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Regina, Atlanta, GA says ...
How dare you to make it look like you are a sincere supporter of organic foods. You have fooled me for many years raising the impression that you sell primarily healthy foods and that you are concerned about the public's health. Now that I know that your profit is the only concern you have I will not buy anything in your store any more - ever. I will also tell everybody I know and I come in contact with to do the same. I hope that the GMO products sold in your store labeled as "Natural" are recognized by all consumers as what they really are. No wonder you are pulling with Monsanto on one strand. I sincerely hope that your company chains will go down the drain and that your responsible people will get all the diseases GMO foods originate.
01/28/2011 8:46:23 PM CST
Tina Metzger says ...
As we know that GMO's are transgenic, coexistance is not an option. I am deeply disappointed with Whole Foods. While I've had misgivings, I now no longer feel I can trust this company. I am discontinuing my patronage.
01/28/2011 10:51:15 PM CST
Danielle says ...
You're wrong! You do have options, you do have choice, its just that you've chosen not to have options and exercise no choice. A few things you could do would be. You could lobby for labels. You cold rally your customers (That you know full well dont want GMO's and would support you) You could sue the USDA based on freedom of enterprise. And you could voluntarily label if all else fails. But NO you've chosen to lie back and let this travesty occur. Be what you claim to be; a Whole Foods Market. Support your customers just as weve supported you. Were not asking you to be anything more than what you've claimed to be all these years. Just be an active member of our community thats dedicated to Organic Whole Foods. You know GMO's are harmful to the environment, to humans, to animals and insects. There is no plus in accepting the USDA's mandates. Please take a stand.
01/29/2011 1:16:40 AM CST
Jude says ...
A brilliantly misleading campaign begins. WF sold out long ago & now has to sell its complete capitulation.
01/29/2011 6:14:34 AM CST
Richard Jennings says ...
Your "coexistence" is reminiscent of the French Vichy puppet government under the Nazis in WWII. You have to know that GMOs do not increase yield or nutrition. They do increase toxic chemical use and they do randomly pollute the gene pool with no recourse for the organic farmer or for Mother Earth. Thank you for letting us know where you stand. Please tell us what your testing regime is so that you can guarantee that no GMO's are sold by your store while you coexist.
01/29/2011 9:47:31 AM CST
Daniel Fretto says ...
The best way to advocate the decline of GMOs is to march into your local market and demand that they stop offering them. Many large natural food retailers sell alarming amounts of product made from GM crops...most of you buy it and eat it day in and out without knowing it. The reason why these retailers offer them is because YOU buy them.
01/29/2011 11:34:05 AM CST
donna branch says ...
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.
01/29/2011 11:44:00 AM CST
Todd says ...
Whole Foods - this is a betrayal. You continue to spout the BIGGEST LIE: "there are still many unanswered questions about genetic engineering". Those of us who stay informed know that study after study pour in with the same results: GMO foods result in sickness & sterility in those who consume the foods, and more notably, in the offspring of those who consume the foods. The effects of this are piling up in a tidal wave of new disease across the nation - this is not up for debate. Your attempt to convince us that you must "compromise" to reserve a seat at the table would be laughable if the consequences weren't so severe. We know what color that table is, and it isn't going to change once you're offered a seat.
01/29/2011 12:16:37 PM CST
Eva Lyman says ...
I have been shopping at the West Vancouver, BC store for some time. I will not shop there any more if you bow to Monsanto and make your requirements less stringent and allow (unidentified on labels) GMO's! People don't want to eat that crap. We know what you are up to: first the conventional foods will be GM, then even the Organic produce little by little. I"ll be shopping at farmers' markets from now on!
01/29/2011 2:06:24 PM CST
Neesie says ...
You have lost me as a customer.
01/29/2011 2:08:12 PM CST
Richard Doherty M.D. says ...
Your minimal stance in terms of GMOs means that I and all of my family, friends, and patients who request nutritional advice will no longer shop at Whole Foods. Your approach to this whole matter smells of corporate business interests above all health and customer considerations. The mistake that you make is that your customers are not stupid, will not be impressed by your ridiculous email response, and will go to other vendors who are not reluctant to oppose Montsanto's very aggressive approaches which have resulted in devastating effects on small farmers throughout the world. Wake up Whole Foods ! Richard Doherty M.D.
01/29/2011 3:19:28 PM CST
JO-ANNE HEAD says ...
Whole Foods Market needs to rename itself to Poison Foods Market. There is no Co-Existence with Monsanto. Why are you lying to us, Whole Foods Market? Monsanto GMO = POISON and we will all die from this POLLUTION. I will not shop at your store of poison any more.
01/29/2011 3:29:49 PM CST
Krista says ...
Um, I thought you were going to fight for your consumers and go AGAINST GMO's. I trusted you. Thank God for the OCA. I am no longer going to shop at your stores. It's a complete waste of money. You've done nothing for me. I'm going back to KROGER. It'll be the same crap, but at least it will be cheaper!
01/29/2011 5:16:28 PM CST
Whitney says ...
"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." This position is unacceptable for a supposed leader of the organics and GMO free movement in retail grocery. What about GMO sugar beets and GMO Salmon? GMO Beets were defeated as were other promoted GMO crops. It IS an option if you make it your business to create the option. GMO Salmon is NOT an option and neither should GE Alfalfa. I agree with the Organic Consumers Association, this is not a compromise that should be made, the USDA needs to be pressured into realizing that they need to do more than consider supporting the needs and wants of citizens for the right to clean, healthy, and unadulterated foods, and they need to MAKE it not only an option, but the only option. We should be taking GE and GMO foods OFF the market, not acquiescing to political and corporate tyrants. I hope Whole Foods will stop giving in, and start leading us out.
01/29/2011 6:11:26 PM CST
brant says ...
It not the GMO themselves that are deadly per se, its the process that produces a deadly GMO. Read Seeds Of Destruction and investigate how they do it. Until the process is proven I will not stand for GMO in the food chain. Animals wont eat it and neither will I.
01/29/2011 6:30:17 PM CST
Alemeh2 says ...
Americans are so dumb to believe that the Congress really care about their citizen and our kids. Whole food cave in due money and money talks. No matter how many of you complain, nothing will change. I live in the US right now and I afraid for my kids, I am afraid that the organic food I purchase is not organic at all. I miss my little town market in Italy, I miss my butcher, I miss healthy milk. Everything in this country is about money and profit, so sad.
01/29/2011 6:53:21 PM CST
DCDarling says ...
Just letting you know, WF, that I will no longer shop at your stores. Your failure to stand strong against GM food has removed any motivation I might have once had to pay your prices. There are many lovely small local markets everywhere, and I shall patronize these exclusively henceforth. I will even give my money to Safeway and Lucky because they are honestly what they are, and have not betrayed my trust. Get a grip, WF. You may be the 800 lb gorilla in the natural foods market, but you are not the only game in town, and when you abandon the principles shared by your shoppers, we abandon you.
01/29/2011 7:18:16 PM CST
Toni Reita ND says ...
GMO Engineered Poisons are found in common everyday foods such as, infant formula, salad dressing, bread, cereal, hamburgers and hotdogs, margarine, mayonnaise, cereals, crackers, cookies, chocolate, candy, fried food, chips, veggie burgers, meat substitutes, ice cream, frozen yogurt, tofu, tamari, soy sauce, soy cheese, tomato sauce, protein powder, baking powder, alcohol, vanilla, powdered sugar, peanut butter, enriched flour and pasta and hundreds of things that you would never suspect. The good news is that you can Vote With Your Dollars and say a loud NO to GMO! Tell them you're not buying their Frankenfood and pesticides. When purchasing fresh natural fruits and vegetables, these labels will help you avoid GMO like the poison it is! These labels are for US markets, if anyone has information for other markets, it would be helpful to other readers. Conventional Food Labels, grown with herbicides, pesticides and harmful fertilizers, have four digits on their label and start with the digit 4. Such as 4922. Organic Food Labels, are five digits and starts with number 9, such as 99222. You can feel safe to grab all foods with this label, it's organic and safe to eat or serve to your family and animals. Genetically Modified Labels, start with the digit 8, as in 89222. This is important to know as it clearly identifies the product as GMO. You can drop it and run! Don't forget to tell the supermarket manager why you won't buy GMO. I find managers are interested and more than concerned about what consumers want. They will not continue to stock their shelves with products that consumers reject. If we are to reclaim our health, we must reject GMO. If we don't vote with our dollars now, later there will be no option but GMO. Stay Healthy! Toni
01/29/2011 9:42:46 PM CST
Jeff says ...
You are guilty for crimes against nature. If we, the little people are expected to do all the fighting while big business like you throws in the towel, we may lose. Thanks for fighting the good fight. (I used to work for your company. Now I won't even shop there.)
01/30/2011 10:57:09 AM CST
Paul Lacques says ...
There was a third choice: fight any kind of genetically modified crops. Your capitulation is shocking. "Coexistence" is the most cynical euphemism I've ever heard. Open field GMO contamination is a historical fact. We are turning the earth into an open science lab, with utterly unpredictable results. I'm shocked.
01/30/2011 11:49:27 AM CST
wenzday says ...
This is a disgrace. If Whole Foods gave a damn about small farmers or about the food security in this country they would be in staunch opposition to Monsanto's GE seeds and other products. But Whole Foods continues to prove itself as a profit-driven corporation with a lack of ethics. Here is an inspiring story from Haiti, Haitian Farmers burn the seeds sent to them by Monsanto: http://www.truth-out.org/the-new-earthquake-manifest-haiti-monsantos-destiny66930
01/30/2011 3:24:09 PM CST
Nikki says ...
This is so messed up. We need to spread the word guys. I'm already doing research on how to grow my own food in Brooklyn NY. My soil is ready! My friends are looking into planting in their apartments too, they have all recently banned GMO foods. It's a sad day. Blessings to all with cronic immune disorders and allergies. My immune system is doing well and I no longer suffer from mysterious crippling allergies which caused permanent scars all over my body after cooking my own GMO free meals.
01/30/2011 3:47:42 PM CST
Lisa says ...
I am extremely disappointed in Whole Foods. Consumers do NOT want altered food, period! What part of that do food producers, suppliers and our government not understand? It's not a matter of coexistence. Any third grader can tell you that bees, the wind and other pollinators don't distinguish between modified and unmodified plants. It's very basic science that teaches us about cross-pollination. Once crops and their seeds have been compromised, farmers cannot simply "un-modify" them. After the fact, it's too late. And no amount of Monsanto's dirty money will be able to undo the damage to America's food supply. Consumers voices have not been heard, we demand real food and we're not going to support any producer or supplier that doesn't provide it.
01/30/2011 6:44:15 PM CST
Orion says ...
Dear WholeFoods, Here was your mistake. You believed this (from your blog): "Our options were to have a seat at the table (and support coexistence) or to not be represented at all." I hope the wool's off your eyes now. and you know that you were and are completely outmaneuvered. Or this appearance of " we made a noble shot at it, and it was out of our hands" was a way to shield that you've acted spinelessly and that you're having a crisis of competing values in your organization, cash bottom line vs. integrity. Audit your supply chains and ban all GMO from coming in the door, labeled or not. Without exception. There are people that can figure that out pretty easily. Put a note stating your commitment on every receipt coming out of every WholeFoods cash register around the country. If you wanted to you could. lets see it. the ball's in your court. how about 3 cents of every dollar I've ever given you going to pay some super smart mercenary lobbyist on Capitol Hill, like Monsanto does so well? If you can't outspend, please, at least, outsmart.
01/30/2011 8:08:04 PM CST
Jennifer S. says ...
I applaud all of those constructive consumers that have already contacted their congress and/or the USDA. It seems as if people just love to be "outraged" on subjects that they don't really portray themselves to know everything about...especially if it involves an extremely successful fortune 500 company. Maybe those people that have so much to say about Whole Foods and the decisions they make should start their own Natural foods company. Sounds like they could do a better job.
01/30/2011 8:15:07 PM CST

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