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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
Steve says ...
Stand with the Center for Food Safety and fight, that is the THIRD OPTION. Sorry Paige, but you are very incorrect in asserting that there are only two options. The USDA's FEIS completely ommitted several key points that will be addressed in court by the CFS. • Liability, Implementation and Oversight — Citing over 200 past contamination episodes that have cost farmers hundreds of millions of dollars in lost sales, CFS demands that liability for financial losses incurred by farmers due to transgenic contamination be assigned to the crop developers. CFS also calls on USDA to take a more active oversight role to ensure that any stewardship plans are properly implemented and enforced. • Roundup Ready alfalfa will substantially increase herbicide use – USDA’s assessment misrepresented conventional alfalfa as utilizing more herbicides than it does, which in turn provided a false rationale for introducing herbicide-promoting Roundup Ready alfalfa. In fact, USDA’s own data shows that just 7% of alfalfa hay acres are treated with herbicides. USDA’s projections in the FEIS show that substantial adoption of Roundup Ready alfalfa would trigger large increases in herbicide use of up to 23 million lbs. per year. • Harms from glyphosate-resistant weeds – USDA’s sloppy and unscientific treatment of glyphosate-resistant (GR) weeds ignored the significant contribution that RR alfalfa could make to their rapid evolution. USDA failed to analyze how GR weeds fostered by currently grown RR crops are increasing herbicide use; spurring more use of soil- eroding tillage; and reducing farmer income through increased weed control costs, an essential baseline analysis. “We in the farm sector are dissatisfied but not surprised at the lack of courage from USDA to stop Roundup Ready alfalfa and defend family farmers,” said Pat Trask, conventional alfalfa grower and plaintiff in the alfalfa litigation. Stand and fight with them, that should be your ONLY option.
01/28/2011 9:06:13 AM CST
Question Everything says ...
I must preface my comments by first saying that I love Whole Foods. I rely on this store to provide my family with safe, nutritious food. I understand that you also sell local and conventional food so I have to rely on proper labeling. What I cannot rely on is a wonderful corporate concept of moderate size standing up to a bought and paid for USDA and congress. If you take issue with Monsanto (Dr. Frankenfood), who is in the practice of tormenting farmers under the pretext of cross contaminating their patented organisms, you will find yourself drowning in a sea of lawyers and red tape, at the mercy of owned judges, and fearing for your life, surrounded by Blackwater mercenaries. (documented) Co-existence in this case is code for something that awakened Americans have got to stand up to! This is a situation that won't go away if you put another bumper sticker on your Prius. Monsanto was tormenting France WITH THE HELP OF A U.S. AMBASSADOR! (Craig Stapleton)How do you compete with that?! Forgive me Whole Foods if I'm a little cynical with a small corporations ability to stand up to this evil system and come out on the other side with the proper labeling and their integrity intact. God bless you if you can!
01/28/2011 9:18:10 AM CST
Abby R says ...
Interesting, because my co-op doesn't intend on selling out. Hmmm...
01/28/2011 9:25:54 AM CST
Jonathan says ...
Monsanto. Manufacturer of Agent Orange, DDT,(true) and Monopolistic dictators of all GMO crops. Why not just hang a mill around the neck of humanity and toss us in the nearest river???
01/28/2011 9:29:24 AM CST
Karen Kay says ...
There is one thing I can do. I will no longer shop at Whole Foods Market.
01/28/2011 10:09:54 AM CST
Jacqueline says ...
A letter to Whole Foods Market: Dear Whole Foods, I read your article and the follow up statement saying how OCA's letter is misleading. I'm not even sure where to begin. How about a comment on your statement "We supported a path of coexistence, not because it’s a perfect path, but because it’s the only viable path that would ensure our ongoing ability to provide non-GMO foods" Really? The only viable path? How about YOUR only viable path. Those of us who are willing to go further than Whole Foods can find other paths that don't require throwing in the towel like Whole Foods has done. Let's tackle another statement: "We did not believe that a complete ban of GE alfalfa or any crop is an option that the USDA would even consider supporting, nor was it even an option" Of course the USDA wouldn't consider the option of a complete ban, it doesn't make them any money. But it is an option YOU should have considered. Here's another nugget I'd like to address: "Our options were to have a seat at the table (and support coexistence) or to not be represented at all" Says who?! Since when do Americans not have an option to be represented? Throughout history protesters have never had "a seat at the table". So they created their own table. Out on the streets, having their voices heard by the masses. And Finally: "This does not mean that we have anything to do with big biotech or that we support their agenda" But you don't realize that that's exactly what it means. You're willing to give in just to have a seat at THEIR table. In closing, I'm just floored that after your decision to support "the USDA’s historic approach considering deregulation with conditions" you had the nerve to write an article entitled "Urgent Action Needed to Support Organics and Non-GE Crops", boasting your integrity and stating how angry you are and how fervently you believe "farmers have a right to grow foods without fear of contamination from others’ GE crops". You should have just done the decent thing: bowed your heads in shame, called the article "We Give In..." and stated your reasons for giving in at the beginning of the article and be done with it. Not save your reasoning for several paragraphs into the article and then have the audacity to ask your loyal customers (did you ask or demand with exclamation points?) to contact our government and tell them that "True COEXISTENCE is a must". Thank you, but no, thank you. I will not be pressured into coexisting with a monster company like Monsanto or its likeness. When I saw Whole Foods Markets cropping up everywhere, with larger and larger stores I was excited. I thought, finally! more natural and organic foods that are close by and in bigger quantities and selections! But it wasn't lost on me that getting "bigger" for a company with integrity, like Whole Foods, can be a dangerous thing. Are they going to get so big that they go the way all other companies do when they expand? Are they going to eventually give in to the pressure of Big Pharma, Big Bio and Big Agriculture? Well, I guess it did happen. Only sooner than I would have expected. Shame on you, Whole Foods... Signed, A Once Loyal Customer
01/28/2011 11:02:52 AM CST
ET says ...
Shame on you for supporting coexistence and therefore paving paving the way for this decision.
01/28/2011 12:11:37 PM CST
ilana goldner says ...
I am so concerned that Whole Food Market will be selling themselves to the deregulated Monsanto and other artificial and toxic fertilizers and herbicides that the food we buy at Whole Foods will be contaminated and we the customers will become sick with diseases such as cancer. As a consumer of Whole Foods, as long as you will be allowing deregulation I will stop buying at your stores.
01/28/2011 12:24:48 PM CST
Di Anna Kruse says ...
I do not accept one word of this. There is a 3rd choice--STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN--ORGANIC FOOD, really? If you stand for organic, then you stand for ORGANIC. There is no co-existence with GMO's; there is no assurance to protect our future seeds. What we need is for those who say they represent the organic industry, to do just that. And yes, I do agree that consumers need to be educated on the choices and vote with their dollars. My dollar will not be spent at Whole Foods Market. That's for sure!
01/28/2011 12:51:21 PM CST
Jenny Smith says ...
My youngest daughter used to have seizures when she was little. Medication gave her dangerous and painful side-affects. Her Neurologist recommended organic vegetables and meats...no processed foods, and certainly no foods that have additives/GMO's that seem to pervade the standard American diet. Once we changed that dies, she has never had another seizure. 15 years old this year and completely healthy. Please keep our options open, we have the right to select "clean" food for our families.
01/28/2011 2:03:04 PM CST
Michael says ...
Paige Brady, in my opinion your full of it, you can't co-exist with GMO's they will ruin all crops and must be stopped now. If you think were going to support your company anymore forget it, your history and any other company that supports GMO's in it's products or try's to Co-exist. You been warned.. the consumers have awakened and the collective co-creative consciousness will do the rest.. bah bye..
01/28/2011 2:25:28 PM CST
Marcia Gordon says ...
The January 27,2011 posting by Ronnie Cummins by Organic Consumers Association quotes you (Whole Foods Market): "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 Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley, and Stonyfield Farm, are now leaving the toxic genetically modified mess in the public's hands. They gave Monsanto and the USDA the green light. We all know that neither the government or corporations pay any attention to us consumers unless we squeeze their pockets. Monsanto will spread its seeds all over the US and contaminate the alfalfa fed to organic animals, create a biological nightmare and hurt farm workers. Always follow the money: WFM wants Monsanto to pay hush money, called compensation" to those hurt by their contaminated products. Read the 1/27/11 posting to see the friendly relationships between the CEOs of Whole Foods and Stonyfield and former Iowa governor, now USDA Secretary, Tom Vilsack (who received campaign contribution as well as the use of Monsanto's corporate jet on stump). The Organic Inc. CEOs believe that the battle against GMOs has been lost, in the hopes that we, the public will stop fighting. It is now up to us to make a statement with our dollars. We need to back companies, and/or farmers who are 100% certified organic and not be fooled by "all natural" labels. "Natural" is mislabeled, a meant-to-fool you food (both meat, produce and processed). READ LABELS, EDUCATE YOURSELF, AND BOYCOTT, BOYCOTT, BOYCOTT!
01/28/2011 2:38:09 PM CST
Patricia Dee says ...
ABSOLUTELY NO GMO/GE alfalfa - or any crop for that matter -is the only response for a company that pretends to care about wholesome foods. Grow a pair and STAND UP and OBJECT disingenuous, bullying, and/or manipulative offers, like I'm rejecting you. If you care so much about the issue, why are GMO/GE foods contained in your "natural" foods? Your compromise is unacceptable and you are no longer worthy of my exclusive food dollars on a several-times-a-week basis. I'll find truly wholesome foods elsewhere or live without them before you receive another penny from me. Wake up and smell your dwindling loyalty. And stop feeding me the bad science bought and paid for by those who will benefit most by the proliferation of GMO/GE crops. Wake up consumers and vote with your dollars like the Europeans did. DON'T BUY OR SHOP ANYWHERE THAT SELLS THIS CRAP. Find local farms and refuse to support it with your dollars until you are assured by full disclosure labeling that it does NOT contain GMO/GE foods.
01/28/2011 3:08:43 PM CST
Sandra I says ...
Thank you for the clarifying post regarding the OCA post, but I am now really concerned about one of the comments made on it; according to the writer the OCA has tested the "natural" line of products available at Wholefoods, and they have found GMO residues... I cannot afford certified organic chicken, but I do make an effort to buy the natural chicken and beef at Wholefoods because as I have been explained repeatedly by the staff, even though they are not organic, they have not been fed antibiotics and their feed does not have chemicals and/or GMOs, according to them the difference is that the crops used to feed these animals have been free of these substances for less than the 3 years required for certification, but they are still supposed to be free of pesticides, herbicides, any other chemicals and GMO seeds.... Is this not true then?
01/28/2011 3:52:32 PM CST
gabeincali says ...
Working in the Organic and Natural industry over the last 4 years, I've hopped on this bandwagon and tried to do my part as a consumer to support movement. For me, hearing about the deregulation/"coexistence" delivers another defeating blow to any semblance of preserving our food supply. The goverment just handed us a muzzle and I feel like WFM is asking us to put it on. We need our industry leader(s) to be our voice. If WFM is having difficulty steering this wagon with their $9 billion in sales, how are we as consumers supposed to stand on our own?
01/28/2011 4:16:25 PM CST
bruce says ...
I believe you sold out to monsanto, you should have fought this and prepared for everything, it wont be before the US food system colapses, and when it does i hope that you would realise there is no compromise with mother earth GM food mean gm diseaes
01/28/2011 4:19:01 PM CST
Mark says ...
Are you kidding??? We don't want to coexist with GE crops!! We don't want them anywhere near our NATURAL food sources!!! Stop acting like you are doing something good when you are selling out!
01/28/2011 4:19:12 PM CST
bruce says ...
when are you americans going to wake UP!! you want the whole GM food all over the world one reason why you invaded Iraqe to plant GM all over. they dont tell you that... you produce 70% GM wheat, yet you produce less wheat today than 50 yeats ago..
01/28/2011 4:25:23 PM CST
Julie says ...
This is what I wrote and sent to a Whole Foods Store before I found this blog site: “I was shocked, saddened, sickened and then outraged at learning today that Whole Foods Market has capitulated to the pressure of Monsanto's desire to gather us all in by the use of genetically modified foods! It may have been a 12 year long struggle and worn you down, but realize now that the results will have repercussions for hundreds of times those 12 years and affect MY children as well as YOUR children and theirs in terrible, costly ways. Not only have you betrayed Earth, you have betrayed "every single one" of the customers you proclaim to "Satisfy and Delight" with your company foods and products. This is a horrifying day for the people of this country and throughout the world. You now must change your name to: "NON-Whole Foods Market" if you wish to have any sense of responsibility to customers and moreover, you owe it to each and "every single one" of them to boldly and clearly state what you have done, NOT just in a written statement, but on each and every doorway of your stores. You had the nerve to side with Monsanto, now have the nerve to let everyone know it and hopefully you will see a decrease in customers that will grow and grow and hurt you where you value most (apparently) in the financial arena. I am truly blown away by this stunning betrayal.”
01/28/2011 5:17:42 PM CST
Wren Osborn says ...
I am vehemently opposed to any coexistence of GE crops with organic crops. It can't be done. It WILL lead to contaminated alfalfa, just as GE corn has led to contaminated corn. Super weeds, stronger herbicides, and a rise in cancer among farm workers will also result from the overuse of Roundup. You have betrayed the organic farmer and the organic consumer. I will not be shopping at your markets again. My health if vitally important to me. GE products have no place in my diet. Sincerely, Wren Osborn
01/28/2011 5:48:24 PM CST
charles says ...
I can shop at Walmart to get my GMO organics cheaper than from Whole Foods. Also we could deregulate the NOP and coexist with our GMO neighbor farmers too. My toxic purveying neighbors are not regulated, they are just subsidized. I am a certified organic farmer, crops and livestock, meaning GMO prohibited here so my customer locavores get what they pay for.
01/28/2011 6:07:15 PM CST
N Moyer says ...
It is sad that WFM is still focusing more on their bottom line than food safety. Shame on you, Whole Foods. Your food is no better than any other standard grocery store in the USA.
01/28/2011 7:02:20 PM CST
John says ...
Coexistence? Appeasement? That always works out well for the individuals in power, look at the Nazis, they were masters of it. Monsanto is no better.
01/28/2011 8:04:14 PM CST

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