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Barbara says ...
In my opinion to stock GMO's even if they are labeled to that effect goes "against" the name of your store/company. WHOLE foods implies that the food is in it's natural form and untampered with. Therefore, GMO foods should not be in your stores, period. It's a paradox. The statement that they are in our country and have been doesn't wash with me as far as a "good" reason to tolerate and stock the products. You'll get my business again when you take a "stronger" stand against GMO's. Let's get back to WHOLE food and healthy food. That we have to read labels to make sure food is "real" an insanity that we've arrived at in this world. Hungary took a stance. The USA needs to take a stance. You seemingly WHOLE food grocers could have an impact in bringing that to pass.
02/04/2012 8:18:21 AM CST
Caro says ...
So are you saying none of this is true? Because it looks pretty convincing to me. Stoneyfield sold out ages ago... http://wakeup-world.com/2012/02/05/the-organic-elite-surrenders-to-monsanto-so-what-now/
02/06/2012 5:29:21 PM CST
Jamie says ...
Love this news!!! Keep up the good work Whole Foods & I'll be a life-long customer!
02/07/2012 8:05:50 AM CST
parker says ...
Why should I be looking on the labels for the non-GMO labels and having to buy organic at WFM? Why do they carry conventional if this is the case? Don't believe everything this corporate giant tells you sheeple Whole Foods wants to keep GMO off of labels as much as Monsanto. Putting non-GMO looks good and doesn't "scare people" from buying conventional products. GMO gets put on labels of GMO food, WFM loses money. The end.
02/07/2012 7:55:58 AM CST
Lmangum says ...
Nobody at WF cares about your opinion. If you want to make changes is the food labeling / manufacturing intm this country I encourage you to sign the petition at justlabelit.org
03/28/2012 11:55:12 PM CDT
Frank Plughoff says ...
While the PR language of Whole Food's stance on GMOs sounds good, it's slightly misleading. Whole Foods still allows and sells products with GMOs in their stores. And they sell their own line of "premium-priced" organic foods that have no GMOs. That's quite a marketing strategy! At a store near me, in large block letters on the outside of the store it say that Whole Foods supports the labeling of GMOs. In reality, they only support the voluntary labeling by manufacturers who do not use genetically engineered ingredients. I have directly asked Whole Foods enumerable times over past months what is their official stand on MANDATORY labeling of GMOs. Each time I have met by silence. Over 50 countries in the world either ban GMOs outright or mandate that they be labeled so that people can choose. It only makes sense that a company that touts itself as concerned for the health of its customers and the proliferation of clean and organic foods would be directly opposed to GMOs and supportive of mandatory labeling for products that contain GMOs. WHOLE FOODS - WHAT IS YOUR OFFICIAL POLICY ON MANDATORY LABELING OF FOODS CONTAINING GENETICALLY MODIFIED INGREDIENTS?????
02/09/2012 11:26:53 AM CST
Debbe says ...
Thank you for the clarification. I would have become a non-whole foods shopper. I am also considering employment there, but would not have done that either. Thank you for not siding with Monsanto and keeping healthy foods as your priority.
02/11/2012 8:50:36 AM CST
Kimberly Kingsley says ...
Wow - great post. I've often wondered about those rumors and happy to hear that they are just that - rumors. Thanks for keeping us informed. Kimberly
02/06/2012 1:03:53 PM CST
Helene says ...
thank you for posting this. Was seeing some of the accusations from folks on your Facebook page. I am not a fan of GMOs or Monsanto.
02/06/2012 3:35:38 PM CST
David Alexander says ...
I was sent a link to a story (Whole Foods Market Caves to Monsanto http://www.prwatch.org/spin/2011/01/9903/whole-foods-market-caves-monsanto) which implied that WFM (and others) had been fighting to stop Monsanto's genetically-engineered (GE) crops from contaminating the nation's organic farmland, but had agreed to stop opposing mass commercialization of GE crops in exchange for "compensation" to be paid to organic farmers for "any losses related to the contamination of his crop." I have read your blog but have not seen this specific point addressed. Would you please clarify - (1) were you at some point (in some (what?) way) fighting the contamination of organic farmlands by GE crops, and (2) have you now stopped? Thank you for clearing up any misunderstanding.
02/07/2012 1:51:01 PM CST
brian says ...
I DO NOT TRUST YOUR WORD!! I WISHED I DID!!!!
02/10/2012 2:32:46 AM CST
Jessica Britt says ...
This is great and everything, and I think that Whole Foods is okay to buy trusted name brands from, but I still prefer to buy produce from organic co-ops or farmers markets. I believe that local and organic is always the best way. Aside from the produce, certain brands are cheaper at organic co-ops and cheaper online than at Whole Foods anyway.
02/10/2012 5:17:16 PM CST
Susan Barnett says ...
The fact is you are not using your not inconsiderable clout to fight GMOs - you have decided it is a battle you cannot win and so are content with having them labelled. And you'll sell them in your "whole foods" store. Not only that, I suspect, you'll charge more for non-GMO foods. How nice for you. How sad for your customers. I won't be one of them. "Organic" has become a label that doesn't mean much and you and many of your largest vendors have exploited that opportunity.
02/02/2012 10:45:45 PM CST
Eloise Hill says ...
This blog smells like green washing to me, especially given the close ties between your CEO and Tom Vilsak and his relationship with Monsanto. I have been watching this story develop for some time now and there are two good things that have arisen from the media coverage: first, it is abundantly clear that the time has come for concerned consumers to quit waiting for corporations like WF to protect them and take on the fight against GMO products themselves and second, this has helped me solidify my decision to take the $6000/year that I have been spending at your stores and divide it among local vendors whose products and politics I can trust.
02/10/2012 8:17:22 PM CST
kitty kennedy says ...
I depend on WFM for certain foods because of my dietary restrictions. I was really hoping that this would absolve WFM, but it only made matters worse. First, I never heard a rumor that Monsanto was buying out WFM. Second, there were no accusations of a "secret deal", but WFM did publicly admit that they no longer oppose mass commercialization and that they're prepared to cut a deal for coexistence. Is WFM opposing deregulation of Monsanto's GE herbicide-resistant alfalfa? No. Finally, I don't think the problem was that WFM "started" selling products produced with GMOs. It's that as WFM continues to do so, with the deregulation, everything gets less safe for their customers. I'm sure that WFM is aware of how difficult it is to keep GE crops from contaminating organic crops. I'm also sure that WFM is aware of the drastic implications on farmers whose crops do get contaminated. Not only can they not then sell those crops as organic (nor can they then compete with other farmers selling GE crops after taking costly measures to ensure that their crops were organic); but they will also then suffer the wrath of Monsanto. In addition to countless atrocities on human beings worldwide, Monsanto has been known to sue small farmers whose crops were contaminated by their seeds on the grounds of "stealing" their technology. They've wiped out farmers who might otherwise have plenty of organic or non-GMO products. These farmers can't even begin to compete with Monsanto, but Monsanto has no ethical issue with ruining them. As far as I'm concerned, any tolerance for Monsanto's practices is too much tolerance. They've proved time and time again that they cannot be trusted and that they have no regard whatsoever for human vitality or for human life. This is not good.
02/02/2012 9:42:24 PM CST
Elizabeth says ...
Keep up the good work, Whole Foods! I am proud to be a regular customer... I had actually heard one of these rumors and knew it couldn't be true, but it's good to have an explanation for future reference.
02/03/2012 12:20:24 AM CST
lea says ...
@ dominique. Please do some research. I work for whole foods as only a cashier...no management position. I've been with the company a few years, make over $14/hr, pay next to nothing for insurance, I am given a $1000 from Whole Foods every January on a health care card to cover copays or things like acupuncture, I receive a 27% discount, and stock and retirement options. So I do believe Whole Foods treats their employees better than you may think.
02/15/2012 2:41:22 AM CST
Dee says ...
People need to understand that the majority of food in this world does contain GMO's! This is not some conspiracy people. Have you ever thought about the wind carrying seeds from one GMO plant to another??? It's not like Whole Foods is intentionally not labeling foods with GMO in it. It's much more realistic to assume that everything you buy that is not organic or part of the NO GMO project has some sort of GMO in it.
02/02/2012 9:50:46 AM CST
Mini Richards says ...
Please continue to identify more gluten free foods and if possible have fresh bakery gluten free sometime and more gluten free gummy pandas and ice cream. My husband has just been diagnosed gluten intolerant and we are still learning! Thank you for all you have done to make his life more pleasant.It is a pleasure shopping at your Chandler store. Also, thank you for labeling and standing strong against GMOS/ Monsanto!
02/02/2012 8:55:07 PM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Bobbie Thank you for reaching out. If you have specific questions we would be more than happy to talk with you about those issues. Please reach out to our Customer Service line with these questions and our Team Members will respond as soon as possible. Their contact information is below. http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/company/service.php
02/02/2012 10:02:33 AM CST
jenny says ...
We need to be diligent and aware that GMO's have not been tested for safety and the hazards that they could pose to our environment and our health could be catastrophic. Monsanto and Dow Chemical company are creating frightening things to put on our tables! I just read a few days ago that Dow Chemical Company os pushing a new GMO corn seen patent through the FDA that is Agent Orange resistant. Now why would someone create a seed that is resistant to Agent Orange if they were not planning to use Agent Orange on us? Think about that & remember what happened to very innocent people in Vietnam just a few short years ago. Are we coing to sit by and let this happen?
02/02/2012 10:02:20 AM CST
JAS says ...
Well, how about stop selling ALL Canola oil. It is GMO'd to death. And, if it says Canola it is Monsanto.
02/04/2012 3:02:30 PM CST
Tony says ...
Now Whole Foods knows what its like to be on the end of these false rumors that they themselves have previously perpetuated - serves them right. Keep charging more for yoru food - it makes nice profist and the rich and so called elite are stupid enough to pay for it
02/02/2012 3:21:43 PM CST
alexa says ...
What hardline stance did WFM avoid that caused this misunderstanding, if it is such? Please clarify. Can I trust that when I buy non-organic meat from whole foods, it is not from animals that had been fed GMOs all their lives? Also, what makes your "conventional" produce better than any other stores? I assumed it was non-gmo but now I"m not sure. The prices are sure higher, so I hope that it is to reflect better quality and not a way to mislead people towards that impression and make more money.. I would like someone from WFM to explain roughly what percentage of produce and processed foods sold at WFM are grown or made with GMO ingredients. If I can't KNOW that my extra money isn't going towards what i previously believed it was going towards, i can't trust WFM anymore and will stick to farmers markets and my own garden. Any softening on WFM's part towards Monsanto is too much and unacceptable. thank you
02/02/2012 7:46:49 PM CST
Teresa Roberts says ...
I am NOT assuaged. The article link provided doesn't even mention Whole Foods. It does however contain this quote: "Sharon Bomer, an executive vice president at Biotechnology Industry Organization, said “there is deep appreciation” in the GE industry for the need to minimize the spread of the crops. She said organic farmers must protect their crops. 'The burden is on them,' she said." Whole Foods should not be condoning "co-existence" with GMO foods and allowing them to "put the burden" on the organic farmers they are driving out of business with their biopiracy and lawsuits. Like the government of Hungary, we should be burning GMO fields and plowing them under.
02/02/2012 3:32:49 PM CST

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