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diana van auken says ...
have taken action through the organic consumers association site where you can take action on so many issues as this one.
01/21/2011 3:35:16 PM CST
Dionne says ...
Here is what I sent my Congressman...if you don't think you have time to write to yours, but you agree with me, please feel free to cut and paste: Regarding the USDA's Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) of Monsanto’s genetically engineered Roundup Ready Alfalfa, I beseech you to support Americans' right to choose what kind of food we eat. Genetically modified seeds should NOT be allowed to be planted indiscriminately. There are so many documented hazards associated with GE foods, and many more as yet unknown. Here is a site with link to a host of reports from the FDA on the matter: http://biointegrity.org/list.html The practice of manipulating the DNA of plants and organisms is reaching an alarming level. Most recently there are reports of scientists infusing the DNA of strawberries with the genes of Arctic fish so that the fruit will resist freezes! This is absurd. This is unhealthy. This is an affront to nature and the Creator. No matter what your stance on the scientific merit of DNA modification of our food, you MUST stand up for the right of Americans to decide for themselves whether they want to eat this mutant food. YOU MUST. You MUST stand up against the will of Monsanto, for the benefit of us all. Farmers must be allowed to grow natural and organic food as nature intended. If GE/GMO foods are to exist, then COEXISTENCE with natural and organic options is the only viable answer. (Although ideally, you and your colleagues would put a halt to the growth of modified plants and animals all together.) Please stand up for the health and freedom of Americans by voting AGAINST the complete deregulation of GE alfalfa and other modified foods. Thank you. ------- Stand UP. Be heard.
01/21/2011 4:41:59 PM CST
Phyllis Maureen says ...
I Say NO to GMO. Period. As much as I love corn on the cob, papayas, etc. I'm afraid to eat them anymore. Scared. Ban GMO's Period
01/21/2011 4:49:54 PM CST
debbie Jumatate says ...
This is preposterous! We shall have the right to decide if we are to consume chemicals, hormones, and poisons in/on our foods.
01/21/2011 4:50:26 PM CST
Deborah Waddell says ...
As an American Citizen, I and everyone else in this country should have the unalienable right to decide what I/we put into our bodies. Give people the choice and based on that choice see what the people choose and then go from there! The White House has an organic garden, if they won't eat GE foods why we the rest of the country be forced to eat it because it's not labeled. I only buy organic and eat a plant based diet, but some people can't do that, so at least give them the choice by labeling things that are genetically alter and give people the choice. I thought that was what this country is based on, the Freedom to choose.
01/23/2011 6:48:08 AM CST
margie lisiecki says ...
I support organically grown produce/food and non-GE crops. Please consider the health of our children and grand children.
01/23/2011 11:03:22 AM CST
Kim says ...
Whole Foods is apparently part of this Scam! It is true, they sell GMO's in their store. So think logically. Why else would they want all of us to cry out and vote coexistence? What Beth Braun said is true. So definatly call all all these agencies but tell them you are against all GMO's! And you will settle for nothing else! No coexistence!!!!
01/23/2011 11:38:54 AM CST
Pam L-N says ...
I am VERY skeptical about Vilsack's 'co-existence' proposal -- I don't believe GMO alfalfa can be contained once the genie is out of the bottle. I think Monsanto is banking on this (quite literally). We need to be VERY CLEAR about our DEMAND that organic and non-GMO foods must absolutely be safeguarded!!!
01/24/2011 3:35:18 PM CST
George Kalogridis says ...
Coexistence to assure organic farmers receive compensation for Genetic Drift from GMO's is not necessary in light of the recent Del Cabo court ruling: http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/opinions/documents/H033718.PDF The court upheld; what is staid law, that the polluter pays. In the Del Cabo ruling it was pesticide drift that caused financial losses. Pollen drift is no different than pesticides; if an organic farmer is harmed by GMO's they have legal recourse. USDA is a cheerleader for GMO's, the only reason they want a coexistence agreement is that the courts are now ruling against USDA and GMO's. In the GMO sugar beet trial the judge found that USDA did not follow their own approval procedures before approving GMO sugar beets, which is why he ruled the GMO seeds had to be removed from the fields in which they were planted. http://www.naturalnews.com/030637_GMO_sugar_beets.html USDA coexistence deal is offering organic farmers legal rights and remedies that the courts have already upheld.
01/24/2011 5:53:35 PM CST
Lottie M. Sanders says ...
Americans should have the 'Rights' to select the type and kinds of food they have to purchase. The USA should ban genetically altered foods.
01/24/2011 7:14:51 PM CST
Jeannette says ...
Why doesn't Whole Foods stay strong and pressure with other groups USDA to make the option not to deregulate alfalfa available??? There are plenty of facts, there are plenty of people comitted to non-gmo. we need whole food advocating it all the way through!!!! not stopping because you won't sit at that table. there are so many whole foods community - that would support whole foods it it would make a clear stand against it. the decision by whole foods feels like a let down.
03/11/2011 12:02:15 PM CST
Linda says ...
I say vote NO to GE/GMO crops at all. This is going to keep coming up, and they will keep inching toward deregulation if we don't stand firm. If we give any now, it puts them one step closer to deregulation.
01/25/2011 8:43:47 AM CST
Marianne Maunsell says ...
I am so sorry to hear that Wholefoods have decided that GM foods are ok and will be sold (unlabelled!!) in their shops. I'm sorry because it means I can no longer shop with you, thank God for Trader Joe's (they should do well out of this) and smaller organic retailers.
03/12/2011 3:20:52 AM CST
Marianne Maunsell says ...
so wholefoods I think I understand where your coming from, but I'm not sure if it's the right way. So my question to you is what's next? what can we do together, to stop the spread of GM crops, to safeguard our supply of uncontaminated seeds and to destroy seeds that get cross contaminated where the genetically produced product is destroyed and the company that owns them have to compensate the farmers What can we all do now to safeguard organic seeds and our planet
03/12/2011 3:33:50 AM CST
Maria says ...
WFM has SOLD OUT!!! This is a sleazy sell-out & I have *no idea* why WFM would be essentially endorsing an option that is a giveaway to GE companies!!! There are 3 options & the one WFM is advocating is NOT supported by science as realistic. It is is a fool-you option that pretends to be opposing GE, while allowing it. There is 1 of 3 options that actually stands firmly against GE crops. the option that would *actually* oppose GE crops is #1 on the list of USDA proposals below: ************************************************************** USDA proposes three options for planting GE alfalfa: 1. Do not deregulate GE alfalfa and prohibit commercial planting 2. Fully deregulate and allow planting everywhere without restrictions 3. Deregulate with geographic restrictions and isolation distances, among other measures *************************************************************** The Center for Food Safety has a website that is true to the cause and lets you know that there is a *true* option that opposes GE. SHAME ON WFM for trying to fool us!!!
01/26/2011 2:55:07 AM CST
Julius Gordon says ...
Our family used to feel safe shopping at Whole Foods. No longer. We will now be looking to local suppliers - organic, of course - who we know we can trust. Whole Foods need to give a real explanation - not a self-serving argument like "FDA has indicated it will not pursue full regulation/non-production, therefore we have no choice but to support conditional regulation?!" How about this analogy: The Department of Defense will not allow full withdrawal of troops from Iraq or Afghanistan, therefore we (peace activists) have no choice but to suck it up and support "partial withdrawal"? Whole Foods has already challenged my conscience on issues like Israel-Palestine and national halth care. No more. Farewell, Whole Foods.
01/27/2011 8:40:35 PM CST
Regina says ...
I am outraged that my favorite store in which I have been spending tons of money makes a deal with monsanto, knowing that these GMO crops will contaminate organic ones until no organic crops will exist anymore. You are putting profit above moral decisions. Needless to say that I will never buy anything anymore from your store, and I will everybody I know advise to do the same. Shame on you. You also will have to pay the price for it one day.
01/27/2011 9:36:03 PM CST
jim says ...
I would like to know why all your so called natural products contain GMO engineered ingredients.
01/27/2011 9:54:28 PM CST
Tamara says ...
This is outrageous!!! Co-existence!!!???? After agreeing in this letter that contamination of organic and other non-GM crops will result from GMO seeds you are suggesting this policy of ‘coexistence'. Well, all I can do is tell the world NOT to shop at Whole Foods anymore, nor will I!!! Sellouts!!!!
01/27/2011 10:08:09 PM CST
Mary Morris says ...
Despite the true pain and disillusionment that now I have to give up BOTH Whole Foods AND Organic Valley (abandoned Stonyfield years ago), I just have to say that reading these posts by the rest of you has made my day! THANK YOU for being sensible, thoughtful consumers willing to sacrifice in order to keep GMOs off your menus!
01/27/2011 10:09:00 PM CST
Gayle Vance says ...
I just read that 2/3 of Whole Foods products are "natural," not organic, and that they contain GMOs. If this is true, I cannot continue shopping at your stores. Please comment.
01/27/2011 11:03:05 PM CST
Helene says ...
This is embarrassing! As an employee of WFM, I have to say that this is humiliating. I've questioned my trust in the company for some time but this is the icing on the cake. I no longer believe in the values of the company. Sad.
01/28/2011 12:18:58 AM CST
Dee says ...
Just another reason for my continued boycott of Whole Foods. I'm in awe of how you use "language" to make the bitter sound so sweet. Do you think we're all stupid?
01/28/2011 3:56:54 AM CST
Andrea Johnson says ...
Your organization DISGUSTS ME for selling out!!! I have posted the article about your support of GMOs on my facebook page AND my extensive email list. The word is spreading! So pleased to see so many people screaming about your support of Genetically Modified Foods!!!! LIARS!
01/28/2011 8:15:27 AM CST
Daniela Kunz says ...
Dear Sir or Madam, I do NOT support any type of COEXISTENCE with GMO's or GE's or any hint of that kind of stuff. I want Mother Nature's products - unaltered and unbiased - and 100% organic - as God intended for us. I am appalled that you would even consider to accept "limited and regulated coexistence". There is no such thing. I want to see you regress from supporting GE planting - as otherwise I will have to find other sources to get to the products I used to buy from your stores. I have been a very good customer of Whole Foods for 14 years. It deeply concerns and disturbs me to read what you are writing and promoting.
01/28/2011 8:46:25 AM CST

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