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Whole Foods Market Commits to Full GMO Transparency - Announcement at Natural Products Expo West

By Walter Robb and A.C. Gallo, March 11, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Walter Robb and A.C. Gallo

Walter Robb joins A.C. Gallo, Whole Foods Market President and Chief Operating Officer, at Natural Products Expo West on March 8, 2013 to announce our commitment of full GMO transparency to the vendors who make the products we sell and who will implement the new labeling on their packaging.

Category: GMOs

 

16 Comments

Comments

Jody says ...
Thank you for setting a standard in food industry and showing genuine concern for me, the consumer. Truly, a heartfelt thank you.
03/14/2013 1:17:49 PM CDT
Mary M. says ...
Thank you Walter Robb and Whole Foods. We are so proud of you, proud to shop at Whole Foods, and are so so thankful. We are spreading the word of what you are doing and your example is inspiring!
03/19/2013 9:50:41 AM CDT
Pamela K says ...
Thank you and Whole Foods for caring about the consumers welfare! We have a right to know what's in our food! A heart felt Thank You!
03/26/2013 3:43:09 PM CDT
Joyce says ...
You have nationally set the bar for the American to choose with understanding what's in the foods they purchase for consumption. In years to come the FDA and those who govern us may understand how critical this decision and setting some other standards could save us from chronic health issues. High praise for you at Whole Foods!
03/26/2013 3:51:19 PM CDT
Eric Johanson says ...
Walter: Thank you so much for extending the resources of Whole Foods to do what the regulators (FDA and AMA) and the political process (California's Prop 37 2012) could not do...Educate the American public as to what's in their food.  When Mansanto Corp, maker of 90+% of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds (modified to resist the herbicide Roundup...a Monsanto product), pumped $8.1 million to defeat GMO labeling requirements in California, I felt the will of the people had been lost.  Your stance on GMO labeling has given me a boost in the faith of humanity, and I enthusiastically cheer your efforts.  I will now take the extra effort to shop at my local Whole Foods. Eric Johanson Rocklin, CA
03/27/2013 2:30:55 AM CDT
Jon says ...
Thank you for standing up for the consumer with GMO labeling!! Please open a store in Northport NY, 11768 and I will be your customer for life! :)
04/02/2013 10:47:20 AM CDT
Christina says ...
That's great, now please service ALL of Texas...El Paso!
04/08/2013 8:07:11 AM CDT
Joe Philippon says ...
It is a shame it took a controversy for you to do the right thing, but I'm glad you are finally doing it. Question, is it really necessary to make the process take 5 years? I think 1 year would be better and doable.
06/05/2013 9:51:32 AM CDT
JRDenman says ...
More than a year ago, it was announced here in Jackson, MS that a store would open in September, 2013. The store looks very close to completion, but I've heard (not from WFM or "official" sources) that it won't open until the end of the year. Why the delay? Also, I was glad to read that WFM is making a stand about GMO transparency, but disappointed that the company is allowing five years for something that should be done much sooner. I agree with someone who posted earlier that one year should be sufficient for this project. It's pretty clear that Americans can't count on those government agencies, such as the FDA, USDA, etc., that are supposed to look out for the safety of our food supply. The FDA, in particular, appears to be controlled by Monsanto, or at least, a former Monsanto attorney/employee. He's not worried about our health! If Whole Foods Market runs with the ball on this issue (and I mean RUN, don't walk slowly), you will gain customer loyalty like no other store in the USA. The grassroots efforts of the past year show that Americans are concerned about safety of the food we're feeding our families. We just need help finding safe food sources that we apparently can't count on from the U.S. government. Please provide that source...and soon! Thanks....
07/11/2013 6:53:03 PM CDT
Tammy Pierce says ...
As a regular Whole Foods shopper, I am completely at odds by what I am reading above. Whole Foods Market committed to full GMO transparency not 1 year ago and now has given in to big business surrendering to Monsanto, and allowing the mass commercialization of genetically engineered foods to hit the shelves. I plan to follow this story further and if needed will surely start shopping local. Living organically has been my life for the last decade. I am so tired of votes and perks driving the way government runs our country and companies run their businesses...you should be ashamed of yourself Whole Foods. I expected more from you. Hope you haven't lost my business for good.
11/25/2013 8:35:39 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@TAMMY - My apologies for your confusion. We do not have any affiliation with Monsanto. There have been rumors online for about 2 years stating such and it's definitely not true. We have committed to GMO transparency for our stores. We believe you have the right to know what's in your food!
11/26/2013 3:24:11 PM CST
Susan says ...
Come to the Kingston/Woodstock/Catskill NY area....huge need for a Whole Foods here and a loyal client base willing to drive to get there.
12/17/2013 7:26:27 AM CST
Judy Salzman says ...
First I thank Whole Foods for making healthier foods to a broader market and hopefully the transparent labeling for foods containing GMOs will be an education for us all. Given recent rumors about Whole Foods and Monsanto, can the Whole Story be made available in clear language? What is the relationship? Does the transparent labeling of GMO foods make it "OK" to sell or promote more of them. Will there be direct financial support of Monsanto by Whole Foods or any parent or subsidiary or Whole Foods? We know that the FDA is not honestly concerned about US heath, and Monsanto, well, it's financial greed and politics as usual. I hope that Whole Foods is not falling in to that quagmire as it now appears.
03/04/2014 11:15:32 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JUDY - We do not have an affiliation with Monsanto. We believe consumers have the right to know what's in their food, which is why we announced GMO labeling. We want our customers to be able to make an informed shopping decision at our stores based on their personal beliefs about GMOs. Since this is an older blog post, you can find more updated info at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/gmo-your-right-know.
03/05/2014 11:41:45 AM CST
Viriato77 says ...
"We want our customers to be able to make an informed shopping decision at our stores based on their personal beliefs about GMOs." But don't you think that decision should also be informed by actual scientific evidence rather than "beliefs"?
06/02/2014 4:02:21 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@VIRIATO77 - We trust that our customers will base their personal beliefs on research that they conduct before forming their opinion about GMOs.
06/02/2014 4:18:19 PM CDT