What's Next for Responsibly Grown

By Whole Story Editors, January 23, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Whole Story Editors

Editor’s Update: Since our last post about the Responsibly Grown program, we’ve continued to pursue the best ways to provide you, our customers, with more transparent choices. Please visit the Whole Story blog for details on the program’s latest evolution, as shared by Edmund LaMacchia, our Global Vice President of Perishable Purchasing and Responsibly Grown’s primary executive sponsor. 

An Update to our Responsibly Grown Ratings System

By John Mackey, July 14, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by John Mackey

Editor’s Update: Read the joint statement released by Whole Foods Market and California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), announcing the updates to Responsibly Grown. As Mark Lipson, one of the CCOF-certified producers, stated on the CCOF site, "Today’s news demonstrates the commitments of all involved to the organic community, and the ability to collaborate on solutions when addressing tensions of change."

This post is contributed by Edmund LaMacchia, Global Vice President of Perishable Purchasing and primary executive sponsor of the Responsibly Grown program at Whole Foods Market. Edmund is an advocate for organic agriculture, and has worked tirelessly with organic suppliers to create lasting relationships with Whole Foods...

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Clarifying the Tenets of Responsibly Grown

By John Mackey, June 16, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by John Mackey

Whole Foods Market Responsibly Grown logo

Whole Foods Market has been a passionate supporter of organic farming since our humble beginnings 35 years ago. We are just as committed to organics today, and offer more organic choices than any other supermarket in the country. Simply put, we respect and highly value our organic supplier partners and enjoy relationships that are based on mutual trust and respect.

We continue to cultivate those relationships, helping to drive improvements in sustainable agriculture and greater transparency for our shoppers. One way we are doing that is through our...

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Debate on Nutritional Science

By John Mackey, April 10, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by John Mackey

I debated Nina Teicholz at a Junto meeting in New York City. The proposition: "An animal foods/low-carb diet is unhealthy compared with a 90+% plant diet that excludes sugar and refined grain products.” I, of course, spoke in favor of the proposition and Teicholz against. She is author of The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet. You can see the entire debate here.

Download a summary of my slides from the debate.

Download my complete slide deck from the debate. 

Video Discussion: Shadow

By Paige Brady, April 12, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Brady

Editor’s Note: Post updated on Dec. 29, 2015.

From Co-CEO John Mackey: 

My involvement with Marc Gafni and the Center for Integral Wisdom is conducted strictly in my personal life and does not represent an endorsement or support for either Mr. Gafni or the Center for Integral Wisdom by Whole Foods Market. With that said, I have decided to remove the video interviews I participated in with Mr Gafni, and am doing so to be consistent with the position that this is indeed strictly a personal relationship. All of them can still be found on the Center for Integral Wisdom site.

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