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Terrie says ...
Thank you for the info and for providing so many clean eating choices. After watching Food,Inc I have decided to 'retake my plate' and I do not mind paying more at the cash register because in terms of health (mine and the health of the planet) buying non-gmo and seeking out organic is worth the money and effort. I am plan to vote with my dollar and to spread the word to family and friends. Keep up the great work.
06/10/2010 11:16:52 AM CDT
Manda says ...
Not true... Whole Foods DOES carry GMO items. Anything with Canola Oil in it, and 99% of Soy items are GMO. Please Whole Foods... do some research into the brands you are carrying... Put your money where it matters.
07/26/2010 9:01:02 AM CDT
Margaret says ...
Thank heaven, someone has finally realized the damage of GMO foods. Take that Monsanto!
08/09/2010 7:53:22 AM CDT
ann k says ...
I recently purchased your 365 brand whole wheat flour. There was no 'nongmoverified' seal on the package. I want to know whether this product is non gmo.
10/07/2010 11:36:06 PM CDT
paig292 says ...
@Ann When developing our 365 store brand products, we work with our manufacturers to source non-genetically engineered ingredients. Additionally, we have enrolled all of our 365 products in the Non-GMO Project in order to attain their 3rd party verification seal. Of course, verifying all of our products will take a bit of time. We'll start to see the Non-GMO Project Verified seal on more and more products as they work through the system. Thanks!
10/08/2010 9:21:32 AM CDT
ann k says ...
Thank You Paige for your prompt response. I'm happy that there are a few good sources of Real food.
10/08/2010 1:36:41 PM CDT
steve says ...
Nothing sold at Whole Foods should be GMO. Whole Foods Customers should never have to look for a Non-GMO label.
10/12/2010 9:14:53 PM CDT
Amber says ...
I don't use facebook, but I wanted to let you know that I will make an effort to buy Whole Foods tofu, if they have them available in my area and if they are GMO free.
10/19/2010 12:02:38 AM CDT
Elizabeth says ...
Is there anyway Whole Foods can carry NO foods made from Monsanto seeds?
11/22/2010 4:39:38 PM CST
j. says ...
I appreciate the complexity of this arena as the more GMOs there are the harder it becomes to not have 'contamination'. I personally would prefer to not ingest or absorb any GMOs and unfortunately there are many people perhaps unaware or not ready to take the risk for different forms of profit. I felt inclined to reflect on Lee's post who wrote: >>"Lee Kane: I’m a WFM Team Member and want to comment on Clarisa’s wish that there be no GMO’s at all in our product mix. While I’m sure that many (including myself) wish that that were the case,the sad reality is that GMO’s have already penetrated the food supply so deeply in this country that most of the shelves in all of our supermarkets would be bare if that were so. The best thing any of us can do at this point is to vote with our wallets/pocketbooks by buying organic foods,and especially those with the “Non-GMO-Certified” seal. ">> Thank you Lee for what you shared....and.... I feel like if we have arrived at a place where the 'shelves would be bare' if we don't stock them with foods containing GMOs....then the fight is already 'lost' so to speak. I might be less in tune as I don't work at a grocer....but that seemed a bit to the extreme. If this was the case why even work for the 'Non-GMO Project' because it would be a lost cause. AND If we are to 'vote with our pocketbooks'.....who could do this better than Whole Foods Market. If WFM says to the companies that they have 1 yr to remove GMOs from their products or they will stop purchasing/stocking these products......would this not send an incredible message? I hear what Lee is saying and I in fact want to go a step further and say that stores like WFM need to vote with their pocketbook as well. WFM needs to say IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE that unless we by foods with GMOs our 'shelves will be bare'. This is a challenging time and a cross roads from which we cannot turn back (once GMO continues to go deeper into the 'food chain'). Yes, perhaps the shelves will be a little challenged for a short time....but isn't it worth it. Maybe there will be less product to choose from but it will be the strong 'voice' of making change. Somebody has to make the bold move and stop purchasing the products and putting it on the shelves waiting to be bought. Does that not seem to make as much sense if not a bit more? Something needs to give........but that's just me. Thanks!
01/22/2011 4:01:28 PM CST
Michelle says ...
Thanks WFM for selling out to MONSANTO: will never shop at your store again!!! Will be tweeting and facebooking all my contacts to share with everyone the green-washing WFM is now involved with. I guess friends stick together thanks to Tom Vilsack. All Whole Foods customers need to wake-up!! www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_22449.cfm
01/27/2011 8:32:07 PM CST
stephanie says ...
hey, what happened to this whole foods? monsanto's offer was too big to refuse? you guys are a disgrace.
01/30/2011 8:28:16 AM CST
Robert Banever says ...
Dear Sirs, I applaud your stance on non GMO foods and seeds, however I must ask why you continue to use canola oil in almost all of your prepared foods. Canola (rape) oil is an industrial solvent and insecticide, and is 93% GMO unless it is organic. Since you do not label your oil as organic I assume it is not. I wish you would discontinue the use of this unhealthful (and inexpensive) oil in your prepared foods. I personally will not buy them if they contain this type of oil. Do you have any plans to stop using canola oil in your prepared foods? If not, can you say for certain it is non GMO? Thank you. Robert Banever
02/01/2011 10:16:31 AM CST
Lou McKenzie says ...
But of course we are not asking WFM to lie to or "mislead" their customers, to claim that all their products are GMO-free, or to sell only organically certified foods. On the contrary, we are simply asking them to abandon the "business as usual" industry practice of remaining silent on the scope and degree of contamination in the billions of dollars of non-organic food they are selling to unwitting consumers every year. What we are asking is that WFM ethically lead the way - in what is now a very unethical marketplace - by admitting publicly (not just in an internal memo) that a major portion of the non-organic foods they are selling (especially processed foods and animal products) are contaminated with GMOs. Then we want them to take the next step and announce that they will start labeling these GMO and/or CAFO foods truthfully, meanwhile pressuring their non-organic food suppliers to either reformulate products with non-GMO ingredients or start making the transition to organic.
02/06/2011 1:45:34 PM CST
John Price says ...
Madam or Sir Recent blogs are saying that Wholefoods is yielding to Monsanto on the issue of GMO's and it is great to see that this is not your intention. We hope that this also includes ingredients going into organic foods. Since your products have never contained GMO's, we trust the cost of the products you sell (beyond the pressures in the marketplace) will not rise just because you continue to ensure their organic integrity. Do this and not only will we remain a customer, we will continue to tell others and convince others to shop Wholefoods!
02/16/2011 3:45:28 PM CST
Denise says ...
I would like to see an explanation for the article in the link below. I shop WF regularly and find this disconcerting. It is truly sad that we consumers are left this vulnerable. What happened to the days when we got good products at honest prices? http://www.politicolnews.com/whole-foods-to-carry-gmo-foods/
03/16/2011 5:19:19 PM CDT
bepkom says ...
@Denise: The blog that you link to is brief commentary on a highly misleading letter released by the Organic Consumer's Association a few months ago. Whole Foods Market has not become a subsidiary of Monsanto nor have we decided to start selling GMO foods 'disguised' as organic. In fact, there are too many inaccurate statements in both articles to address in this post. We certainly appreciate your concern over this matter and suggest researching all sides to the story. I suggest starting here: http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/2011/01/no-regulations-ge-alfalfa/ Within the response are links to other articles written by some of the other organic industry leaders that were also attacked in the OCA's letter. Thank you for your question and allowing us the opportunity to explain the truth.
03/19/2011 10:09:12 AM CDT
Dan says ...
Is your 365 brand non-GMO? The information on your website eludes that, in fact, your brand may contain GMO’s. You have a partnership with the Non-GMO Project but I do not see that your own 365 brand as labeled “Non-GMO Project verified”. I understand that the 100% organic product will be non-GMO (obviously). But, what about your 365 brand products that are not 100% organic? Am I missing something?
04/18/2011 4:53:16 PM CDT
bepkom says ...
@Dan: To start, our entire private label line is sourced to avoid GMOs. In addition, the entire line (both organic and non-organic) has been enrolled with The Non-GMO Project to receive third-party verification. The verification does take a little bit of time, but all our private label products are in some stage of the process. As for the packaging, we are at different points of cycling through pre-printed packaging in different parts of the country. As we are able to sell through the old packaging you will begin to see the newer packaging with the 'Non-GMO Project Verified' label show up in your local store. I'd like to point out that though many of our products have completed the verification process, some are still being sold in older packaging that does not contain the 'Non-GMO Project Verified' label.
04/19/2011 4:11:24 PM CDT
Billy James says ...
My wife and I have been traveling for the past 2 weeks on vacation and while in San Francisco, sought out a Whole Foods store so that we could indulge in a healthy, organic, GMO-free meal... We were astonished to see that your hot food bar was almost entirely cooked using canola oil which we know to be GMO contaminated. What plans, if any, does Whole Foods have to change the way hot foods are prepared and ensure those of us trying to stay away from GMO products can purchase these products from you without worry... Thanks! Billy & Kathleen James
05/09/2011 8:25:47 PM CDT
Waverly says ...
When can we expect to be able to shop our local WFM and be assured nothing contains GMOs? I look forward to that day, as well as the day when other more mass-market stores follow.
05/15/2011 2:22:43 PM CDT
dana says ...
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help STOP GMO. Thank you, Dana Card A very loyal WF's shopper
05/27/2011 9:39:18 AM CDT
Michelle says ...
What criteria is used for determining whether non-GMO foods are actually non-GMO? Do you do testing? Do you go solely on the word of farmer's? How do you prove what seeds they used? Many people have heard that Whole Foods was one of the first to cave in to Monsanto. Why should I believe that they have changed their stance, and are standing up to places like Monsanto? Truth in labeling has been a big issue for awhile...I'd like to know with certainty that what is labeled non-GMO is truly non-GMO, and worth the extra $ that I might pay .
06/08/2011 11:15:03 AM CDT
Laurie O says ...
Thank you for listening to your customers. Thank you for working with the Non-GMO Project. Please tell people about the petition to get GMOs labeled that is on the White House website. "Require all Genetically Modified Foods to be labeled as such" is the first line of the Petition. Thanks.
09/28/2011 8:55:45 AM CDT
Laurel Simmons says ...
I tried to search for the alleged non-GMO food product list following all the links suggested. The final link did not lead to a product list at all, just a marketing page. Until WF makes the list visible and easy to find it appears that you are trying to hide something and therefore lying. I've been shopping at WF since it was Bread and Circus and I've never been so disapointed.
02/16/2012 3:09:51 PM CST

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