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Jim says ...
Better than reported. Thanks.
02/02/2012 6:08:57 PM CST
Charley says ...
The Redmond store is not closing, I work at wf in Seattle, Redmond and Bellevue. Don't worry, we will stay and continue to serve your community!
02/02/2012 6:15:00 PM CST
Monica says ...
How is wholefood GMO free if sells plenty of Seedless grapes, watermelons and oranges. Which are proven to have been chemically engineered?
02/02/2012 6:38:21 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
candace grubbs says ...
i'm so glad it isnt true!
02/02/2012 8:07:17 PM CST
renaldoo says ...
@ Paige Brady Take away the organics, and the list is very short. And I know only a small minority of your products are labeled Non GMO- it was only recently that you removed the "unverified" 365 products from the 365 product list on your non gmo website. Could you list them so we can compare?
02/02/2012 8:16:00 PM CST
Kristofer Young, DC says ...
Thank you for your response! Are you saying that Whole Foods supports labeling non-GMO products rather than labeling GMO products? It seems very clear that we need the GMOs labeled. Dr. Kristofer Young
02/02/2012 8:26:58 PM 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
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
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
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
John says ...
Is it true that "Millions Against Monsanto" is behind the false rumors? That what is said in this post on The Daily Paul. http://www.dailypaul.com/178036/millions-against-monsanto-campaign-funded-by-rockefeller-and-merck
02/03/2012 12:44:59 AM CST
Ben says ...
That's very good to hear.
02/03/2012 7:20:29 AM CST
Mark says ...
Next you'll be telling us that the US Government wasn't responsible for 9/11, or that aliens from outer space don't control the Federal Reserve.... Idiots start rumors, and fools who own computers can't even do basic research to verify or refute them. WF is an excellent, well-run, customer and employee friendly company. It's sad that jerks try to smear its rep, and "journalists" slant and sensationalize "news".
02/03/2012 7:34:24 AM CST
Mary says ...
please. damage control!
02/03/2012 11:30:27 AM CST
Tina says ...
I read the article from OCA and it said nothing about Monsanto buying WF. Not sure where people got that from besides rumor. However, you bailed on the organic farmers and that is what pissed me off. You are a big enough company to really make a difference and speak for your customers who support organic and especially local. This is what you say you stand for but you didn't even put up a fight. Rolling over is why this country is still in such a mess, no one will do the dirty work. Shame on you for being such a hypocrite.
02/03/2012 11:47:32 AM CST
Marti says ...
My only problems with your answers are, first of all, why didn't you take a more hard-line stance against Monsato and GMOs at the meeting with the US Secretary of Agriculture and why do you allow any products with GMOs in your store? We depend on you to have the best quality food around. It would be nice to have one place where I don't have to spend so much time reading the ingredient label and have confidence in everything I buy there.
02/03/2012 11:55:04 AM CST
Ruth says ...
Thanks for the info. I wish that shopping at Whole Foods could guarantee non-GMO, but I know that diligence is part of my job as I provide for my family.
02/03/2012 12:16:29 PM CST
Mary says ...
SO NONE OF THIS IS TRUE? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ronnie-cummins/the-organic-elite-surrend_b_815346.html
02/03/2012 12:33:56 PM CST
Assunta Swier says ...
THANK YOU WHOLE FOODS!!
02/03/2012 1:38:05 PM CST
Bob says ...
Every store should have the Non-GMO Project Verified labels on all the shelves. Some stores have them up, but most don't!!
02/03/2012 2:21:47 PM CST
Melanie says ...
It is a wonder to me that you, WFM, doesn't cry a little harder in the public square to make this known. The fact that you do carry any GMO foods at all is enough for me to stay out of your stores. If you sell any, you are promoting GMO. Eventually they will contaminate the whole food supply, not to mention the ecosystem at large! This small blurb on your webpage doesn't answer all the questions. You may not have been bought by Monsanto, but that still doesn't tell us that your owners don't have anything to do with Monsanto. That seems to be the issue.
02/03/2012 3:00:05 PM CST
D Elle says ...
An acknowledgement is due for participating in the "Non-GMO Project", however WF hasn't "stood up" for anything, it is still selling products containing GMO. While GMOs have been thrown out of China and now the UK with India joining the conglomerate of nations directly opposed to the agricultural corruption brought Monsanto, taking legal action against Monsanto for a crime of ‘biopiracy‘. Peru even passed a 10 year ban on GM foods. Outside the US opposition to GMO has Monsanto looking to liquidate their facilities in Germany, France, and the Czech Republic. If WF really cared about the health of it's customers, it would really "take a stand". If all these other countries can successfully remove GMO, what about America? Does it have something to do with the fact that so many Monsanto employees are at the heart of the U.S. government? "Taking a stand" means "taking a stand", refusing to condone it, refusing to sell it, again, labeling is something, but does nothing to eradicate it, but simply, continues the selling of it to the public.. with a label.
02/03/2012 4:54:54 PM CST
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
Jeb says ...
USDA Organic products are allowed to contain something like 5% gmo. GMO's are slipped into many things. Watch your soy products like lecithin. Will someone please do something about monsanto. They are destroying the earth and us along with it.
02/04/2012 9:42:54 AM CST

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