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Dominique says ...
So...WHY did WHOLE FOODS MARKET surrender? Can you explain that please? http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_22449.cfm AND what do you have to say to this comment within the article: "Approximately 2/3 of the products sold by Whole Foods Market and their main distributor, United Natural Foods (UNFI) are not certified organic, but rather are conventional (chemical-intensive and GMO-tainted) foods and products disguised as "natural." Unprecedented wholesale and retail control of the organic marketplace by UNFI and Whole Foods, employing a business model of selling twice as much so-called "natural" food as certified organic food, coupled with the takeover of many organic companies by multinational food corporations such as Dean Foods, threatens the growth of the organic movement. Covering Up GMO Contamination: Perpetrating "Natural" Fraud Many well-meaning consumers are confused about the difference between conventional products marketed as "natural," and those nutritionally/environmentally superior and climate-friendly products that are "certified organic." Retail stores like WFM and wholesale distributors like UNFI have failed to educate their customers about the qualitative difference between natural and certified organic, conveniently glossing over the fact that nearly all of the processed "natural" foods and products they sell contain GMOs, or else come from a "natural" supply chain where animals are force-fed GMO grains in factory farms or Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). A troubling trend in organics today is the calculated shift on the part of certain large formerly organic brands from certified organic ingredients and products to so-called "natural" ingredients. With the exception of the "grass-fed and grass-finished" meat sector, most "natural" meat, dairy, and eggs are coming from animals reared on GMO grains and drugs, and confined, entirely, or for a good portion of their lives, in CAFOs. " Why in the heck would WHOLE FOODS do this? For those of you buying into this email, You can go here and sign the petition. To pressure Whole Foods Market and the nation's largest supermarket chains to voluntarily adopt truth-in-labeling practices sign here, and circulate this petition widely: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_22309.cfm
01/27/2011 8:11:35 PM CST
Leah says ...
Grow some balls you pansies! >:o(
01/27/2011 8:17:21 PM CST
Duncan Wright says ...
I am saddened that Whole Foods and a small group of powerful "health-food" stores have joined together to support Sec of Agriculture Tom Vilsack's plan for "coexistence" with Monsanto and the Bio-tech food industry. If we choose NOT to co-exist with Monsanto, they will be driven out by the market. The market is wising up, and the market is turning against Monsanto pretty rapidly. 93% of consumers want GMOs to be labeled. And yet Whole Foods chooses "coexistence". Why? I'll tell you... because Whole Foods, which sells many many "natural" (non-organic) foods, is making billions off of packaged foods stuffed with Monsanto crops such as soy, corn, canola, sugarbeet, cottonseed oil. Secondly, Whole Foods benefits from the fears of a GMO dominated agribusiness, which sends scared consumers running through the doors of a "health-food" store like Whole Foods. The truth is they are being sold the same old GMOs in green packaging. YES, write to USDA, but tell them "no to co-existence with the bio-tech industry". Do you want your grandchildren to be able to reproduce? Think about the unknown development of new cancers and pathogens suggested by scientist Arpad Pusztai before he was silenced in a massive shout-down following calls from Monsanto to Clinton to Tony Blair to Pusztai's employers, the Rowett Research Institute in 1998. This was all revealed in the UK newspaper, The Daily Mail in 2003. Think about it!
01/27/2011 8:22:34 PM CST
Dee Nasto says ...
I did not take any action on your e-mail. Do not believe that you can coexist with Monsanto.
01/27/2011 8:27:58 PM 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
jaydizzle says ...
Just stay as local as possible and READ YOUR LABELS! Here's a great article.. long, but REALLY informative on GMO's! http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_22449.cfm Peace and love!
01/27/2011 8:46:41 PM CST
Sarah says ...
I did not take any action on your e-mail. Do not believe that you can coexist with Monsanto.
01/27/2011 8:47:34 PM CST
Emily says ...
After having seen Food Inc. and the Future of Food, as well as researched the subject for hours on end, I am strongly committed to organic, non-GMO, and non-factory farmed food. I have NEVER sent a mass email to everyone in my address book until i received the one from Whole Foods, as I was distraught over the idea of no longer having organic farms and food as an option. However, even i was writing the USDA, Rush Holt (my congressman) and calling the White House, I was dismayed that I had to say "coexistence," when really I didn't want GM alfalfa at all. Especially because it's fed to cattle and also because of the colony collapse disorder (of the bees). But, Whole Foods (where i almost exclusively shop and whose stock I own) presented it as the best option. THEN, i received the below email from the Organic Consumers Association calling Whole Foods a "sell-out." I'm unhappy I sent this to so many people calling for action and would LOVE someone from whole foods to respond to the below: "Organic Elite Surrenders to Monsanto" by Ronnie Cummins "The policy set for GE alfalfa will most likely guide policies for other GE crops as well. True coexistence is a must." - Whole Foods Market, Jan. 21, 2011 In the wake of a 12-year battle to keep Monsanto's Genetically Engineered (GE) crops from contaminating the nation's 25,000 organic farms and ranches, America's organic consumers and producers are facing betrayal. A self-appointed cabal of the Organic Elite, spearheaded by Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley, and Stonyfield Farm, has decided it's time to surrender to Monsanto. Top executives from these companies have publicly admitted that they no longer oppose the mass commercialization of GE crops, such as Monsanto's controversial Roundup Ready alfalfa, and are prepared to sit down and cut a deal for "coexistence" with Monsanto and USDA biotech cheerleader Tom Vilsack. Please explain...thank you.
01/27/2011 8:50:28 PM CST
Melissa says ...
Sad to say, but I can't support this decision. Giving in is not the answer. You should be answering to your customers instead, which do not want GMO food. There's no way to co-exist with patented seed. Our health, soil, food, crops, etc. are at risk from this infiltration. Not to mention the farmers who are constantly getting harassed already for having "patented" seed on their land. Monsanto is evil and is backed by the most evil corporate heads alive. There's really no point in going out of my way to buy your "organic" products anymore. I will no longer be shopping at your stores.
01/27/2011 8:56:08 PM CST
LWR says ...
BETRAYED. Either someone had their life threatened by the Gestapo known as "Monsanto" or someone's getting a nice fat paycheck under the table. I'm going to guess: SELLOUTS.
01/27/2011 9:01:47 PM CST
Hiltrud Jones says ...
Coexistance? Impossible (google GM canola)!!! Nice deal - Monsanto & Co get even more control over the world's food supply, farmers are getting compensation for the increased health risk. May I ask where the consumer is standing??? We are the ones who have to eat these Frankencrops or the animals fed with them. Where is your common sense? Has it become reality so soon that Monsanto & Co are dictating what we are eating and what not? GM Alfalfa release (and subsequent increase in Roundup use)despite newest scientific evidence showing that glyphosate does NOT leave the soil clean but is hanging around for years, causing SDS (sudden death synrom) in follow-up crops. Who could be so stupid to believe that coexistance is possible? There are plenty of examples. Mexico refused GM corn but yet they have Frankencorn crosspollinating their heirloom species. Canada lost most of their organic canola after GM canola was introduced, and almost a thousand farmers filed class action suit against Monsanto & Bayer for their losses. The plaintiffs state that the defendants "knew, or ought to have known, that their canola would spread adventitiously". Canadian farmers are losing millions of dollars by not being able to sell their contaminated crops. They are paying up now for believing in GM heaven. Europe is still steadfast but under constant bombardement of Monsanto (have we read the cable on WikiLeaks, in which the US Ambassador in France planned ‘retaliation’ against France and the EU over a ban on Monsanto's GMO Corn?). I hope Europe stays steadfast and true in the protection of their citizens' rights to clean water and food! US consumers are involuntarily in the greatest field study EVER conducted. Has anybody thought about what will happen when all organic crops are finally contaminated, all major food crops are solely GM crops, and suddenly one ore more of these major crops fail(yes, that happens to GM crops too!)? Brave new world!!!
01/27/2011 9:29:20 PM CST
Sickened says ...
What a disgrace. "Whole Paycheck", you have lost my business for this. Monsanto is pure evil and we won't stand by your "coexistence" with them.
01/27/2011 9:31:23 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
Mary Morris says ...
I am deeply disturbed by this decision on the part of Whole Foods. Nothing could go further toward supporting Monsanto's GE crops than the leading organic grocer in the United States publicly supporting, AND ASKING US, YOUR LOYAL CUSTOMERS, to support the deregulation of this product. I can no longer shop Whole Foods unless this terrible decision is reversed; you have not simply lost my faith and trust, you have fully betrayed it.
01/27/2011 9:53:01 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
M says ...
I am incredibly disappointed with Whole Foods Market. I already had concerns about shopping there, but this is just pathetic. Whole Foods has more power than any co-op, farmer's market, or individual, and they are bowing down to pressure, likely impart because they already carry alot of foods that contain GMO's, etc.. This just proves to me that Whole Foods is a corporation just like any other...ultimately looking out for it's own interests.
01/27/2011 10:14:48 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
Matthew says ...
Whole Foods: "So, faced with the choice between full deregulation of GE alfalfa or conditional deregulation of it, our best chance at preserving seed purity, and the future of organic and non-GE agriculture now is to fight for every protection available under the USDA’s conditional deregulation coexistence option." Baloney! You are holding the door open for Monsanto and others with this equivocation and I have to believe you know it. "Conditional deregulation" is a wink-wink-nudge-nudge to Monsanto to let them know you will leave the door unlocked at night.
01/27/2011 11:24:29 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
Clint Summer says ...
We are totally opposed to ANY GE crops being planted in a way that could possibly contaminate other crops or wild plants. We believe that the option being supported by WFM is NOT in the best interests of human or environmental health. WFM can expect a consumer reaction to this position that could negatively impact the company's revenues.
01/28/2011 1:47:47 AM CST
Lew W says ...
In going over the comments section, more than 90% of the posts by individuals since USDA approval have been very negative towards WFM, most either calling for boycotts or simply stating refusal to shop there anymore. oooooopps! WFM soldout a while ago, now they're in bed with the beast. Let's make them regret this move. Their stock price hasn't been affected yet, but I'm sure if this info really got out and went viral it surely would be. Hey, let's all short their stock (bet on it dropping in value) and then spread the word -- voraciously! Then all the money we make could be used to bolster REAL non-GMO advocacy campaigns. Call your broker then get out into the blogosphere!
01/28/2011 2:50:09 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
Heather says ...
I am disappointed in you, Whole Foods. And you do not have the right,nor the power, to speak on behalf of those who choose organic living and work WITH the government in allowing concessions to be made to GMO crops. We don't want them...we don't want to coexist, because we are educated enough to realize that this is truly not possible in the long run. I, and many of my friends who have been loyal WF customers will no longer be providing your company with funds that you use to betray us. Good Riddance...you will never see another penny of mine.
01/28/2011 7:03:50 AM CST

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