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Lady Organic says ...
I think the best part of it all is that you are using Dr. Grandin's criteria for the audits of the slaughter houses! What a wonderful honor you've given to her. I am sure she is very excited to see her hard work put into action. Great Job Whole Foods!
02/16/2011 2:15:22 PM CST
Tina Johnson says ...
Wow I have been looking into something like this. Now I will cook animals for my husband. He will be thrilled. Thank you so much, it's hard to trust any labels etc when buying animal products. Since the eggs are humanely treated I can add them back in my diet. Thanks again for all you do and for an organization in which I can donate to. Tina Johnson
02/16/2011 8:54:57 AM CST
Mary says ...
Thank you! This is a great step forward. And I am grateful your knowledgeable staff behid the meat counter, especially since I have been purchasing only pastured meats/eggs. One question (which may be very obvious, but would like specific clarity), does step 5 (and 5+) also include pasture raised as one of the necessary qualifications? Thanks again!!
02/03/2011 2:56:34 PM CST
Pamela says ...
I am very excited about this and love having the assurance that what I feed my family comes from humane and properly fed sources. Bravo Whole Foods!!
02/03/2011 2:56:36 PM CST
R Prada says ...
I am only interested in eating grass fed meat. I do not want an animal fed cord, soy or any other feed that is not part of their normal diet. It goes without saying I want them organically pastured. If you give me this information, I will eat the food that conforms. Only non-GMO alfalfa, of course.
02/03/2011 3:37:19 PM CST
Scilla says ...
These are great standards, when will the color-coded labels take affect in the stores? I go to Whole Foods every week and as of now I only see the labels on a few meat products.
02/03/2011 3:47:33 PM CST
Denise says ...
I'm with Gloria...is this "vegetarian food" Non-GMO food ? This would be really great ! Thanks ! Love Whole Foods Stores !
02/03/2011 3:55:04 PM CST
Kitty H says ...
All this is great! But What steps are taken in the slaughter of these animals? Is it the same old thing or is it and I know this is silly, but is it as gentle as they are raised? Is care taken so their last moments are as good as can be?
02/03/2011 4:14:47 PM CST
Kathryn Grace says ...
I love this. Thank you so much for taking strong steps to assure safe meat is available to those of us who choose meat diets, as well as assuring the animals who sacrifice their lives for us have comfortable lives.
02/03/2011 4:20:29 PM CST
Carol goodman says ...
Your standards for animal welfare are the main reason I always shop at whole foods. I am so proud of you! Thank you!
02/03/2011 8:40:45 PM CST
Lissa says ...
I agree with R Prada. What about grass-fed vs. grain-fed? Once I know that information I will be much more comfortable purchasing meat from Whole Foods.
02/09/2011 1:16:13 PM CST
Sonia Turgeon says ...
I have been waiting for this program to be a part of WF markets. Now I can finally buy meat for my family and not feel as guilty about the choice to occasionally eat meat. thank you.
02/09/2011 2:33:59 PM CST
Emily says ...
Hi there! It was recently announced that Whole Foods is coming to Ottawa. Reading this page about the respect and dignity that the animals are treated with warmed my heart. Thank you for investing in and supporting farms that raise animals with care. I'm eager to shop at your store.
02/10/2011 3:41:52 PM CST
Sara Carpien says ...
I was a vegetarian until I became pregnant and my body craved steak, of all things! Guess I needed the iron. Nevertheless, I made a conscious decision to start eating meat, but only via Whole Foods. I appreciate your high standards and dedication to animal welfare. You are forging the way and hopefully, one day, the USDA will make those standards, mandatory, across the board. One can dream. :)
02/10/2011 5:46:46 PM CST
rachel says ...
I love Animals, and Whole Foods loves animals, so I love whole foods. This point system of 1-5+ educates me about my food, I feel like a more conscious consumer. Also, I feel great about where my food comes from and knowing I can buy meat from an animal that lived a good life. Animals are too often abused, but by whole foods supporting these farmers that take care of their animals is economically beneficial and socially responsible. Thank you whole foods!
02/10/2011 6:22:04 PM CST
Jeri Studt says ...
I'm with Alli -- I would hesitate to buy Amish-produced meat because many Amish are notorious puppy mill breeders.
06/17/2012 8:33:29 PM CDT
Teriqua Jones says ...
I think if this rating system is implemented everywhere, we will all be healthier. Today, we can shop at Whole Foods and know exactly what we are buying. Maybe someday it will spread to mainstream grocers. Great job at Whole Foods. Keep up the good work and you will change the way the world treats our food animals.
09/28/2012 6:26:37 PM CDT
Artemus says ...
I find this totally unrealistic and pie-in-the-sky. Of course, if the intention is to eventually force everyone to become vegan, this is probably the best way to go about it. There is too much here that makes no sense - for example, "alterations prohibited". As someone who HAS eaten meat from an uncastrated pig (boar), I can tell you it is gamey and rank compared to pork from a castrated pig. And keeping all male cattle as bulls - again totally unreasonable. Not only would they not taste the same, but they would be incredibly dangerous to be around, and would undoubtedly do themselves some horrendous injuries fighting over the cows. (Yes, I've seen that too!). Free-range chickens often have short and nasty lives - hawks, foxes, coyotes, loose dogs, even feral cats see to that. And how to FIND those eggs? They'd be laid all over the place. I do NOT support any mistreatment of meat or egg producers, but there are limits. This sounds like something thought up by someone who was NEVER raised on a farm and whose only contact with farm animals is through airy-fairy, idealised kiddy books or cartoons. Animals in general are treated far better than at any other time in human history. These so-called "improvements" will mean only that, once again, those who can afford to buy it will have meat, milk and eggs, while those who can't afford it will be the ones who suffer. Which percent does HSUS fall into? Just some FOOD for thought.
03/14/2013 1:48:52 PM CDT
Artemus says ...
I left a post which was not wholeheartedly and sickeningly in support of this "Barbie-land" idea. As I suspected, it was never posted. Wonder why not?
03/14/2013 1:51:19 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@ARTEMUS - You will see that your original comment was published. Each comment is manually approved and sometimes it takes a bit to get the comments read and approved. Thanks!
03/18/2013 11:10:46 AM CDT
Juli Asbury says ...
I've noticed that turkey and lamb usually aren't rated. Why?
12/02/2013 2:36:17 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JULI - Currently, the 5-Step rating includes all our beef, pork and chicken. Each will be identified with color-coded signs and stickers in the fresh meat and pre-pack cases. When Global Animal Partnership has published standards for other species, we will require those producers to be Step-rated, too. In the meantime, rest assured that we are diligent in making sure the farms and ranches meet our quality standards.
12/02/2013 4:40:15 PM CST

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