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Bill says ...
They roll us a little at a time, nudge a little here, take a little there, and before you know it we are on the wrong side of truth. Trying to live with GMO is like playing Roulette with a loaded pistol, we know that at some point, sooner or later, we loose. and, then they do us another favor and sell us the latest in specialty bandages for fatal head wounds. The GMO crops are just more "invented" commerce that is designed to siphon control from the people to the banker cabal. This is old history. For answers we could look to the youth of Egypt. Non-violent, but also non-wavering in their demand for the rights that are 'naturally' theirs. WFM is old history. John Mackey is a capitalist. Always has been, always will be. He is just doing what he knows how to do, i.e. business as usual, bottom line is what counts for him. Check out John's attitude towards unions and protecting workers rights. SO, vote and act with your feet and your Federal Reserve Notes. Start a home garden. Enroll your neighbors in developing and sharing your front and back yards as community gardens. Don't sit around waiting for a government benefit or privilege, create and control your own community.
02/04/2011 12:04:01 PM CST
David Gibson says ...
Why can't they conditionally regulate it, with the condition being that EVERY PRODUCT that contains GMO ingredients is labeled so that consumers can be aware of and choose Non-GMO? It is unacceptable to me that Whole Foods and other Organic companies would support the partial-deregulation of GMO crops, knowing full well that once GMO crops, with GM genes are planted, those Genetically Modified genes will cross-contaminate any and all other plants they come in contact with, near or far. This is not acceptable, and I will no longer shop at your store. Start by testing and labeling EVERY PRODUCT sold at Whole Foods Market for GMOs. Let your customers decide what they want to buy, by properly informing us of every product that contains any GMOs. Thank you, Former Customer David Gibson
02/04/2011 2:08:00 PM CST
toby raven says ...
i wonder why we need to make space at the table for foods that are scientifically proven to be detrimental to our bodies, the soil, and the animals we share this earth with? we need to clean the table, clean our bodies, honor our earth and stop trying to rationalize obviously unhealthy choices. it doesn't matter how much money is paid to a field whose soil is dead. the soil is dead and money is not edible. this is all silly in the extreme and we can all do better.
02/06/2011 3:14:48 PM CST
Joseph says ...
this is all a bit crazy.. on one side you have the OCA lambasting all of you(WFM, Stoneyfeild, etc,) the other side is stoneyfeild and their hurt feelings about how the OCA has protrayed them in this whole mess and heres Whole Foods somewhere in the middle. Seemingly supporting the way OCA portayed them and in support of COEX with GMO and applauding the USDA for wanting it.. yet saying "take action" against this monster that will kill us all.. as a consumer and an organic supporter this seems like NONE OF YOU CAN BE TRUSTED to tell us the truth. who do you trust when all of you have the upper hand and we can only believe what you say due to the fact that theres no legal information about the trials that have happened to get this whole subject to this point. the OCA has no place for comments on their pages because it seems they dont wanna hear what we have to say.. at least you do.. ita amazing how far ahead of us europe is at the moment with its food standards and how we choose to just ignore them almost completely. i just wish there was a REAL method for finding who is actually telling the truth, just like it would be nice to be able to REALLY tell what foods are safe and wont grow you an extra head. regardless of whose wrong or right in the situation tho, i think the Stoneyfeild letter was right in saying that the voices of all of you and us needs to be unified and stop pointing fingers at each other in order to accomplish anything.
02/07/2011 2:51:08 PM CST
Alison says ...
What is so totally ironic about this whole issue is the story recounted in the documentary, Food, Inc., how many farmers in central/southern Illinois have been assaulted legally and financially by Monsanto, because Monsanto's GM crops have cross pollinated into other farms and then the Monsanto investigators check these farmers' crops only to find that the genetically altered crap is in their crops too. Then Monsanto sues these farmers for patent infringement, but doesn't want to be held to the same standard of not contaminating someone else's crops. How can that be just? Listen, I don't think we're going to win this one. Monsanto has the money and they are in the pockets of the politicians. It's sickening, but really, unless someone in Washington stands up against this corruption, we don't stand a chance. The FDA, USDA and insurance companies are all in this thing together. They all pad one another's pockets and in the meantime, America is getting sicker and poorer. Plant your own garden. Exercise. Work hard and save your money. It's the only chance we have.
02/10/2011 3:59:38 PM CST
doug says ...
i just cannot help but get upset with the stupidity of this government. if these republicans and whatever really care about straightening the government out,let them start THINKING ABOUT THE WELLBEING of people. not, big businesses that want to stuff their pockets with cash and be exempt from taxes. there is a story in the NY Times about how the government acts with our tax dollars. promoting health with one hand and then doing something totally idiotic. www.nytimes.com/2010/11/07/us/07fat.html?_r=1 has a story which really points to lunacy. i want to question if the government wants to get rid of stuff, why does the price of this going higher in the grocery stores? if i come across as not trusting businesses and government, can you really blame me?
02/11/2011 8:45:43 AM CST
Ronald Venne says ...
Sir, You must know that co-existence between healthy and GMO will never work. This is not a perfect world, money Rules the game. With out "truth in labeling", big Agi-biz will win and even your "365" labled products won't survive. There won't be a healthy choice for anyone. Co-existence is what brought all of us to this point in time. Thank you for your support and good healthy products, but the nextstep needs to be addressed.
02/11/2011 9:07:19 AM CST
Sean says ...
I am so terribly disappointed in the position taken by Whole Foods, the consumer is being betrayed by a 5th Column and mole in our midst. Shame on Whole Foods!!!
02/11/2011 9:57:29 AM CST
Jan Buck says ...
I think GE is basically a non-proven technology and is likely harmful to humans and the planet. Please do not carry GE foods, or at least non-labeled GE foods. If this technology were so great, there would not be this non-lableing vs lableing issue. Thank you for listening and please take action. I would like to continue to shop at Whole Foods, but will not if you do not show more integrity w/regard to this issue. Think Trader Joe and other smaller health food stores.
02/11/2011 3:01:42 PM 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
Yvonne Glashan says ...
We shop at Whole Foods Market as our choice of good food, as best that we can find, other than our own organic gardens and our local organic markets. We do not want pesticide sprayed foods or Roundup GM foods. We must get back to nature if we want to survive in this toxic, greedy, Monsanto Empire, world.
02/12/2011 3:49:35 PM CST
Sol McKenna says ...
I was extremely saddened to hear about Whole Foods as well as Stoneyfield Farms going into bed with Monsanto. I understand the predicament, I understand the enormous pressure, however I now have to stop shopping at WFM and stop supporting my favorite yoghurt from Stonyfield. I have been a loyal customer for over 10 years, spending thousands of dollars and speaking highly of Whole Foods. I now along with the 4500 of my blog fans and supporters will no longer shop at WFM. We can't go down one aisle and see Fair Trade Coffee and then on the next aisle have foods that are supporting Monsanto, a reckless company with no regard for the delicate balance of this planet, ignorantly thinking they have figured out "a solution" not mentioning it will have terrible consequences. We now know Monsanto's "roundup" seed causes a great spread of cancer, in humans and animals. I am sorry Whole Foods, I went into your stores for the last time. As humans, we are either a part of the solution or a part of the problem, it is purely a moral choice. I am responsible for mine, and so are the 4500 people joining me. You will now loose our business. I am sorry.
02/15/2011 10:20:04 AM CST
Sol McKenna says ...
I just received a standard reply from WFM after my e-mail to the company regarding this recent development of accepting Monsanto products into Whole Foods Market, where I have been a lyal customer for 10 years. But the response I received from WFM made me very upset. You are negating all responsibility, putting all blame on the USDA! I have written the USDA as well. It is simple, you want to be apart of the solution? then DON"T accept Monsanto sprouts! End of story! Like I mentioned, the 4500 customers I represent now feel obliged to stop shopping at WFM. We are sorry, but that is the consequence of going into business with Monsanto, in any shape or form. Sincerely, Sol McKenna
02/15/2011 5:47:52 PM CST
Kallen Diggs says ...
It is sad that Whole Foods has sold their soul to Monsanto. Despite Monsanto being the god of the majority of crops, we need to find a way to put an end to them. Let's learn how to grow our gardens whether you live in the city, suburbs, or countryside (there are ways....make Google your friend). Let's depend on our reliable sources like NaturalNews.com, Eden Organic, OCA, and others. While Trader Joes and some other growing health food stores and supermarket chains may be a good grocery shopping alternative if we don't stop Monsanto; then eventually they will buy out Trader Joes as well as any other store that attracts the majority of health conscious customers. Let's either put a stop to Monsanto or be independent from shopping at supermarkets.
02/20/2011 7:54:24 PM CST
Kiki Stoll says ...
There is no way to coexist with GMO's because they would eventually take over all crops.
02/23/2011 1:35:24 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
Jenny says ...
Does the FDA not care about Americans? What are they thinking? Instead of modifying our food I'd think they'd be more concerned in keeping us healthy. I presume a lot of these decision-makers are young & have no children to worry over to be eating the dead food we'll be exposed to. I appreciate Whole Foods market for their concern & loyalty in striving to keep out generically engineered alfalfa crops! Jenny
03/05/2011 7:00:09 AM CST
Jacob Devaney says ...
We have shopped at Whole Foods despite slightly higher prices because we believe in what you and organic stands for. Please stay strong in this fight against Monsanto. Your customer base and our planet is counting on YOU!!
03/07/2011 11:20:46 AM CST
Jacqueline Gerval says ...
I didn't know about this voting trying to let Monsanto get all the seeds to make Genetically Modified produce. What is going on with this insanity! Who is protecting Americans from this? Even though I am late I wiil start monitoring this issue and write my congresswoman.
03/08/2011 9:00:59 AM CST
Jeannette says ...
Why doesn't Whole Foods stay strong and pressure with other groups USDA to make the option not to deregulate alfalfa available??? There are plenty of facts, there are plenty of people comitted to non-gmo. we need whole food advocating it all the way through!!!! not stopping because you won't sit at that table. there are so many whole foods community - that would support whole foods it it would make a clear stand against it. the decision by whole foods feels like a let down.
03/11/2011 12:02:15 PM CST
Marianne Maunsell says ...
I am so sorry to hear that Wholefoods have decided that GM foods are ok and will be sold (unlabelled!!) in their shops. I'm sorry because it means I can no longer shop with you, thank God for Trader Joe's (they should do well out of this) and smaller organic retailers.
03/12/2011 3:20:52 AM CST
Marianne Maunsell says ...
so wholefoods I think I understand where your coming from, but I'm not sure if it's the right way. So my question to you is what's next? what can we do together, to stop the spread of GM crops, to safeguard our supply of uncontaminated seeds and to destroy seeds that get cross contaminated where the genetically produced product is destroyed and the company that owns them have to compensate the farmers What can we all do now to safeguard organic seeds and our planet
03/12/2011 3:33:50 AM CST
Kate Smith says ...
Will Whole Foods be carrying products which are grown from Montsanto seeds? I was in the store today and noticed produce marked "organic" but not "certified organic", as well, this was disappointing.
03/21/2011 1:56:22 PM CDT
Debbie Rossi says ...
Is it true?? Your disappointment was short lived and you are compromising with Monsanto?? http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/2011/01/27/organic-elite-surrenders-to-monsanto/
05/02/2011 8:44:19 AM CDT
Peter says ...
After your ‘caving’ to Monsanto, I won’t be shopping at Whole Foods anymore.
05/24/2011 6:51:42 PM CDT

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