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breej says ...
i dont think stating what you DIDNT do is hiding what you DID do. im so dissapointed at the research i have come across. WFM DIDNT 'sell out' to Monsanto, but they DID bargain with them. "Because we did not take the exact hard-line stance that the OCA did, they accused us of “being in bed with Monsanto,” and the rumor developed from there." Not taking a 'hard-line stance' against GMOs is the same thing as accepting them. Do people not understand that? WFM is supposed to be about WHOLE foods and defending the organic farms.... WFM is no better than Monsanto- they didnt stand up to them, they caved and bargained, hell they even sale monsantos products right in there store without a label!!! I will no longer be a whole foods shopper :(
02/07/2012 5:01:49 PM CST
Amy says ...
You should have said NO to GMOs, just like the Organic Consumer Association. "According to Whole Foods, the USDA presented the industry with two options: total deregulation of Genetically Engineered alfalfa, or deregulation with some conditions to facilitate coexistence and protection of non-GE farmers. Wholefoods reluctantly opted for the latter." There is no coexistance between gm and nature. GM will wipe out our native alfalfa. See you at the protest.
02/07/2012 4:38:14 PM CST
Ralph says ...
If the certified organic logo indicates that product is non-GMO, why the Non-GMO Verified program? If you look at the non-GMO Verified website, they automatically will enroll a certified organic product (if they pay the fees) because the Non-GMO Verified folks know that all certified organic products are non-GMO. It is worrisome that some products are in the Non-GMO Verified program but do not carry the certified organic logo. This seems like a smokescreen where consumers are being mislead that Non-GMO Verified is somehow better than certified organic, when the fact is that in some cases products are in the non-GMO verified program that are not organically grown. This seems like an attempt to fool people into thinking that non-GMO verified is better than certified organic when in many cases it is not as good as certified organic.
02/06/2012 12:40:39 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
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
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
Assunta Swier says ...
THANK YOU WHOLE FOODS!!
02/03/2012 1:38:05 PM 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
Laura says ...
Thank goodness!! Thank you for posting this.. I almost cried when my boyfriend passed on a rumor regarding Whole Foods and the devil company..
02/16/2012 9:10:05 AM CST
JON says ...
Thanks for clarifying this up.
02/16/2012 9:49:04 AM CST
lee says ...
but you are trading on the stockmarket, anytime monasanto decides to own you, it can.
02/16/2012 11:10:27 AM CST
GD says ...
You proved the point - that you favor or fear Monsanto, by not fighting harder. This is why they have taken over countries, and muscled their way in when clearly people do not want their food - no one is fighting hard enough. We expect you TOO FIGHT for our food freedom with everything you have. Or why buy from you. You have made billions off of our trust that you sell healthy tested food, so if you back off from a fight - what can you expect. Lack of trust. This example is true of the organics industry in many arenas. We pay higher prices because we believe someone cares & is monitoring. If not, we will go somewhere else in droves. By the way, NO ONE is monitoring the amount of radiation in our food. It is complete negligence and at some point people will hold them accountable.
02/16/2012 12:07:36 PM CST
Laurel Simmons says ...
It seems to me the emphasis on the Monsanto rumor just deflects attention the larger concern. Whole Foods holds itself to be a force for improving the US food system. Its unwillingness to take an unequivocal stand and use its size as a force for real change is a huge dissapointment. What options do most people have to make truly informed choices if we can't trust WF to help us? I remember years ago feeling reassured by WF when they educated me about why they didn't use cottonseed oil. I thought, 'great, they're looking out for me.' I feel really let down.
02/16/2012 3:24:29 PM CST
Vanessa says ...
Agree with.... YES!! Makes total sense. Renaldoo: Just LABEL THE PRODUCTS YOU PRODUCE THAT CONTAIN GMOs. Quit hiding behind all green paint. February 2nd, 2012 at 9:07 am
02/16/2012 6:32:42 PM CST
NotConvinced says ...
I would like to say that I have TOTAL confidence in WF, but I don't. Unfortunately WF's has become part of the defiled corporate conglomerate world just like all of the other BIG BIZ the rest of us 99%ers are fighting. Heck they are are probably big enough now they could elect someone into office using the Citizen's United decision made possible by our Supreme Court "Justices". Don't let anyone fool you, these new "life forms" the Supreme Court has deemed as "human", aka Corporations rub elbows in the men's rooms, cigar rooms, golf courses and anywhere else they don't think anyone is looking...all at the expense of our hard-earned cash and the insurance we pay for and don't get to use and our health that is slowly, but surely degrading away even as our minds are also being brainwashed into believing the good guy is bad and the evil is our savior. (Yeah, I know...my post will be trashed along with my health from consuming Monsanto's GMO foods.)
02/17/2012 5:17:01 PM CST
HealthyDoc says ...
In an effort to help ourselves, let’s look to the source of this GMO-warfare. We've got 6 former Monsanto execs now, thanks to our President, running with the others in the FDA. Obama has left the "whether it's safe to use GMO's up to the companies that make them". He doesn't want to be responsible for our welfare by not having the FDA do its job. Why? Because he put the Monsanto guys in there along with the 2 Bush put in. Our whole country is subjected to the ills of GMO's in our food supply. Corn and soy are the biggest offenders and all of the by-products from these crops. We've known in the ND and holistic community that GMO's are what "Celiac" folks and gluten-sensitive patients are reacting to. When exposed to those same grains in Europe where their foods are organic, no gluten-sensitivity. This is consistent with why US folks have the problems. GMO's react with the tissues in our intestines in ways that can never be corrected. These genetically inserted organisms are designed to kill their offenders, bugs (living organisms). When we consume them we also have tissue death and toxicity from them. Note- the medical community just announced that they've added gluten-sensitivity as a diagnosis consistent with celiac disease. That's great and all but without the connection being made between gluten-sensitive people and the GMO as root cause, we're never going to get this corrected. As with everything else, there's big money in treating illness. Our government (both parties) is tied up in the big business of Pharma-Corp-$-Govt-expense-of-the-people cycle. There's never going to be any help, unless it's grass-roots. Obama is trying to create a Healthcare initiative but won't hold the FDA accountable; he's perpetuating the whole demise. Don't think for a second, he doesn't know what he's doing. Put the pressure on from the top (Pres) and perhaps we'll get some resolve. As for WFM, do the best you can to buy labeled products with Non-GMO. It is unfortunate that they won't get on board with a large-scale refusal to carry GMO foods but when they're backed by the same big money as the Monsanto folks, they don't have to. Just be informed and make food choices and where you spend your money from an informed perspective. Support your local organic growers for produce when you can.
03/08/2012 2:48:54 PM CST
Noelle says ...
The one thing that will make sure we have the choice of purchasing products with or without GMO's, is a mandatory GMO label on all food products. Everyone eats and everyone has the right to know what is in our food. This is one area where the people have a lot of power in their voice for a very basic right. Google ewg gmo petition. WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT WE ARE EATING.
03/12/2012 8:34:26 PM CDT
John says ...
If you want GMOs to be labeled. I encourage you to sign this petition. http://justlabelit.org/
02/22/2012 6:05:53 PM CST
Jen mom says ...
Not much of a going along with the crowd person. I believe Whole Foods can do more. I have chosen to spend a considerable portion of my food budget at your store. I would love to be able to shop there and not have to worry about GMO products polluting my shopping experience. Realize as your customers become more educated about natural foods and organics we are going to place more demands on you as a store. You have an opportunity to hear your customers or perhaps someone else will and there will be a new niche market of stores that strictly regulate Gmo's in their stores and you will lose out. Your great success is on the shoulders of the many customers who have chosen to support you with our hard earned dollars. Please hear our voices and at least label things that include GMO's so we aren't forced to read every label. It will surely add a great value to your customers and perhaps give you much positive publicity for choosing to hear your customers.
02/22/2012 6:17:39 PM CST
Anon says ...
Did no one else notice the obvious contradiction here? "Rumor No. 3: Whole Foods Market recently decided to start selling food with GMOs. Wrong again!" ... "The most effective action we can take now is to label the food that DOESN’T include GMOs. If you want to avoid GMOs, here’s what to look for in our stores" So do you sell it or not?! Obviously you do, or you wouldn't have to label it or look out for it in your store!
02/22/2012 9:08:20 PM CST
Shelby says ...
Dear Whole Foods Monopoly, In your rant here in this blog, you still neglected to answer the real questions; Do you or do you not carry Monsanto produce? Do you or do you not label products and produce as organic - yet these "organic" things come from China? Can you answer these questions directly, without insinuating that the people accusing your establishment of being a farce are the crazy one's?
03/26/2012 7:54:47 AM CDT
Rick London says ...
Nice article but as I read it closer I could see the Washington-like spin. You do INDEED sell GMO-foods, but customers now have to look at the labels to make sure they are not getting them. Most of us neither have the time and us older ones the eyesight to do so. That is why we, for years, went to Whole Foods and paid a bit more so we wouldn't have to as we do at the regular grocery. You encourage your vendors to go GMO? Oh please. Why not just not carry GMO foods. Oh oh, don't explain...big profits..... This is ludicrous. Not too unlike the USA Certified foods you carry...grown in China. You've really lost your way. Kroger is healthier, frankly. Your sincere ex customer, Rick
03/26/2012 8:06:41 AM CDT
janejohnson says ...
@Shelby We do carry products that are non-organic and the only item we organically source from China are the 365 Organic Edamame.
03/26/2012 10:14:48 AM CDT
House of Numbers says ...
Shopping at Whole Foods is little different from shopping at other grocery stores. Reading packaging labels is like navigating a minefield of booby traps. For me, the pleasant experience are the nice people who work at WF and the friendly atmosphere. At least most shoppers perceive they are buying healthy, though sadly it's often quite the opposite. Please support mandatory GMO labeling for our children's sake.
03/14/2012 12:41:07 AM CDT
Armando S. says ...
Dear WFM: As I know that these rumors have been squashed by your blogs, it has still left bad PR in the "organic" community. My advice to you is to reach out to members of that community in ways of better outreach (news articles, magazine prints, etc), so that they are informed. As a valued member of that community I fully understand the harmful nature of GMO crops and their creator Monsanto, but the rest of Americans are uneducated about this. I, and the rest of the community truly want to stand with you in the fight against selling GMO products. From a business standpoint, I understand that this is rather difficult and/or near impractical but keep in mind that people who shop at WFM stay loyal for the purposes that you promote organic, and local farms. By simply becoming the next "big" grocery chain only destroys your public image within the community, and therefore will cause you to lose loyal clients.
02/27/2012 9:55:21 AM CST

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