Whole Story

The Official Whole Foods Market® Blog

 

312 Comments

Comments

Margaret Horton says ...
You are misleading your clients with this slick article. You have sold out and I will not support you any longer. I will seek out my local organic farmers and producers and make a point of not coming to your store even if it is more convenient for me. Shoot it straight with us and gain back our respect and patronage. Otherwise, you are not too big to fail.
01/27/2011 4:18:04 PM CST
Michael says ...
WTF.. you going to cave? What kinda BS are you trying to sell us? I wont be buying your products or any other company that "co-exists" with GMO's and the poisons they sell, I am starting a Boycott campaign and encouraging others to do the same.!!!
01/27/2011 4:21:49 PM CST
Steve says ...
This is such a sell out. You have SOLD OUT organic farmers. You call for "public oversight by the USDA rather than reliance on the biotechnology industry," even though WFM knows full well that federal regulations on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) do not require pre-market safety testing, nor labeling; and that even federal judges have repeatedly ruled that so-called government "oversight" of Frankencrops such as Monsanto's sugar beets and alfalfa is basically a farce. At the end of its email, WFM admits that its surrender to Monsanto is permanent: "The policy set for GE alfalfa will most likely guide policies for other GE crops as well True coexistence is a must." According to informed sources, the CEOs of WFM and Stonyfield are personal friends of former Iowa governor, now USDA Secretary, Tom Vilsack, and in fact made financial contributions to Vilsack's previous electoral campaigns. Vilsack was hailed as "Governor of the Year" in 2001 by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, and traveled in a Monsanto corporate jet on the campaign trail. Perhaps even more fundamental to Organic Inc.'s abject surrender is the fact that the organic elite has become more and more isolated from the concerns and passions of organic consumers and locavores. The Organic Inc. CEOs are tired of activist pressure, boycotts, and petitions. Several of them have told me this to my face. They apparently believe that the battle against GMOs has been lost, and that it's time to reach for the consolation prize. The consolation prize they seek is a so-called "coexistence" between the biotech Behemoth and the organic community that will lull the public to sleep and greenwash the unpleasant fact that Monsanto's unlabeled and unregulated genetically engineered crops are now spreading their toxic genes on 1/3 of U.S. (and 1/10 of global) crop land. WFM and most of the largest organic companies have deliberately separated themselves from anti-GMO efforts and cut off all funding to campaigns working to label or ban GMOs. The so-called Non-GMO Project, funded by Whole Foods and giant wholesaler United Natural Foods (UNFI) is basically a greenwashing effort (although the 100% organic companies involved in this project seem to be operating in good faith) to show that certified organic foods are basically free from GMOs (we already know this since GMOs are banned in organic production), while failing to focus on so-called "natural" foods, which constitute most of WFM and UNFI's sales and are routinely contaminated with GMOs. From their "business as usual" perspective, successful lawsuits against GMOs filed by public interest groups such as the Center for Food Safety; or noisy attacks on Monsanto by groups like the Organic Consumers Association, create bad publicity, rattle their big customers such as Wal-Mart, Target, Kroger, Costco, Supervalu, Publix and Safeway; and remind consumers that organic crops and foods such as corn, soybeans, and canola are slowly but surely becoming contaminated by Monsanto's GMOs. http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_22449.cfm
01/27/2011 4:23:59 PM CST
Florie says ...
I'm fairly shocked that you consider this option acceptable, Whole Foods. The USDA is willing to "conditionally deregulate [GE alfalfa] by placing certain rules and restrictions on growing GE alfalfa that would minimize or limit contamination of non-GE crops (including organic)" "Minimize or limit contamination?" What a JOKE.
01/27/2011 4:29:25 PM CST
Hilde says ...
This is a cop-out, wholefoods, organic valley, and stoney field farms could and should have bring much more opposition to this issue. How can you go for a partnership on this, a compromise? With the amount of money you charge for your products I need you to fight this tooth and nail. With the intention you tell us you have to bring organic foods to the sotes, you should scream t the top of your lungs and dismiss every deal with monsanto and the FDA. I'm very disappointed.
01/27/2011 4:30:19 PM CST
Hilde says ...
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 So why don't you support the first one. and why in the beginning of your article do you only put the 2 worse options, and then say you have to chose one of those????? The third one absolutely does not make sense because geographic restrictions don;t work, and besides that WE DON;T WANT MONSANTO AND ITS GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS PERIOD....
01/27/2011 4:33:50 PM CST
Robert Smistik says ...
https://mail.google.com/mail/?hl=en&shva=1#inbox/12dc95584d796361 How do you respond to this?
01/27/2011 4:35:03 PM CST
Robert Smistik says ...
Russell Williams- You don't have a clue.
01/27/2011 4:37:40 PM CST
Joe Grafton says ...
You're an embarrassment and burden to all of us trying to really build sustainable local economies.... Way to back a multinational behemoth (just like you, by the way) over the health and well-being of the farmers you claim to care about so much....
01/27/2011 4:37:54 PM CST
Harold Bustamonte says ...
whole foods if you accept GGE foods and have given up on our behalf, accept the fact a lot of us will boycott wholefoods..you represent the community and our health Peace
01/27/2011 4:44:19 PM CST
indosungod says ...
It is probably time to boycott Whole Food Markets! Peaceful coexistence with Monsanto and GE crops? Really? We don't want an organic market for that do we? We have killed off crop diversity and Monsanto's GE contamination is all over the food chain. Whole Foods, Stoney Field Farms, Tom Vilsack shame on all of you. Be forthright and don't mislead the public. It's the least you can do.
01/27/2011 4:49:15 PM CST
Leslie says ...
I am so dissapointed that Whole Foods has decided to surrender to Monsanto. Co-existence between organic and GM foods is impossible! Whole Foods is opening a store in Boise, ID were I reside. As part of my non-GMO campaign, I am going to make sure that anyone who shops there knows that Whole Foods is a traitor to the organic community. BOYCOTT WHOLE FOODS! And spread the word about dangers GM crops and Monsanto. Whole Foods will be punished for selling themselves to the devil! Take action and say NO to CO-EXISTENCE with GMOs!
01/27/2011 4:50:30 PM CST
Florie says ...
It's all over. The USDA has approved it: http://usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=2011%2F01%2F0035.xml
01/27/2011 4:52:41 PM CST
Sue says ...
I am so disappointed in Whole Foods for advocating this. I buy practically all my grocies at your stores. I am planning on definetly curtailing my expenditures at your store and plan on going dairy free -- since Organic Valley also, sold out. My previously sole dairy choice.
01/27/2011 4:53:15 PM CST
Betty Baig says ...
Well, here it is. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Thursday that he would authorize the unrestricted commercial cultivation of genetically modified alfalfa. Mr. Vilsack overlooked a proposal to restrict the growing of genetically engineered alfalfa to protect organic farmers from contamination. Shame of this Tom Vilsack. There is foot and mouth disease and mad cow disease, what will we name the next disease caused by feeding the cows genetically modified alfalfa? Become a vegan. No meat and dairy consumed, no alfalfa sold. By the way, will this genetically modified alfalfa end up in those little sprouts that we get on sandwiches? Something to think about and maybe Mr. Vilsack has not, or, at the scariest, maybe thought of.
01/27/2011 4:53:18 PM CST
K Varszegi says ...
"In a cleverly worded, but profoundly misleading email sent to its customers last week, Whole Foods Market, while proclaiming their support for organics and "seed purity," gave the green light to USDA bureaucrats to approve the "conditional deregulation" of Monsanto's genetically engineered, herbicide-resistant alfalfa. http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_22449.cfm Is this true?
01/27/2011 4:56:03 PM CST
Rick Siegfried says ...
Conditional regulation is a joke. Whole Foods ought to be fighting GE Frankenfoods at every step of the process, not giving in to Monsanto and the USDA in allowing this "food" to be planted anywhere in the world. Whole Foods and their colleagues are willing to go along with the massive planting of a chemical and energy-intensive GE perennial crop, alfalfa; guaranteed to spread its mutant genes and seeds across the nation; guaranteed to contaminate the alfalfa fed to organic animals; guaranteed to lead to massive poisoning of farm workers and destruction of the essential soil food web by the toxic herbicide, Roundup; and guaranteed to produce Roundup-resistant superweeds that will require even more deadly herbicides such as 2,4 D to be sprayed on millions of acres of alfalfa across the U.S. These greedy corporate pigs are sellouts and are lying through their teeth. You should not shop at Whole Foods. Boycott them until they completely oppose genetically-engineered foods.
01/27/2011 4:56:37 PM CST
Jeremy says ...
I too will no longer be shopping at Whole Foods.
01/27/2011 5:08:54 PM CST
Eric says ...
Put a label on it and let me decide. Truth-in-labeling, 'cause I'm the 'decider', GW.
01/27/2011 5:14:24 PM CST
Agata says ...
WF, you folded like a lawn chair. I'm taking my grocery budget (oversized as it is to fit your prices) elsewhere. Your whole fresh meat section in my local store doesn't have A SINGLE organic offering. I'm willing to give premium dollar to the good guys, but truly this is becoming a joke. Hasta la vista
01/27/2011 5:33:12 PM CST
Mary Phillips says ...
Shame on you for sending out this misleading post. As I understand from the Organic Consumer's Association (an organization I trust completely), you gave the green light to USDA bureaucrats to deregulate Monsanto's genetically engineered, herbicide resistant alfalfa, while at the same time spouting anti-GE rhetoric to please your customers. I have been a loyal customer for years -- ever since you came into business. Not so loyal any more.
01/27/2011 6:21:17 PM CST
Mary says ...
Shame on you Whole Foods! Coexsistence. Who is paying you? What a joke.
01/27/2011 6:31:02 PM CST
Sandra. says ...
Whole foods and all supporting the coexistence option SHAME ON YOU! Here are your own words on this blog..."About us Welcome to Whole Story, the official blog of Whole Foods Market. Don’t know us? In a nutshell, we are the world's leading natural and organic grocer and we’re passionate about healthy food and a healthy planet." If that is TRUE then how can you even think to support this..."“coexistence” option is what we are rallying for even though we continue to have reservations about GE crops." Reservations are you serious, that's the best word you can find. Looks like we have to stop supporting you and all those companies whose products you sell if you are taking this stance! I just can't believe you are going this route!
01/27/2011 7:22:17 PM CST
Adam says ...
Do you know how far corn pollen can blow? 500 miles. Unless we get an entire state to be labelled organic, coexistence is not possible, especially for outbreeders such as alfalfa. Contamination of non-GMO varieties in inevitable. I'm very disappointed in the support by Whole Foods of this unviable option. They should have read a biology book first, or consulted a plant breeder.
01/27/2011 7:26:12 PM CST
Robert Smistik says ...
Since Whole Food Market, Organic Valley, and Stoneyfield Farms did not recommend the No Action Alternative, they are part of the problem now instead of the solution and all those involved in this decision should be fired immediately and replaced with those who reflect higher states of health consciousness! Labeling could have been another recommendation to make as part of additional mitigation required. Another thing now that these companies can do is give financial support Organic Consumers Assc. in their forthcoming lawsuit to fight this in Court.
01/27/2011 7:37:48 PM CST

Pages