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Patricia Dzur says ...
Who can one write to help change our government's current policys that encourage over production of corn to feed...lots and other redesigned foods... The Government recognizes the potential monopoly of Google operating inside or outside of author copywrite laws but allows Monsanto to bully small farmers that wash seed out of business. Government Ag policy's may not be in the peoples best interests only big business best interests.
02/18/2010 9:37:17 AM CST
Willene Edgar says ...
I am thankful to know that your store has only meat with no anitbotics. Because of my health problems I am very careful the meat I eat. It stands to reason if a farmer lets his animals be raised without antibiotics he would have a healthier animal. Why give antibiotics to an animal or human when there is nothing wrong health wise with either. Antibiotica are to help cure a problem not create one.
02/18/2010 10:01:39 AM CST
Jennifer W. says ...
:) Do you know when that will be airing this week? I will try to catch it online, and hopefully I remember to look it up again for that news report. I really want to start getting more of the healthier choices, including meat, at health stores. I don't want to have to compromise b/c of price, but sometimes it's hard. It seems like whole chickens are a good start w/o all the antibiotics, etc. I do notice a difference in their size too at the supermarket (crazy), price is a bit higher too, but it's well worth the change. I will be moving to Waco, TX though where you all are not located, but I did look up local farms and I am excited to see that maybe it won't be so bad :)
02/18/2010 11:15:19 AM CST
Debra says ...
Hi--no antibiotics is fine but does that guarantee that the animals are being raised humanely? I'm more concerned about that. They're alreayd donating their lives to us, the least we can do is raise and slaughter them humanely.
02/19/2010 12:03:51 PM CST
Elizabeth says ...
Does this mean there is no sodium nitrate in your meats? Also, I noticed how CLEAN the deli is at Whole Foods store. This is a concern of mine as well. Maintaining cleanliness and concern for food safety. Thanks for setting a high standard - above and beyond what is required by the state health board.
02/20/2010 9:09:47 AM CST
Dee Ohm says ...
We have been buying your meat for some time and think the no antibiotics is great now go the extra mile and give us grass fed animal meat as well. Cows are not intended to be raised on corn and held in tight pens until they are slaughtered. You are doing something worthwhile but it is not all you can do for our health and our planet....Thank you,
02/21/2010 10:44:22 AM CST
Alli says ...
Yes, I am curious about Whole Foods policies regarding humanely raised meat. Does Whole Foods have guidelines about what type of meat they will sell in the store? Do you supply from farms that use humane practices and allow animals to be free-range? It is great to buy veg/grass fed meat with no antibiotics, but if the animals are cooped up in small confines and never see the light of day, I'm not sure I want to eat it. If a package of meat does not say "free range" is it assumed the animals are treated much like in the big factory farms? I am trying to be more conscientious about my purchases.
02/21/2010 11:07:48 AM CST
Susan says ...
You have to read the labels even at Whole Foods very carefully. Free range meats are labeled as such--and they really don't carry that many--and they're EXPENSIVE. The 6 oz. of turkey meat I bought last week ran at $16 a pound. Note that the sign in the meat cases say chickens are "barn roaming." I'm wondering what this means. Are they free to move about in the barn or are they in cages like other big meat producers? If animals are grass-roaming, range-roaming, they have signs by it and you'll pay a lot for it. Otherwise, I'd like more information on how the "barn roaming" animals are raised.
02/21/2010 12:51:17 PM CST
Toby says ...
I'd really appreciate an answer from WF about the humane aspect that so myself and so many others have asked about. Until I know for sure I will NOT buy ANYTHING from Whole Foods. It was days ago that I posted my questions, I thought surely there'd be an answer by now. C'mon WF!!!!
02/23/2010 9:58:33 AM CST
Paul T. Soule says ...
Folks, it's a simple equation that we have strayed from since industrialization and farm subsidies. The sum of the equation is that you must reacquaint yourselves with your local farmers. Go to go to the secondary source (the farmer) they will re-involve you with the primary source of clean, real food - the Sun. This is not as crazy as it sounds, for two reasons. First of all - the only sources of real food are products of the shortest chain between the Sun and your stomach. If you eat foods fresh from the garden that are not exposed to pesticides and herbicides, you have created the healthiest nutritional situation for yourself (the shortest chain). Secondly, the next situation involves the growth of your meat. Eat Ruminant. Ruminants are 4 stomach animals that are genetically and physiologically designed to digest grasses (not corn). Cattle, goats, sheep, buffalo and deer are all examples of Ruminants. Sure, eating chicken and pork is great, if they are fed a diet that is consistent with their natural biological needs and of equal or greater importance – is their living and processing conditions. Almost all of these animals that are available through conventional sources are raised in CAFO’s (concentrated animal feed operations). Regardless of whether these animals are fed organically or not - the animals are unclean with a high probability of being unhealthy (by way of living conditions, slaughter and further processing). The condition of individual meat producing animals can be deplorable in ways that are not measured by regulatory agencies, which brings me to my next point. The process, the entire process has to be holistic – from the soil that grows the grasses and vegetables to the dinner table. No matter how pure or pristine the raw materials are . . . you simply can not expose true quality to an inferior or tainted processing and distribution system. At very best this system jeopardizes the quality of the finished product, and at worst – has become completely tainted that which is processed. The viewpoints that I’ve shared are not from a purely philosophical perspective . . . I farm . . not monoculture . . . I raise animals, fruits and vegetables – for people who have come to expect more from their food. I grow it to produce qualities that they can not find from conventional food source. We have a free flowing exchange of my commitment . . . and their involvement. Which brings us back to my original point, the most important step that anyone can take is to - get involved, please involve yourself with food that does not have a bar code. Get to know your farmers and let them know in no uncertain terms that if they grow food with integrity - you will buy it from them. This insures the future of clean, identifiable food sources, that employ sustainable agricultural practices. All the best. Paul ptsoule461@sbcglobal.net
02/24/2010 4:21:57 PM CST
brian white says ...
Can I get grass-fed bison at whole foods? Thanks, Brian
03/02/2010 2:31:07 PM CST
vaughnm says ...
Our product selection varies from store to store, so please check in with your local store directly. Thanks! http://bit.ly/allstore
04/01/2010 10:08:22 AM CDT
vaughnm says ...
There is no sodium nitrate in our meats; it is an unacceptable ingredient to our quality standards. Thanks for compliments on our cleanliness; we'll strive to keep it that way!
02/20/2010 10:00:54 AM CST
vaughnm says ...
@Susan, There is currently no clear regulatory definition of terms such as “free range” and "barn roaming". We expect our suppliers who use these types of claims on their products to use a reasonable definition and we expect the claims to be truthful. We understand that many of our shoppers seek products raised under more clearly defined conditions, and we encourage those shoppers to choose organic. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Standards, all organic livestock are required to have access to the outdoors, shade, shelter, exercise areas, fresh air, and direct sunlight suitable to the species, the climate, and the environment. All organic producers are certified by a USDA-accredited certifying agent. To learn more about meat and poultry labeling terms please visit: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/Meat_and_Poultry_Labeling_Terms.pdf Thanks!
02/21/2010 1:00:56 PM CST
DaveRussell says ...
This is all well and good but we, the Whole Foods shopper, place tremendous faith in Whole Foods keeping vigilant continually verifying that their suppliers/farmers/ranchers stay honest. For these suppliers to follow Whole Foods guidelines is significant [added] effort compared to the non-organic easy-money way, and knowing human nature the temptation for easy money at less effort is great. I pay the added price for the Whole Foods assurance, and if that assurance falters I cannot in return assure Whole Foods my continued patronage. I realize that this is a bit of an affront and I apologize, but sometimes it is best to risk offending in order to preempt complacency and thus avoid what is a real possibility. Thanks
09/14/2010 10:38:26 AM CDT
Sharrann Simmons says ...
Dear whole Foods, One of the comments on your meat article refers to CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) as being "one of those EVIL saturated fats!"(posted by "RC the radical chicken" - Feb 2010). This is just not true... CLA is naturally found in ruminant animals (i.e. cows, goats) and full fat dairy products. Unlike many "bad" fats (think trans fats), CLA is definitely one of the "good" fats. There are over 18 human clinical trials showing the benfits of CLA in healthy body composition and reducing body fat. CLA has achieved the status of GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) from the FDA, which confirms the safety of this ingredient. Whole Foods is on the right track is focusing on grass-fed cows, since grass feeding actually produces more CLA, which is better for the cow and for humans. Also, Whole Foods has chosen to market CLA as a dietary supplement under several different brands, typically as an oil in a softgel. Best Regards, Sharrann Simmnons
11/15/2010 2:14:43 PM CST
Anna says ...
I prefer to buy organic grass-fed beef and bison and free range chicken from Whole Foods because I do NOT trust Tyson, Perdue, etc. They are part of the factory farming problem, and are probably adding arsenic to chicken feed, pumping animals with steroids, growth hormomes, etc., even if the label says "anti-biotic-free". I was recently diagnosed as hypothyroid,and must avoid non-organic, non-grass fed products as the drugs and gmo feed given to the animals are potent endocrine (thyroid) disrupters. I applaud WHole Foods for offering such options. Also, not everyone thrives on a vegetarian or vegan diet. I didn't eat meat for years, had plenty of veggies, fruits, grains and green juices and smoothies, yet I was always sickly. Turns out that raw cruciferous veggies suppress the thyroid gland, and I have allergies to most grains. I am thankful that Whole Foods offers a wide variety of organic and GMO foods to accomodate all diets, whether vegatarian, vegan or omnivore.
02/15/2011 6:57:37 PM CST
justin drew bieber says ...
i think w eneed whole grain foods r very important tody in this sick world
03/30/2011 5:43:23 PM CDT
Donna says ...
I love your store. My husband and I have recently discovered Bison meat. It is healthy for you and even tastier than beef. We come to Whole Foods to buy it. Can you tell me what supplier you use? I would like to look them up to feel 100 percent sure of it's origin.
03/31/2011 2:58:44 PM CDT
bepkom says ...
@Donna: Our suppliers are different throughout the country. Please ask a Team Member behind the meat counter at the store where you shop. Thanks!
03/31/2011 4:31:23 PM CDT
sarah says ...
I loved your article and was just wondering;Is all the meat Whole Foods sells antibiotics free or just the organic meat?
06/24/2011 5:23:59 PM CDT
Bobby Hawley says ...
Our standards for meat are no added hormones* and no antibiotics. We believe in great-tasting meat from healthy animals. You can learn more about our meat by clicking here: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/meat/ *Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in raising pork, poultry, goat, veal and bison.
06/27/2011 2:36:08 PM CDT
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09/11/2011 9:30:47 PM CDT
Mom of five says ...
Lets see it is now 2012 and it has new superbug from antibiotics in chickens causing bladder infections that are antibiotic resistant. I glad I have been buying whole foods chicken for five years and to me it is work the extra. My son is almost five he just had his fist cold I refused antibiotics he has never had them and and he is healthier for it he had a sore throat fever but I gave him makuna honey, pineapple, coconut milk and apples tylenol and he is better and antibiotic free. breastfeed him til he was three only at bedtime after two. He has a great immune system. My chop peditrician has never seen a child go this long without a cold. stick with natural god gave us everything we need in natural food etc. breast cancer and leukemia drugs come from the rainforest. just look around we dont need all these big pharmaceauticals push on us.
07/12/2012 1:53:29 PM CDT
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08/15/2012 11:51:26 AM CDT

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