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Wendy Cleaver says ...
Turkeys are step-rated! what does this mean? To be really compassionate and ethical we should not be eating meat, dairy or eggs period!! while more and more people do not cook, or cannot cook we need more vegan ready meals.
11/18/2012 9:54:52 AM CST
Zsazsa says ...
Look I am not some animal rights activists but I can see how you are trying to turn the consumers minds to think this is ok .. Granted they get to be outdoors but doesn't it make it right to still kill them?! They will still stuffer and as the growing demand continues you just won't be able to keep up with the amount of turkeys . I'm not sure if you are trying to folks yourselves or us or both . But reality here is that there is no such thing as human slaughter . If you want to make a difference and be the first why don't you turn your farm into a sanctuary an if u really want people to come charge them and let them make a connection . Be the fist to be that difference .... Tricking the consumer into thinking because the turkeys had a life they died and its ok for them to eat then at the table ... Listen to how absurd this sounds you are only trying to fool the consumers again . I won't be fooled and I'm sure many others won't ...
11/18/2012 9:56:32 AM CST
Daniel Wilson says ...
Violence is still violence, no matter how you candy-coat it. The turkeys are still slaughtered, their lives ended, simply because people like the taste of their flesh. It's not ethical or humane or compassionate if you take the life of someone else. In keeping with your mission statement and philosophy, please stop selling the carcasses of slaughtered animals.
11/18/2012 12:40:13 PM CST
Diane Dion says ...
The murder of any sentient being can never be ethical.
11/18/2012 1:57:18 PM CST
Vegan says ...
This is SO wrong in many ways. And this new program is WRONG. There's NO dignity and "compassion" in murder and slavery. Slavery is WRONG no matter in what conditions the turkeys live, slavery still wrong. Turkeys (and the rest of animals in this planet) need ABOLITION not regulation or "organic" slavery.
11/18/2012 3:04:34 PM CST
Sandra Higgins says ...
I refer your customers to my website www.matildaspromise.org to view the documentary You Haven't Lived Until You've Hugged a Turkey. This documentary and the accompanying website gives information on who turkeys are and asks viewers to consider the morality of unnecessarily harming and killing someone who scientists demonstrate have comparable physiological and psychological capacities to our own that allow them to experience and be aware of the suffering that our use of them for food inflicts on them.
11/19/2012 8:48:20 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@LINDY - Thanks for your question. The best option is going to be to check with your local store's butcher to see if they carry a turkey vendor that is dairy and gluten free. They will be able to look in to that for you!
11/19/2012 2:34:41 PM CST
Erica Bastow says ...
I really appreciate this "step-rated" system. I had been an ethical omnivore (I know...vegans call that an oxymoron) for a long time, and have very recently developed a vegetarian diet. I AM serving a turkey purchased at Whole Foods for Thanksgiving, since my fiance and son are not veggies. They appreciate that the meat they eat is humanely raised (thank God), but they would NOT stick around for T-day dinner if it was all vegetarian, and I don't believe in FORCING my family to abide my vegetarian diet. I live by example, not by intimidation or causing guilt.
11/21/2012 12:40:58 AM CST
Todd Nichols says ...
Hello WF Folks. I'm VERY excited to learn of your program! I will follow the blogs to learn more. Is there other ways to learn about the programs? My question is, "Do you offer heritage turkeys?" Another question is, "Does step one mean no antibiotics for all animals and does this include growth hormones?" Regards Todd
11/25/2012 3:20:30 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@TODD - Thanks for your questions and interest in our GAP Animal Welfare Rating Program. To answer your first question, each store will vary between their products. I would suggest that you reach out to your local store to see if they have heritage turkeys this time of year. To answer your second question, none of our meat, regardless of the step rating, will ever have added hormones or antibiotics. I hope this helps!
11/27/2012 12:41:27 PM CST
David Clarke says ...
We contacted your Palm Beach Gardens store in late October to order a turkey for Christmas. We were told that you would be getting about 150 Step 5 Turkeys for all of Florida, but that we were the first on the list. Last week (Nov 29th) we were again contacted and told that the store would ONLY be getting Step 1 Turkeys. This hardly leaves us any time to now arrange for a suitable alternative. Why would there be such a huge discrepancy? From 150 Step 5 down to ONLY Step 1??? Needless to say we are quite upset at hearing about this change so late, with very limited time to make other arrangements.
12/02/2012 7:06:45 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@DAVID - Thank you for your feedback. We can definitely look in to this for you with the store to see what happened.
12/04/2012 12:36:00 PM CST
Dianne Sahakian says ...
I would like to know if these turkeys are organic and the grain food they eat is also without anything GMO.
12/19/2012 5:34:54 PM CST
Kate Stewart says ...
This is great. I'd love to have all the meat I eat rated this way. Thank you, Kate
12/19/2012 6:08:35 PM CST
Monika Petroczy says ...
Healthy humane pastured raised animals have been the key to health and longevity for many ancient cultures before factory farming, according the research of Weston A. Price. So far I feel better, younger and stronger eating according to Nourishing Traditions book and I buy my pasture raised meat and bones from Whole Foods. It helps to know the steps and source of the meat.
12/19/2012 8:28:27 PM CST
pookie says ...
I'm thrilled that Whole Foods is raising the bar on ethical standards for raising meat. I don't eat meat, but I do have poultry that I've rescued, and one thing that concerns me is that these birds do not appear to be protected from predators. That means that birds are being brutally killed and living in fear, and dangerously and unsustainably increasing the predator population in the area (more food=more predators) and making the predators population lose their fear of people, which puts children, families, and pets at risk. Or, it means that farmers are hunting and killing huge numbers of predators, who are just trying to survive, after all, and the farmers have put out an all-you-can-eat poultry buffet. "Build it and they will come." When humans created domestic animals, we bred out their wild instincts and in the process created the bargain with them that we would protect, feed, and care for them. What are you doing to ensure the protection of our fragile ecosystem when you write these standards? Are you incorporating Predator Friendly Certification principles? The ability to "hide" from predators may discourage the occasional hawk, but it does nothing when it comes to bobcats, raccoons, coyotes, wolves, mountain lions, bears, weasels, and so on. Thanks for reading.
12/20/2012 11:31:55 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@DIANNE - Since our vendors vary between store locations and regions, I would encourage you to reach out to your local store to see what they have in stock for organic turkeys. Due to the prevalence of the GMOs in the commodity grain market, and the limited availability of verified non-GMO feed, we cannot require the use of only non- GMO feed for animal products (including meat, dairy and farmed fish) sold in our stores. We encourage shoppers who are looking to avoid products from animals fed GMOs to choose organic meat and dairy products (since organic standards prohibit the intentional use of GMOs),
12/20/2012 11:43:27 AM CST
Susan says ...
I'm concerned about humane treatment of the birds. I boycotted Butterball when the abuse became public. Your step-process says nothing about human/turkey interaction...
12/20/2012 11:50:16 AM CST
Wanda Reaves says ...
Do you have a 12-13 lb turkey. How much per pound please?
12/20/2012 4:40:00 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@WANDA - The availability of products will vary between store locations. Check with your local store to see what they have in stock. They can also let you know the price per pound!
12/20/2012 7:50:22 PM CST
Noor F Said says ...
Thank you for this wonderful step program. I 1000% believe in the welfare of animals, but still consume humanely raised and slaughtered animals - it's extremely hard to find that and to trust the information. However, I find your program so transparent, that it is very believable and comforting. Thank you again.
12/22/2012 5:13:13 PM CST
Danya Webster says ...
Awesome...another reason why I love Whole Foods...
12/23/2012 9:53:31 PM CST
Rene Kittles says ...
Let them all be step five. It's nice to dole out compassion, but let us get to the right place right away if we have to raise them to kill them.
12/24/2012 7:07:38 PM CST
Jay says ...
Hi, I was wondering where steroids fit into your steps. I'm buying your "natural" ground turkey breast and it's at step 1. I'm glad to see you don't allow antibiotics, but your outline didn't say anything about steroids. Also, I'm trying to read your website but the black, translucent box with the titles, Whole Foods Market, Recipes, and Blog covers over a portion of the text and it's hard to read. I can't see any way to get rid of that box.
12/31/2012 4:49:42 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JAY - Great question. I spoke with our Quality Standards team and they stated that any growth promotants, including steroids, are not allowed in our meats. Thanks for checking!
01/08/2013 4:11:14 PM CST

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