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Andrew Ripley says ...
Hey Libba, I've been following the whole GMO debate for a little while. Sorry to hear you guys got rumors about you. It's truly sad to hear some folks are resorting to lies to stir up hysteria and pull at the conspiracy theory heart strings we can all react to. But then again, I guess the entire debate is shrowded with misinformation and this appears to be more of the same. Why they'd attack Whole Foods, I don't know. I love your guys' licorice--it's the best! I just wanted to express my distaste in general for this sort of tactic and thanks for setting the record straight. The worst thing we can do is make false conclusions from bad information--let alone misinformation.
02/09/2012 1:52:43 AM CST
Shelly says ...
Can you please explain why Whole Foods' 365 brand Corn Flakes contains "high levels" of GMOs (more than 50% GE corn)? This is very troubling and upsetting. Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/033838_breakfast_cereals_GMOs.html#ixzz1lq4HZPCt
02/08/2012 6:14:26 PM CST
Sammie says ...
So glad to know! All this time, ever since hearing the rumor, I have been avoiding the 365 brand. So nice to know I can welcome it back into my home!
02/08/2012 11:31:56 AM CST
paig292 says ...
@David Alexander Whole Foods Market has been a staunch supporter of non-GE foods in the marketplace for many years. We have taken a strong and visible stance on biotechnology in agriculture, and will continue to do so. We will continue to work aggressively on this issue because we believe that GE food ingredients should be clearly labeled, and that consumers who want to avoid them should have an actionable way to do so. While the USDA’s decision will make our work more difficult, we are as committed as ever to ensuring that non-GE food remains available and we will continue to advocate for our farmers and for our shoppers on this issue. I encourage you to read this blog post from last year where we talk about what we will do after the USDA's decision: http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/2011/01/no-regulations-ge-alfalfa/
02/07/2012 4:57:23 PM CST
Lisa says ...
Thank you Whole Foods!!!!! I knew I could count on you to have safe and healthly foods. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!
02/07/2012 4:27:07 PM CST
zyl says ...
Thanks for this strong and clear statement. As long as you do not sell any type of any GMO food, I am always a WF customer.
02/06/2012 11:00:22 PM CST
MARIKA LOVE says ...
Nature has proved her sustainability by existing for billions of years. In Nature, a rat would never mate with a head of lettuce, or a jellyfish with a potato. In Nature, man made pharmaceuticals, chemicals and pesticides do not exist.Please don't allow these man made poisons to be spliced into natural, whole foods! I don't know whom to believe, and am considering breathairianism.
02/06/2012 12:38:35 PM CST
Me says ...
It can be so over whelming sometimes!! It's like there's just too much info out there and who can even be trusted! Heck wish I had a lab in my home to test seed first for gmo and just grow my own food. So many horror mongers on the net:(( Many thanks to you Whole Foods:) PS. I pray before i eat and the Lord knows i would not willingly eat anything that would harm me.
02/06/2012 12:32:39 PM CST
Diane Alexander says ...
Wow. I am sooooo relieved. Thanks for keeping your standards high.
02/06/2012 8:17:57 AM CST
Rachel says ...
WHY did whole foods stand for coexistence and NOT organic integrity?!?!?! Is it not bad enough that GE foods are NOT labeled but the organics are being polluted! So much that Europe won't even buy American ORGANIC foods!!! Really Whole Foods?!?!?! COEXISTENCE WITH THE PRODUCER OF AGENT ORANGE?!?!?!?! I've been told we cannot petition at Whole Foods for labeling GMO as such because Whole Foods doesn't want to get politically involved my an ASTL but looks like you're taking a stand all right! And there is NO MENTION OF THE COMPENSTATION $$$ RECIEVED FOR THE CARINOGENICS THAT THE ORGANIC FARMERS ARE NOW BEING FORCED TO BE EXPOSED TO!!!
02/05/2012 11:47:09 AM CST
LeaP says ...
Oh Thank GOD!!!!!! I was alittle worried, New Vegan here and I only shop with your stores :)
02/05/2012 8:58:54 AM CST
Ellen says ...
All of you people who want to believe your precious WF is going to protect you from GMO food- do some research on your own. You don't have to dig very deep. Here's one article by By Ronnie Cummins of the Organic Consumers Association. There are plenty more articles from reputable sources like this one. http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/2011/01/27/organic-elite-surrenders-to-monsanto/
02/05/2012 8:27:36 AM CST
David says ...
I hadn't heard any of these rumors. I'm more concerned with Wholefoods selling Chinese food products (even "organic" edamame...)Other chains such as Trader Joe's do not sell Chinese food products because of the well-documented safety issues. You can't source organic edamame (soybeans)in the US? Really? I've worked and traveled extensively in Asia, and anything "organic" coming from China is implausabl.e, to say the least
02/05/2012 8:17:07 AM CST
Joss Thomas says ...
Whole Foods Market, while proclaiming their support for organics and “seed purity,” gave the green light to USDA bureaucrats to approve the “conditional deregulation” of Monsanto’s genetically engineered, herbicide-resistant alfalfa. Beyond the regulatory euphemism of “conditional deregulation,” this means that WFM and their colleagues are willing to go along with the massive planting of a chemical and energy-intensive GE perennial crop, alfalfa; guaranteed to spread its mutant genes and seeds across the nation; guaranteed to contaminate the alfalfa fed to organic animals; guaranteed to lead to massive poisoning of farm workers and destruction of the essential soil food web by the toxic herbicide, Roundup; and guaranteed to produce Roundup-resistant superweeds that will require even more deadly herbicides such as 2,4 D to be sprayed on millions of acres of alfalfa across the U.S.
02/05/2012 7:28:04 AM CST
Nicola says ...
Thanks so much to dismantle this lie about Wholefoods , i've worked for your company , and i knew that it'isnt true what the mass-media are releasing about the Company . Best Regards Nicola
02/05/2012 7:16:02 AM CST
Jer says ...
I am a shareholder too. It is critical for all Whole Foods to label all products that contain GMOs or GMO ingredients. And I hope the company takes action on this right away.
02/05/2012 7:13:02 AM CST
Jeri says ...
A useful documentary to see to educate yourself on why GMOS are bad "The World According To Monsanto." You can watch on line for free: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-world-according-to-monsanto/
02/05/2012 7:09:14 AM CST
Jed Zimmerman says ...
People on Facebook are up at arms at Whole Foods deceptive practice of calling something Organic under your 365 label and come to find out it is a product of China. No one in their right mind believes China even knows what Organic is. This is deceptive advertising that will come back to bit you. Organic to consumers in the US has to do with US standards and no one else. Thank you
02/04/2012 3:38:45 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
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
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
Mary says ...
please. damage control!
02/03/2012 11:30:27 AM 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
Jim says ...
Better than reported. Thanks.
02/02/2012 6:08:57 PM CST
Carla says ...
I am glad to read this and get a clear statement from Whole Foods themselves. I support Whole Foods even if I have to cut out other luxuries in order to continue to afford a wholesome lifestyle for myself and my family. We travel almost weekly (sometimes Every two weeks) a little over an hour just to get to Whole Foods. So hearing this makes it all the more worth the waste in gas, time, money, and of course our dedication to shop there...
02/02/2012 5:38:22 PM CST

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