I also hope this will apply to the Prepared Foods section, as well. In our household, we don't eat anything with corn, soy or canola, so hopefully there will be more options in the Prepared Foods section made with olive oil (or ghee or coconut oil), salt and pepper and herbs and other spices. Kudos to Whole Foods for labeling GMOs! :O)
03/09/2013 5:53:57 AM CST
Angela Webster says ...
There is hope for the future! I couldn't have gotten better news first thing in the morning!! Thank you from the depths of my being. This kind of thing secures my continued loyal patronage to WF. <3
03/09/2013 6:11:07 AM CST
nspoulios says ...
Thank you for starting this initiative.
03/09/2013 6:27:21 AM CST

Pages