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Jim says ...
We commend you Wholefoods for labeling dangerous GMO's at your stores and listening to your customers while standing up to powers like Monsanto and their agents of disinformation, this is great news!
03/09/2013 10:25:54 AM CST
pat says ...
thank you for taking this extremely important action to label GMO's. I have fallen in love with your once again.
03/09/2013 10:54:37 AM CST
Lina Zapata says ...
Thank you, thank you , thank you Whole Foods! And please don't give up! This is a legacy for our children, remember: ---Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want – (Anna Lappe)
03/09/2013 10:55:14 AM CST
marie wallis says ...
THANK YOU!! I know 5 years is a long time off, but it's a great step in the right direction. I have always shopped at whole foods, but not consistently. I will make the journey into my neighboring town more often now. I want to support your standing up for the consumer as much as I can.
03/09/2013 11:12:45 AM CST
Mark says ...
Earlier I posted: "Interesting. As this labeling extends to all products sold at whole foods, I presume it will include cheeses. If you have ever read the ingredients on a cheese label you will note the inclusion of "enzymes". These enzymes (proteases to be more specific) are used to clot milk, an essential process in cheese making. Did you know that most cheeses are made with GMO derived enzymes? Yes, the genes for these proteases are transgenically expressed in fermented bacteria the resultant proteases are purified and used to make cheese. Surprised? Wouldn't it be better to return to traditional methods of cheese production? In the past cheese was made using rennet, also a collection of enzymes for clotting milk. This was quite effective, and better yet, all natural. So where does rennet come from? Traditionally, rennet is obtained from the lining of the stomachs of young calves. Young calves are a particularly good source of rennet because they make it in relatively large amounts, as it helps them digest their mother's milk." I neglected to mention, these calves are slaughted to obtain their stomach linings, so as to obtain the rennet to make cheese. That sure is preferrable to eating a GMO!
03/09/2013 11:26:23 AM CST
philip samuels says ...
GMO labeling, Its about time! I don't want to wait till 2018 so speed up the markings. If Monsanto and the government gives you trouble let your customers know, we will fight back. If you truly care about your health and that of your customers there can be no compromise on this issue. By the way, once the markings are in place 100% I will only shop at whole foods as I want to know what I'm eating.
03/09/2013 11:26:58 AM CST
ellen miller says ...
I commend you on taking action but feel that five years is too long. Can't you shorten the time?
03/09/2013 11:33:01 AM CST
Dennis Roscetti says ...
A good move. Glad to see it. Realistically, it will be difficult to avoid ALL foods with GMOs, but the very prevalence of some types will force us as eaters to think about how - and why - a given food was GMOed in the first place. Some types we may find to be justifiable, others not. I think Whole Foods customers are the sort who can read the background information and make considered choices. Well, most of them anyway..
03/09/2013 11:33:34 AM CST
ellen miller says ...
I commend you on taking action but feel that five years is too long. Can't you shorten the time? You could require GMO labeling with your next order from every supplier. The suppliers know if they are using GMO's, and if they don't, they should.
03/09/2013 11:35:06 AM CST
Jeanne Carlson says ...
Success comes in baby steps. Thanks for an adult size leap!
03/09/2013 11:44:25 AM CST
Sandy Johnston says ...
Will all your suppliers be US? Will items still come from China? Yes, I realize they grow "organic / non-gmo foods" but, they do not have the same regs as we do. Either way, thanks for moving this issue into the national spot light.
03/09/2013 11:49:32 AM CST
Takashi Moore says ...
This is really good news. I don't shop at WF often, but I will once this is rolled out. You have won me over. Thank you. I hope other chains follow suit, but for being the first, you have definitely won a new customer.
03/09/2013 12:21:20 PM CST
Steven Adler says ...
Thank you for standing up for truth in labeling. GMOs are not as safe as we are led to believe and you seem to be the only retailer taking a stand ........ bravo :)
03/09/2013 12:25:52 PM CST
Bill Couzens, Founder Less Cancer says ...
Another reason to love Whole Foods! Thank you for this important step. Bill Couzens, Founder Lesscancer.org /Next Generation Choices Foundation
03/09/2013 12:55:17 PM CST
GIOVANNA OLAYA says ...
Thank you Whole Foods! Hopefully everyone else starts standing up for their customers!
03/09/2013 1:07:28 PM CST
kevin says ...
Excellent. About time. Unfortunately the American food market is inundated with the poison already. How about 1 -2 years instead, that would be setting a precedent!
03/09/2013 1:18:26 PM CST
g says ...
FINALLY AND THANK YOU!!!!
03/09/2013 1:39:28 PM CST
Tracie Yensel says ...
Words cannot express how thrilled I am as I just found out about your big announcement! Thank you for listening to your customers and doing the right thing, paving the way of mandatory labeling of foods in your store. I can only hope that other stores will follow suit!
03/09/2013 2:35:51 PM CST
Jonathan Lucey says ...
Wish I had started produce retail with your company years ago.. Thanks for taking steps an being a positive role model...
03/09/2013 2:36:14 PM CST
Jaye Denman says ...
The management of your company is to be commended for making this momentous decision to protect your customers by labeling any GMO products sold in your Whole Foods Markets. I can hardly wait for the new store to be built in my city (Jackson, MS), as I will be your enthusiastic customer! Thank you for helping the cause to label GMOs. J. Denman
03/09/2013 3:04:16 PM CST
EJamesJr says ...
This is fantastic news. Although five years seems a long time, it is realisitc and allows suppliers the time to go back to their suppliers and enforce the change. Going green and sustainability are relatively new initiatives in the chemical industry where I work and change is challenging. The good part is there is much incentive to be the first to make the change and broadcast it, so it becomes a race to deliver. Nice work Whole Foods!!
03/09/2013 3:14:39 PM CST
Matt says ...
Does this labeling extend to Meat that has been fed GMO crops?
03/09/2013 4:41:36 PM CST
Patrick J. Timpone says ...
God love you and May the Blessings be, Patrick Timpone
03/09/2013 5:03:22 PM CST
Winnie says ...
Thank you for taking a stand!
03/09/2013 5:06:11 PM CST
Peace warden says ...
I am committed to informing the community on how to read the labels to become aware of what is actually in their local supermarkets. I give free will offering lectures in Pa and NJ. thank you. you can reach me at peacewarden@yahoo.com
03/09/2013 5:14:51 PM CST

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