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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
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
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
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
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
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
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 ...
WHOLE FOODS MARKET RESPONDS: Thank you for being passionate about genetically engineered (GE or GMO) crops and for expressing your concern about the availability of non-GMO foods. We are very passionate about this too and are extremely upset that our position has been distorted out there. Don’t be fooled by the OCA (Organic Consumers Association) as it often twists the truth, which confuses consumers. This time, OCA is misleading you by implying that we have “surrendered” to Monsanto and “cut a deal” for co-existence and that we’ll receive “compensation.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Whole Foods Market, along with the National Cooperative Grocers Association, the National Organic Coalition, the Organic Trade Association, Organic Valley, Stonyfield Farms, United Natural Foods and many others in the organic community, were trying to secure protections for organic farmers so biotechnology companies for the first time would be held accountable if GE crops polluted non-GE crops and would be forced to pay for the damages. (No money would ever go to us!) We were also pushing for measures to protect seed purity so that non-GE alfalfa supplies could be maintained. Unfortunately, none of those protections were approved as, to our utter disappointment, the USDA decided to completely deregulate GE alfalfa without restrictions. This means farmers will now be able to plant Roundup Ready GE alfalfa beginning as soon as this spring without having to take into consideration its potential to contaminate neighboring organic and other non-GE alfalfa fields intended to be sold in markets demanding non-genetically engineered products. This is a huge loss for organic and non-GE farmers and consumers who want to have access to non-GE foods. For the OCA to widely spread misinformation and lies about Whole Foods Market and other organic companies by saying that we are joining forces with the biotechnology industry (Monsanto) is beyond ludicrous--especially at a time when we all need to come together to support our goal of ensuring the availability of non-GE foods in the marketplace. To help clarify our overall position, we think it is helpful to see how Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the NON-GMO Project, describes the coalition efforts: "Leading up to the ruling, a broad coalition of organic organizations and companies were working around the clock in an attempt to influence the USDA’s decision. The USDA had already made it clear that alfalfa would be deregulated, but hope remained that there might be some way to soften the blow. Organic Valley, Whole Foods and Stonyfield Farm, along with many others in the organic community, were doing everything in their power to secure protections for organic farmers so that if their fields were contaminated once the GMO alfalfa was released, biotechnology companies for the first time would be held accountable for their pollution and would be forced to pay for the damages. These groups were also pushing for measures to protect seed purity so that non-GMO alfalfa supplies could be maintained. Unfathomably, these tireless organic organizations are now being criticized for their efforts. In total denial of the incontrovertible fact that the USDA was never even remotely considering a full ban on GMO alfalfa, some are suggesting that these group’s efforts to make the most of a bad situation *somehow* (though no one is very specific on how, exactly) signals corruption, and are even calling for boycotts. HOW ON EARTH is taking this out on 1200 organic family farmers going to help anything?! This is divisiveness we cannot afford." You can read the full article here: http://www.nongmoproject.org/2011/01/29/team-organic-will-never-surrender-to-monsanto-now-we-continue-the-fight-together/ Additionally, you may have seen strange accusations saying that Whole Foods Market has agreed to sell genetically engineered foods. We haven’t agreed to anything! This is another attempt to twist the facts. The reality is that no grocery store in the United States, no matter what size or type of business, can claim they are GMO-free. While we have been and will continue to be staunch supporters of non-GMO foods, we are not going to mislead our customers with an inaccurate claim (and you should question anyone who does). Here’s why: the pervasive planting of GMO crops in the U.S. and their subsequent use in our national food supply. 93% of soy, 86% of corn, 93% of cotton, and 93% of canola seed planted in the U.S. in 2010 were genetically engineered. Since these crops are commonly present in a wide variety of foods, a GMO-free store is currently not possible in the U.S. (unless the store sells only organic foods.) Since the U. S. national organic standards do not allow the use of GMO ingredients and practices in the growing or production of organic foods, choosing organic is one way consumers can avoid GMO foods. The other is through labeling, of which we are strong supporters. Here is a look at some of the other things we have done on the non-GE front over the past couple of decades: •We have advocated for mandatory labeling of GMO foods since 1992, even before they were made commercially available. •We were founding members of the Non-GMO Project, which works to ensure the sustained availability of non-GMO choices through an industry-wide product standard to create a non-GMO labeling program that can be fully substantiated. •Our 365 Everyday Value® and Whole Foods Market™ brand products are sourced to avoid GMOS, and our partnership with the Non-GMO Project will enable us to verify and label both natural and organic products. In fact, we have enrolled our store brand food products in this pioneering product verification program, which ensures the sustained availability of non-GMO choices through an industry-wide product standard. These include products that natural as well as those that are organic. •Beyond our stores, we have publicly advocated for clear labeling of GE food and shared our concerns that the USDA and FDA’s policies on GE foods are not consistent with our consumers’ expectations. We will continue to work aggressively on this issue because we believe that GMO food ingredients should be clearly labeled, and that consumers who want to avoid them should have an actionable way to do so. While the USDA’s decision will make our work more difficult, we are as committed as ever to ensuring that non-GMO food remains available and we will continue to advocate for our farmers and for our shoppers on this issue.
01/20/2011 3:47:33 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
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
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
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
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
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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