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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
paig292 says ...
Update 1/28/11: We have seen a few comments about the OCA’s misleading letter about our company. Once again, the OCA has it all wrong. We have done more than any other retailer to educate and advocate on genetically engineered food, and we are deeply committed to preserving our ability to sell non-GE food. Perhaps OCA did not understand our position. We do not have anything to do with big biotech companies’ agenda! As tried and true pioneers of organic, we at Whole Foods Market support the preservation of seed purity, organic integrity and we are advocates of clearly labeling GMOs so that our shoppers can make informed decisions. There are still many unanswered questions about genetic engineering and there is no mandatory labeling and little government oversight of GMOs. That’s why we have spent the last couple of decades working to find a solution to offer non-GMO foods to our shoppers. We do NOT advocate for the USDA to allow the well-funded biotech industry to monitor itself carte blanche without ongoing government oversight. Unfortunately, the USDA presented our industry with two options: total deregulation of GE alfalfa, or deregulation with some conditions to facilitate coexistence and protection of non-GE farmers. 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. Given the prevalence of GMO crops in the US --93% of soy, 86% of corn, 93% of cotton and 93% of canola seed planted were genetically engineered in the US in 2010 – 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. We favor protecting organic and non-GE agriculture’s property rights, and the USDA’s regulatory authority is the best way to meet this goal. Our options were to have a seat at the table (and support coexistence) or to not be represented at all. We chose deregulation with restrictions so that we could represent our company, the organic food community and our shoppers. This does not mean that we have anything to do with big biotech or that we support their agenda.
01/20/2011 4:00:35 PM CST
Katharine Stowe says ...
If there are actually three EIS options, why are only two discussed. As stated in the article, the second option (of the actual three options - not two) would regulate Alfalfa. I would think that Whole Foods, Organic Valley, Cascade Valley, etc. would use their responsibility as organic promoters and producers to fight for the rights of the Organic Farmer (Corporate or Small) and the credibility of the meaning and regulation of "Organic." It is understandable to promote compensation and coexistance but that stance also says a lot of the promoter: Why promote something that is only somewhat ethical? As is the case with other low regulation industries, it is not only unfair but literally backwards that Organic Farmers and certifiers are extremely regulated while they are hopefully (take with a grain of salt on the "hope") attempting to actually help or better the soil, water, animals, and farmers' condition, where promoters of Genetically Engineered production consistently show detrimental effects of the elements above. The topic of regulating Alfalfa could easily be discussed on almost any other GE or conventionally grown good. The third option of regulating Alfalfa is ethically correct in my opinion, as is compensation for the damage GE production has caused. Why on Earth are they not regulated?
02/27/2011 10:20:30 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
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
susanna says ...
What an incredible piece of obfuscation. How dumb do you think we consumers are? It seems you have surrendered to greed. How can you promote "coexistence?" This is one regular customer you have lost. Fortunately my county has a strong network of organic CSA farmers and from now on every effort will be made to buy from them and to give up the convenience of shopping for food all in one stop.
02/12/2011 11:21:22 AM CST

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