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Julie says ...
Just wanted to say thanks for posting this!! And thanks for lying too! Now I know you are just as evil as Monsanto, and will be sure to spread the word about you....just like how you are spreading GMO's to the goods you sell. Be proud.
01/30/2011 10:07:19 PM CST
Kyle says ...
What kind of democracy are we living when large corporation like Whole Foods and the rest of us resign to "reality." If the government does not give us the option we want then we raise our voices. I personally find Whole Foods compromise dangerous and irresponsible. How can "Coexistence" be had with a manufactured product that is so invasive, incapable of living in a natural environment without pesticides and controlled by a money-mongering company such as Monsanto? Coexistence is a farce. It's time companies like Whole Foods stand behind their values regardless of political "necessity." Sincerely Kyle
01/30/2011 10:43:17 PM CST
wenzday says ...
How dare you put the responsibility back in the consumers lap on this, posting links for citizens to contact legislators! Whole Foods, YOU should be standing up on this issue by REFUSING to buy and sell food that comes from Monsanto seed. YOU - Whole Foods should be actively supporting local farmers by BUYING from them on a steady regular basis rather than just using local farmers as pawns in your marketing strategies. YOU have the power and responsibility to change this and it's bulls**t that you write a blog post asking customers to call and write to congress. Why don't you write a blog post that outlines the measures that YOU take to ensure that you are not financially supporting Monsanto by buying food that comes from their genetically engineered seed? What policies does Whole Foods have about buying food that contains GE crops or ingredients?? That's what I want to know. What are YOU doing about this?
01/31/2011 9:02:04 AM CST
shelley lawrence says ...
So what you are ACTUALLY saying here, albeit in the most encrypted way possible, is that you are in fact ready t support deregulation to some extent. Conditional deregulation is the beginning of the end.
01/31/2011 11:17:19 AM CST
sandy lejeune says ...
Sorry, Whole Foods, but I agree with Ronnie Cummins on this one. Even if, as your letter says, non-production of GE crops wasn't "on the table" as an option for the USDA, WFM should have said that this wasn't good enough. There's no effective way to "regulate" GE crops, and everyone who's ever seen the wind blow a dandelion head can intuit this. I think WFM caved when they shouldn't have. If you are so concerned for your customers' well-being, why not demand that in exchange for "regulation" of GE alfalfa (and the myriad other GE crops that the biotech firms have waiting in the wings), the USDA require all foods containing GEs/GMOs to be labeled as such? Why not? Because it's bad for your bottom line. Sadly, WFM's position statement is the proverbial lipstick on the pig.
01/31/2011 11:24:46 AM CST
Bekki Shining Bearheart says ...
I will not support Monsanto and GMO foods. If Whole Foods (or any other company) does, I will not buy your (or their) products. Period, full stop. I will eat dirt first. Co-existence is not an option, as many other people have already stated. If you (Whole Foods) buy into this, you are supporting them, albeit passively. One has to wonder if Monsanto now own shares of WF???? Or maybe Mansanto is threatening your CEOs...We the citizen consumers can still vote with our dollars.
01/31/2011 12:01:46 PM CST
Katrina says ...
I have been a supporter of Whole Foods for many years, but I feel compelled to stop shopping there because of your stance on GMO's. You're being hypocritical when you say you are against them in your foods and you strive to make sure they are labeled as such, but then you take the stance of "coexistence"? I don't understand. Unless you're in the deep pockets of this company, I don't understand how you can take this stance. IMO, GMO's have absolutely NO PLACE in our food chain. As a healthcare provider, I see only grave danger ahead for all humans if this is to move forward. As well as a death for our bees who are already struggling to survive. Sometimes I wonder if there is already GMO alfalfa planted and causing the collapse of the bee hives.
01/31/2011 12:18:38 PM CST
Bobbi says ...
I don't think the OCA misunderstood, I think their point is that there's no such thing as 'coexistence' when it comes to cross-pollination. The documentary The World According to Monsanto contains a section about corn, in which they discuss the fact that native corn in Mexico has been contaminated with GM pollen. There's no disputing that fact, just as there's no disputing the fact that 'coexistence' isn't possible in the case of air-pollinated crops.
01/31/2011 1:20:02 PM CST
Jason says ...
Whole Foods has outgrown itself and now is beholden to the dollar (like all big business) rather than the health and safety of its customers. But their ARE alternatives to shopping at whole foods! Instead of shopping at Whole Foods, I purchase a local CSA (community supported agriculture) share and buy products at my local health-food co-op. I suggest all that can do the same. Now most of my produce is not only organic and GMO-free but also produced within a reasonable distance of where I live and my dollars support my community and not WF's stock holders. Supporting co-ops, local health food stores and CSAs are one way to show you care about these issues and make sure healthy and sustainable food is available to us. Oh, and these are all usually cheaper than whole foods!
01/31/2011 3:17:27 PM CST
paig292 says ...
If you haven't yet read our response to the OCA accusations, please click here: http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/2011/01/urgent-action-needed-to-support-organics-and-non-ge-crops/comment-page-5/#comment-94683
01/31/2011 3:48:53 PM CST
Linda says ...
I will not shop at Whole Foods
01/31/2011 6:29:25 PM CST
Tom says ...
I guess this means goodbye Whole Foods and hello Trader Joe's. I'm glad a Trader Joe's just opened up near me, I don't plan on shopping at WF ever again.
01/31/2011 6:36:50 PM CST
rita Butler says ...
Then it seems to me the only viable option at this time is for all organic producers, sellers and NGO's to get together and file a class action suit against USDA for wantonly endangering organic crops and there your business as well. I believe you should also call for the firing of Secretary Vilsack as it is clear that he represents the interests of MonINSANTO and not the welfare of the American people. As you see now, there can be no compromise with evil and if ever there was a corporation which is 100% pure evil it is MonINSANTO. If you think I am being hyberbolic check this out. Monsanto's Roundup Triggers Over 40 Plant Diseases and Endangers Human and Animal Health Friday, January 28, 2011 by: Jeffrey M. Smith Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/031138_Monsanto_Roundup.html#ixzz1CfxX933B This article was written by a Professor at Purdue University who has been studying Monsanto's Roundup for years. It destroys the fertility of the soil and sickens plants making them more suspetible to diseases, insects and strengthen weeds which then of course that means the farmer needs to use a greater amount of Roundup - surprise!
01/31/2011 10:44:26 PM CST
Kathleen Harris says ...
Why not petition for what is right, instead of choosing to back one of two proposals that are both unfair and don't protect consumers? I for one, am tired of choosing between the evils. It's a shame that our government is dominated by individuals who don't care about our health or that of future generations, or just don't understand the basic science behind what they're doing. The saddest part for me is that these awful, uninformed "officials" are actually representing constituents who believe in what they are doing. I am angry and wonder if anything will ever change.
02/01/2011 12:15:24 AM CST
Lorrie LeSage says ...
There is no 'co-existence' with GMO food and Monsanto. I understand that the forces backing this are powerful, and that organic coalitions have tried to stop them. However, saying that 'no store' can be GMO-free is a cop-out. Business, i.e., 'the bottom line,' i.e. MONEY, over health, and even life itself, is the only thing that really matters to you now. It's a cop-out. Face it, Whole Foods, it's time to take a stand and do the right thing, which is to REFUSE to carry products containing GMO's. Just think of the impact that would have!!! You would start a national wave of support, and then things would really change! DO IT!!! It's time!! Your store just came to my town, Santa Barbara, CA. People here are spending their money there thinking they are 'making a better choice.' From now on, I'm buying from local farmers only, and from my Co-op. You are just 'big business light' now, and like Obama have been a HUGE disappointment.
02/01/2011 11:05:03 AM CST
Cynthia says ...
The Organic Elite Surrenders to Monsanto. What next? I want you to know that I am OUTRAGED! This is a promise, I will NEVER buy any of your store brand products, including Organic Valley and Stonyfield ever again. I will not hesitate to tell everyone your stance on GMO Alpha. Your so called “co-existence” with Monsanto is totally UNACCEPTABLE and cannot be tolerated! Good Riddance. I bought all your products for years and also recommended it to others. NO MORE! I will not support traitor companies like you. You are a sellout.
02/01/2011 12:11:09 PM CST
Fran says ...
The companies we need to petition and try to boycott are WholeFoods, StonyField and Organic Valley. These companies are MADE by the consumers - and these are not your normal type of consumer as these companies are well aware. The organic consumer is one who a long time ago took the time and effort required to research farms themselves (the motto used to be "Know your farmer, know your food." Even the threat of a boycott would be taken very seriously by these companies, while the threat of petitioning various government agencies is seen by Monsantos the way a cow views those pesky gnats it need to continually swipe at with its tail. If any of these companies BUY the alfalfa - we need to threaten to boycott them.
02/01/2011 1:54:49 PM CST
Blaire Ladd says ...
What exactly was the compensation plan for farmers who's land gets contaminated with gmo alfalfa? How can you possibly reverse that? How can you possibly trust a 'coexistence' plan by Vilsack when this is where his allies are?: "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." OCA article
02/01/2011 4:00:25 PM CST
S Orr says ...
This is outrageous to support a co existence. NO Existence of GE crops should be tolerated. Why succumb? This is going to cause devastation to our food supply in the future, the evidence is already incredibly clear that this form of growing foods is a complete and utter failure and the effects are irreversible. You contaminate everything then what?? you can't take it back. I say NO to Vilsack, NO to Whole Foods, NO to GE. Why are you taking this approach? Have you given up or are you getting a little kick back to find a common ground where you can stand. I believe there are some friends at Whole Foods withsomething to gain by supporting the co-existence.. NO EXISTENCE OF GE IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE FIGHTING FOR!
02/01/2011 8:30:51 PM CST
S Orr says ...
I have just now read the Whole Foods response here and thank you for presenting your side more clearly I was reading and responding to the above and to another article I had been reading. (not OCA) It is a shame we are soo powerless to protect our food from this genetic corruption. Please continue to lobby for the best possible outcome. Regards
02/01/2011 8:42:34 PM CST
Barbara Bach Sternberg says ...
Urgent Action needed to support Organics and non-GE crops!
02/01/2011 9:00:54 PM CST
Laura says ...
I believe that you are sleeping with the enemy. The only way to go with this is the “Truth in Labeling” campaign. I wonder how many of your so-called natural products would eventually be pulled off the shelves if Whole Foods had to truthfully label the ingredients in all its products. I am extremely disappointed by your decision to co-exist with GE foods. This is about your bottom line. You show little care for the small organic farmer, the organic consumer or the health of the planet. Shame on you, Whole Foods.
02/01/2011 9:26:55 PM CST
ramsey affifi says ...
By setting up the issue as though Whole Foods is forced to decide between complete or partial deregulation, Whole Foods is acting dishonestly. Whole Foods could state clearly and confidently to the USDA that the business calls for nothing less than a complete ban of GMO alfalfa. What is preventing Whole Foods from making this claim? Could it be the fact that Whole Foods company products that are not organic themselves have GMO ingredients? Could it be that Whole Foods is misleading us again? Why wouldn't Whole Foods ask for nothing less than a complete ban of this unethical, unsustainable technology?
02/02/2011 8:14:52 PM CST
richard t.krause-sun says ...
its interesting....baby food for instance,mothers thinking that thier babies will be benefitted by consuming organic,and that the pre-born will be fed better in the womb,and then they will have better health and immunity,and this baby food industry is a huge aspect of the organic industry as a whole,for those who are consious consumers at birth will most likely be organic consumers for life,and will wander into thier local whole foods market to vote with thier dollars that they believe in the movement and support the vegan ceo and the workers who are loving thier job,and all the matrix of how it supports the local,and sustainable agriculture through out the nation and planet....compromise,and co-exsistence....what was the threat?....your too big to STOP allowing any gmo product to be profited off of the $9 billion usd a year,probably yes,you are FORCED by business itself to stay in the biz of competition with the other big giants,to get your votes,you lure them in with what organic products you offer,juxtaposed against this frankenfood back round of mainstream monsanto artisanal creations....allowed to sell your countercultural,anti big corporate items....this is the turning point of WFM....you could care less if the consumers boycotted or girlcotted-your too big to fail now,we built you up for these 30 years,your established and so much so you think double think that greenwashing your customer base with such absurd propaganda some Orwellian modus operandi,the only thing that would work it seems is if the workers all striked and demanded that they who represent the company,and see it as thier "job"...thier "job" is basically working for monsanto,under the front of wfm....or force john Mackey to resign or give the ceo reigns to someone else who would lead the next level charge....realistically,that might be the only thing to take the wfm to the next level of Integrity and Honour
02/02/2011 9:38:32 PM CST
Marie Crawford says ...
Issue: Our food supply I am bewildered and deeply concerned about the USDA and President Obama's recent decision to fully deregulate GE Alfalfa. It would help me to know what steps you are taking to protect our food supply from GMO contaminants and what your response is to this specific decision. GMO crops are the future of food pollution. In the almost twenty years that I have shopped at Whole Foods, I have spent over $100,000 in your stores. That is worth something. You have a lot of power and influence! Do more! Marie
02/04/2011 7:31:12 AM CST

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