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janejohnson says ...
@Armando I reached out to the post's author, Libba Letton, regarding your comment/suggestion. Here is her response. "Thanks for the feedback! We are working to get the message out to all our shoppers that at Whole Foods Market, our goal is to provide informed consumer choice about genetically engineered ingredients. We’ve done more than any other national retailer that we know of on this front. If shoppers want avoid GMOs, here are ways they can do so in our stores: •Try any of our 365 products as they are sourced to avoid GMOs. •Choose organic products, since USDA organic standards prohibit the use of GE ingredients •Look for the Non-GMO Project’s seal of verification on products in our stores. •We are working with our vendor partners every day to add more to our shelves. Each of our stores’ web pages has a shopping list of Non-GMO Project verified products carried in that store. (www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores) We believe the fastest route to transparency is through certified organic products and products verified under the Non-GMO Project’s verification and labeling program so we are focusing our efforts on increasing our offerings on this front."
02/27/2012 12:53:37 PM CST
Armando S. says ...
@Jane Johnson: Thank you so much for forwarding my response to the author, I truly appreciate my message taking notice. @ Libba Letton: It means so much to me and the rest of the community that our voices are at least heard and acknowledged. My last advice would be to have a direct link to this information on your homepage. It would be great PR, and would also help to relinquish these rumors. This information is not so easily accessible on your website, and I believe that your response is what the concerned consumer needs to read. Armando S.
02/27/2012 2:57:37 PM CST
Elisabeth Rose says ...
Whole Foods needs to stop using canola oil in all their prepared foods, pizza and salad bar, for starters. They can use other high-heat, non GMO oils, like organic Safflower oil, for their cooking, and olive oil or other oils for their cold, salad bar preparations. They shouldn't be selling gelato made from an outside source unless they know it is gelato made with real cane sugar, rather than sugar cut w/ 50% GMO beet sugar. They have to stop lying to people at their stores, where on more than one occasion folks working there have told me they don't have GMOs in their ingredients! Most importantly, they have to stop pretending to be about healthy eating unless they are going to fight back against the big companies and go all the way. Either Whole Foods is really about "whole" foods, or is just another huge food store, like Stop & Shop, etc.
04/11/2012 1:09:15 PM CDT
Brenda Jewell says ...
What about the current allegations that some of your organic foods are imported from China. Have you adequately investigated what the term organic means in China?
03/01/2012 7:16:31 PM CST
Earth Cannibal says ...
As always, most people here are avoiding the solution to this problem: self-sufficiency. If you choose to live in urban population centers, accept the fact that you will have to rely on systems out of your control to survive. If you want to ensure products are not tainted to your disliking, make them yourself...there are plenty of urban farming methods out there and plenty of open land between the coasts we all love some much. Just saying...
04/04/2012 12:24:51 AM CDT
Brian says ...
Approximately 2/3 of the products sold by Whole Foods Market and their main distributor, United Natural Foods (UNFI) are not certified organic, but rather are conventional (chemical-intensive and GMO-tainted) foods and products disguised as “natural.”If WFM had any integity or moxy it would go completely organic,but it won't coz they too are part of the vampiric process.
03/03/2012 10:16:16 AM CST
John Leclerc says ...
Part of the original appeal of WF and health food stores is that you didn't have to score every ingredient label because it wastes time and effort. Originally you could trust the products offered. Now you can't, but there is a major alternative. Unlike the 365 brand, a very high percentage of products at Trader Joe's carry their private label, and TJ's has been auditing for and eliminating GMO ingredients in them since 2001. TJ's claim their brand name products are GMO free even when not organic. They also claim most of their seafood (frozen, canned, etc) is from sustainable sources approved by seafood watch, and it will all be by late 2012.
03/19/2012 11:35:25 PM CDT
franklin says ...
Yes, Whole Foods Market sells some products that contain GMO's. Because GMO's have tainted food crops all over the world and it is impossible to know what does and does not have in it, unless consistently tested! So until food containing GMO's are properly labeled and food companies test their OWN products for GMO's then it is uncertain just how much of the products have GMO's in them. WF carries most of the same products that I find at my local co-op. So I can also assume that most natural food stores unknowingly carry GMO tainted foods. If these products were properly labeled then we wouldn't find them in ANY health food store. I find it ridiculous that people expect a GROCERY STORE to do their fighting for them. GD why aren't you fighting for your own "food freedom" ? All this talk about "expecting more from a natural food store" is great in theory. But what about pressuring the people who actually MAKE the food, not distribute it. It's great to see everyones passion about this issue but how about we direct it towards the core source instead of taking the easy way out and expecting a retail chain health food store to fight this battle for us.
03/03/2012 3:22:36 PM CST
JT says ...
So why is WF not supporting the CA initiative to label GMO food? WF should be donating big bucks to the cause, but isn't. Why?
03/03/2012 3:37:27 PM CST
AreYouKiddingMe says ...
Are you guys kidding me? John Mackey (CEO of Whole Foods) is a climate change denying libertarian. He admires Ayn Rand (who admired serial killers). Libertarians are known for their primitive views of free-market capitalism. They essentially want everything to be deregulated and to have corporations run the gov't (basically like it is today). Although I'm guilty of shopping here myself, I started going to local organic markets. The more money you give these corporate swindlers, the more power they have. What will you do when there is nowhere to shop but Whole Foods, Safeway, CVS, and Giant?
04/07/2012 5:12:58 PM CDT
Sally_Oh says ...
People, stop whining, use your brains and the information you have and make an informed decision. Read the labels. If it doesn't say "non-GMO", it's got GMOs in it. Move on. The fact is WF has done more for the non-GMO movement than any other grocery store BY FAR. I'm sure it's cost them money to do so. If you want the non-GMO movement to continue and expand, support every effort out there! The only way to hurt Monsanto is via its pocketbook. Boycott GMOs and patronize the stores that are working to help us make informed decisions. Is WF only doing this for the money? WHO CARES? I work for a living, too.
04/05/2012 8:41:39 AM CDT
Warofthewords says ...
Unfortunately reporters and writers often run with stories before checking them out, or worse—they don't care about accuracy, they just want to create controversy which gets viewers and readers. When the damage is done it takes a lot of hard work (and wasted time) to put it right. I shop at Whole Foods and really like the store. The employees that I see appear to be happy. They're sure friendly enough. So they get my vote of confidence and my dollar, until I've got proof that something is really wrong. And you'll know something's up when the lines start to shrink. Until then—Happy Passover and Happy Easter.
04/05/2012 2:38:40 PM CDT
janejohnson says ...
@Brenda You can find the most up to date information regarding our organic sourcing from china at the below links. http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/whole-foods-market-responds-to-wjla/ http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/products/sourcing.php http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/2008/06/inside-scoop-organics-from-china/
03/05/2012 12:26:00 PM CST
Nancy says ...
Instead of providing a list of products not containing GMO's, can you please just post your list of the foods that do, it would save me a whole lot of hassle. Thanks!
03/07/2012 3:38:21 PM CST
SEO Consultant Shane Hunter says ...
This is good to see these rumors squashed. I love whole foods, and have frequented the new location in Encinitas, CA at least once a week since it opened! These rumors scared me, but now I can tell people the t
05/04/2012 6:17:55 PM CDT
YouDecide says ...
Dear WF you want to take a stronger stand against Monsanto and the likes, as well as a stronger and definite stand in labeling ALL your Products in a clear way. Banning out any "linguistic" game and misleading term... The reason why is very simple.. Or you stand or we leave your stores..! --WHAT'S BETTER?
05/15/2012 9:04:50 PM CDT
OCA is a Fraud says ...
The OCA(Organic Consumers Association) is in bed with Monsanto. They are funded by their Merck and Rockefeller buddies. Do not support them. Those who attack Whole Foods with these kind of ridiculous accusations are probably in bed with Monsanto. Whole Foods is Monsanto's largest competition, so it isn't surprising to see so many trolls(like "Areyoukiddingme" trying to put WF in the same basket with CVS and freaking Safeway) here trying to give them a bad reputation. Or Shelby, who calls Whole Foods a monopoly....I really recommend you look up the definition of monopoly. Whole Foods is competing with a monopoly: Monsanto. Little organic co-ops cannot come close to competing with a fascist multi national corporation that dominates the entire world's agriculture through all means and ends, including world government bodies. They own the stores, brands, trucks, land, farms everything. It is going to take something at least the size of Whole Foods to keep this cartel in check. It is the consumers job the keep buying organic food and non-gmo food so there is demand for it. It is the consumers duty to challenge government actions regarding the issue and without becoming emotionally attached to these organizations who claim to be fighting Monsanto, but are not.
04/28/2012 6:34:19 PM CDT
Michael H. says ...
http://monsantoboycott.com/featured/usda-forces-whole-foods-to-accept-monsanto/ This article is very disappointing to me and my wife. We are loyal WF shoppers and, up until reading this article, trusted WF and its judgment. Shame on you. We intend to follow this story and others regarding WF's food ethics. If we are not completely satisfied that WF stands for 'good healthy food', then we will not hesitate to remove WF from our list of approved food sources and your brand new store on Lane Avenue in Upper Arlington, Ohio will not be one of our stops. It's that simple. Michael H.
06/01/2012 5:09:55 PM CDT
jondska says ...
While I applaud WF for environmental concerns, I fail to comprehend why GMO's are regarded as bad. Is it bad to create a plant that can bear more fruit with less water or less fertilizer in a smaller space? Don't you think most of the food that is farmed is already from a GMO? I don't get it.
04/22/2012 8:14:16 PM CDT
Mary Volk says ...
Thank you for clarifying the information that Monsanto had bought WF. They may not have bought your business yet, but it appears they have already bought your Soul. Why are you not standing up to them? You are in a powerful position to flight for consumer rights to healthy food, or is that just an illusion? I think this rumor was a wake up call for WF to do the right thing
05/17/2012 1:21:37 PM CDT
Sari A Myers says ...
Libba: When You ask intelligent people who are deeply concerned about both the integrity of our food supply and about the duplicitousness of our politicians, to "stop the insanity!" and then suggest that claims are "ridiculous!" you risk sounding like thou doth protesteth too much. I am not buying what You're selling, either here in this blog or on the shelves of Your pretty, pretty stores.
04/22/2012 4:04:09 PM CDT
nate says ...
My family shops at Whole Foods, and love it! I do agree with some of the individuals who have posted above about their concerns. It would be great to understand what type of feed is being fed to the cows, fish, and chickens. I think a lot of people would just want to have more information about what they are ingesting. If our food system worked they way it is supposed to, organic would not be an option, it would be the standard. And, if it were the standard, food prices would drop, in which the end result would be people eating healthier. Oh, and it would drop healthcare costs as well. I'm glad Whole Foods exists, because they are at least creating a standard for what supermarkets should offer.
05/22/2012 4:37:20 PM CDT
Lina says ...
Do you endorse the campaign to label GMOs in California? Now that the petitions are in, your support in local stores could make a huge difference, and go a long way toward dispelling the rumors!
05/27/2012 1:41:15 AM CDT
El says ...
WF, you named your enterprise “Whole Foods” obviously to target customers who care deeply about healthy foods. But, at the same time, you filled your shelves with GMO-laced “natural” foods undoubtedly knowing that industry research shows most customers thought “natural” means no pesticides and GMOs. (Perhaps like the liars at Kashi you thought it meant “minimally processed!”) Even if you hadn’t realized how confused consumers are by this term (impossible), you couldn’t reasonably have considered GMO foods inserted with bacteria, viral promoters and antibiotic markers and designed to survive being sprayed with residue-leaving glyphosate and 2,4 D poisons could possibly be considered “whole foods!” Better you should own up to being just an average grocery store; change to your founder’s name; and advertise “more organics than our competitors.” Perhaps then customers might be no angrier at you than say, Safeway, for promoting the expansion of GE foods by peddling them unlabeled to Americans. And then like Safeway and all the others, you wouldn’t have felt this need to call for “co-existence” with unmanageable frankencrops that spread their deviant pollen on the wind and threaten to annihilate all organic foods, as well as ruin our soils and kill off our bees. You and your fellow grocers could just sit back, count up your “all natural” profits, and quietly wait for the end.
06/07/2012 1:00:20 AM CDT
Erin says ...
I have to echo what the others are saying- take a stand and just ban that crap outright. That said I have to say I was disappointed by WF a long time ago. It's not the customer service or store atmosphere that did it- it was your product selection. I can't tell you how many times I went in to look for fruit on the Dirty Dozen list, only to find the "conventional" tag on them. Stone fruits, berries, etc. why should I have to use frozen fruit? After months of this I gave up. In fact, I was delighted when you had to sell one of your stores back to. It's former owner. The fact that your invredient list for a personal pizza ia too big for label, that speaks more than your advertising. I've worked at Alfalfa's before, and know all the myths about affordability, but will favor othe places that are more honest about what they really have to offer.
06/23/2012 11:48:13 AM CDT

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