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Laura says ...
I believe that you are sleeping with the enemy. The only way to go with this is the “Truth in Labeling” campaign. I wonder how many of your so-called natural products would eventually be pulled off the shelves if Whole Foods had to truthfully label the ingredients in all its products. I am extremely disappointed by your decision to co-exist with GE foods. This is about your bottom line. You show little care for the small organic farmer, the organic consumer or the health of the planet. Shame on you, Whole Foods.
02/01/2011 9:26:55 PM CST
ramsey affifi says ...
By setting up the issue as though Whole Foods is forced to decide between complete or partial deregulation, Whole Foods is acting dishonestly. Whole Foods could state clearly and confidently to the USDA that the business calls for nothing less than a complete ban of GMO alfalfa. What is preventing Whole Foods from making this claim? Could it be the fact that Whole Foods company products that are not organic themselves have GMO ingredients? Could it be that Whole Foods is misleading us again? Why wouldn't Whole Foods ask for nothing less than a complete ban of this unethical, unsustainable technology?
02/02/2011 8:14:52 PM CST
Marie Crawford says ...
Issue: Our food supply I am bewildered and deeply concerned about the USDA and President Obama's recent decision to fully deregulate GE Alfalfa. It would help me to know what steps you are taking to protect our food supply from GMO contaminants and what your response is to this specific decision. GMO crops are the future of food pollution. In the almost twenty years that I have shopped at Whole Foods, I have spent over $100,000 in your stores. That is worth something. You have a lot of power and influence! Do more! Marie
02/04/2011 7:31:12 AM CST
Bill says ...
They roll us a little at a time, nudge a little here, take a little there, and before you know it we are on the wrong side of truth. Trying to live with GMO is like playing Roulette with a loaded pistol, we know that at some point, sooner or later, we loose. and, then they do us another favor and sell us the latest in specialty bandages for fatal head wounds. The GMO crops are just more "invented" commerce that is designed to siphon control from the people to the banker cabal. This is old history. For answers we could look to the youth of Egypt. Non-violent, but also non-wavering in their demand for the rights that are 'naturally' theirs. WFM is old history. John Mackey is a capitalist. Always has been, always will be. He is just doing what he knows how to do, i.e. business as usual, bottom line is what counts for him. Check out John's attitude towards unions and protecting workers rights. SO, vote and act with your feet and your Federal Reserve Notes. Start a home garden. Enroll your neighbors in developing and sharing your front and back yards as community gardens. Don't sit around waiting for a government benefit or privilege, create and control your own community.
02/04/2011 12:04:01 PM CST
Michelle Stright-Foto says ...
Americans should have the right to choose what kind of food they consume. Many other countries have banned genetically altered foods and the US should do the same if it cares about the health of Americans, especially our children and future children.
01/20/2011 4:43:45 PM CST
Carole says ...
Good old Monsanto.
01/20/2011 6:21:09 PM CST
Kathy Potter says ...
I have been researching GMO foods read through the papers on the "say no to gmo website" and find the affects on the digestive tract interesting. I was born in 1964. I had digestive tract issues when I was a child at about age 11. I ended up having a colon resection at age 11. I read my medical records and my intestines had lesions which I find interesting that I had lesions at such a young age. I had multiple intestinal surgeries throughout my lifetime and tumors in my female organs. There is no history of such issues in my family going back as far as the early 1900's. I wasn't able to obviously ask relatives that were born before the 1900's. I am able to maintain a functional life without medication but I am an avid exerciser. I have never been able to have children and I had a hysterectomy at 17 so I have no children to pass this on to or evaluate their health as they grow to compare. My doctors have never been able to explain why this has happened to me so I am still at a loss what caused all of this trauma in my life. I know I can't say absolutely that these types of foods caused these issues however knowing that agriculture had changed during the times I grew up gives me something to think about.
01/20/2011 7:00:44 PM CST
Priscilla Hoke says ...
Food and Drug Administration scratch each others backs. Our food is poisoned so that we need drugs to give us false hope of a full recovery.
01/20/2011 7:06:59 PM CST
Malisa says ...
I have expressed my concerns with my Congress Woman and the USDA so far. I will make a call to the White House tomarrow. i hope our voices are heard to all who care of this issue. Thank you for posting this. I am so glad to be able to put myu words in to help. Malisa
01/20/2011 11:06:04 PM CST
Kim Frazier says ...
Please for the Health of our Nation. We deserve to have the right to have the choice NOT to have our food Contaminated by the choice of others (The Government). We are not science Experiments but that is how we are looked at as. We are like lab rats and we are loosing choices with our food and how we get medical help. When you try to tell people what is happening family members think your talking nonsense cause we have no training in foods or medical but if there was more people to bring these matters to the news media it seems then they would believe it. So stand up for your Health and the Health and well being of your families.
01/21/2011 1:48:14 PM CST
Virginia Pearcy says ...
I am disappointed in WholeFoods' misleading information asking us to support coexistence. Because of the viral nature of GMOs, there can never be coexistence with organic and non-gmo food crops. See more information located at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ronnie-cummins/usda-recommends-coexisten_b_800295.html. Anyone who cares about being able to buy organic produce should NOT support coexistence. They should demand that the USDA REGULATE GMOs.
01/21/2011 3:05:28 PM CST
Chad Ryan says ...
Supporting GMO is not in the best interest of organic farming. Coexistence is how Monsanto killed many seed storing farmers saying Monsanto's seed blew into their fields and got into the seed stores of farmers and they sued the farmers to shut them down. This has happened to to over 200,000 farmers across the US alone. You can't be serious Whole Foods and aligning with Monsanto and legitimizing GMO??? CO-existence with Monsanto whose proven not to care about the farmer in favor of the almighty buck, who can Whole Foods whose base is the organic food movement in any way align with Genetically Modified Foods? I for one will not support Whole Foods if they align with Monsanto and say co-existence is a valid option for organic farming. Did you know Monsanto has bought one of the largest seed stores for organic seeds? Think about it.
01/21/2011 3:11:12 PM CST
Anne Putnam says ...
Those who support a full ban on Monsanto's GE alfalfa rather than the compromise "coexistence" that Whole Foods supports can go to the following site to sign a petition: http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/kiss_your_organics_goodbye/ The Food Democracy Now petition states: "The USDA must immediately ban Monsanto's GMO alfalfa from the market and work to ensure that the organic industry is protected from genetic contamination and loss of profits and stand up for the basic rights for Americans to know what is in their food and how it's produced."
01/21/2011 3:26:26 PM CST
diana says ...
have taken action through the organic consumers association site where you can take action on so many issues as this one.Please do not include my last name here.
01/21/2011 3:37:11 PM CST
emilia gonzales says ...
Stop altering our food,We dont want genetically altered foods,They wonder why diabities and other illness are becomng more alarming,We have a right to know what we eat.Let our aniamals eat the right food so we eat good foods.I support Organics and non -GE Crops.....
01/21/2011 3:37:34 PM CST
Rachel says ...
I say NO to crappy coexistence. Get rid of these GMO's!! They are hurting our health and many people cannot afford organic. If you call, make your call count and say get rid of all GMO's!! REJECT GMO alfalfa!! Watch "Food Inc" and "The Future of Food" to get an understanding about what exactly is going on in the world of food. I'm surprised WF would take a mediocre stance on this subject!! Animals that have been fed soy are coming up completely sterile by the 3 generation. We are next people!! Google it, you can find out for yourself. There was a study done on hamsters for starters. Good health to all!! Blessings, Rachel
01/21/2011 3:59:24 PM CST
Bev Baker says ...
I do NOT agree with co-existence. NON EXISTENCE of GM Alfalfa is the only option. Studies have shown that the pollen from these GM crops can blow for miles. Organic farms are not safe when we allow GM Alfalfa into the environment, anytime, anywhere. I hope that Whole Foods and the other posters on this article will change their minds and tell Secretary Vislack that we don't want GM Alfalfa without long term, total animal and human studies by an unbiased third party (and not one that the USDA or the biotech firms choose or one that has any ties to any agency of government or Congressman). How about we get Arpad Pusztai to do the study?! Please read the article by Jeffrey M. Smith on the herbicide RoundUp, and near the end of the article are a few paragraphs about GE Alfalfa. NO CO-EXISTENCE! http://www.responsibletechnology.org/blog/664
01/21/2011 4:01:03 PM CST
Susan Harrison says ...
I do not see any reason to compromise. I want a full ban on genetically modified foods! Where do we draw the line?
01/21/2011 4:03:32 PM CST
Terri says ...
Sorry, but I have a zero-tolerance for GMO's. Coexistence? The USDA says full regulation is not an option? No wonder considering all the pro-biotech people on the board. Still, do we just settle for that, or does WF use it's considerable influence to fully inform the public and to urge full regulation? A loud enough outcry and they might have to take it seriously - or if not, at least then take the second best option. But at least they will know now strongly consumers are against it. I applaud the three issues you believe coexistence should include, but what makes you think the USDA would adopt them? Personally, I'm not betting on it. And, say this coexistence actually worked (though I believe Roundup-Ready anything and Monsanto should be banned from the planet!), how would consumers know which were GMO free unless they buy organic? I do, but not everyone can or does. Will they be allowing labeling now? I love WF and I respect your thought on this, but there are some things that we should not coexist with. If anyone would like to take a stronger stance, please also visit the Institute For Responsible Technology's website. There is an action alert where you can send a letter to Secretary Visack, plus a lot more information and ways to take meaningful action against GMO's. http://action.responsibletechnology.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5161
01/21/2011 4:10:40 PM CST
Terri says ...
Sorry. Apparently I was posting while Bev Baker was. I could have said - um, what Bev said. :)
01/21/2011 4:15:28 PM CST
debbie says ...
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01/21/2011 4:45:13 PM CST
Sandy says ...
So then Send them an email i did. Send Many. There are lots of petitions already online at the petition site.org
01/21/2011 4:59:52 PM CST
Chris Howard says ...
I agree that GE crops should be stopped completely, but in the real world, I guess all that we can hope for is some middle ground. The thing that really gets me is, they are so worried about the extra weight that we might carry, the life-style we live, the amount of exercise we get, but they have no problem with the quality of the broccoli we eat, as long as we eat it. Faster, cheaper, more profitable is where their hearts are, not healthier or sustainable practices- they take too much time... money...
01/21/2011 5:00:00 PM CST
Deanna Meske says ...
HI, if you could type up a short form letter so we can paste it into the form on www.congress.org, that would be much easier and more people would reach out and do the emailing and calling. We have to Keep It Simple so others can speak out. Thanks, Deanna
01/21/2011 5:21:01 PM CST
Carolyn says ...
Just wrote to my congressman. Thank you for the alert.
01/21/2011 5:23:12 PM CST

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