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Manu Hipkins says ...
I appreciate the reassurance. However some questions remain unanswered for me and my clients. Does whole foods use GMO ingredients in their deli and bakery? I have asked different bakers and deli staff about this and they do not know. They even showed me the packaging and the canola oil and sugar did not say organic on the label. I find that very surprising an unsettling. Our consequence from Well Kiddos at this time is to advise our clients not to purchase Whole foods items that do not specifically label ingredients on the GMO list as organic. A clarification of your ingredient policy is much needed. Thank you for your attention to this important matter. Manu Hipkins, Founder, President Well Kiddos
01/30/2011 11:34:33 AM CST
Bob H says ...
Thanks for helping gm products to flourish in your stores. Lets hope people really start looking into how bad your "natural brand" label really is and ban your store. You are in this for the money, that is obvious, but don't try to say you are fighting for organics when only 10% of your store is organic, you are not much better than walmart! It is nice to see your company not do well in portland because we are too informed and have better choices than your store. Have fun with monsanto.
01/30/2011 11:52:17 AM CST
Irritated says ...
Everyone that is hating on Whole Foods for not standing up to Monsanto....Shame on you! You need to educate yourself on the real issue here. Why didn't the people of the US stand up and speak out against Monsanto and the USDA? The deregulation of GE seeds will have a huge impact on the food supply for the entire globe not just the stuff that is being sold to whole foods. Take a stand, contact your congressman, speak out against the USDA's decision...don't wait for Whole Foods to do it for you. I will continue to support Whole Foods Market. I want to thank them for everything that they have done in the past 30 plus years to get natural and organic foods into the mainstream.
01/30/2011 12:18:42 PM CST
Jennifer S. says ...
People really need to educate themselves on the real issue here and not blame Whole foods for the worlds problems....Maybe it's because they are a Corporation people just love to hate them?? If your really concerned with how you spend your money, you wouldn't be shopping really anywhere. For example, Trader Joe's has one of the worst meat standards of all of them and Whole foods has just set some of the most strict regulations on their meat and seafood of anyone in the industry. I know this is off the issue but the point is...I think it's ridiculous to boycott a company that did what they had to do when as a whole they are probably the best out there.
01/30/2011 12:48:31 PM CST
Sally Blakemore says ...
What a crock. I remember the FIRST WHOLE FOODS store in Austin, Texas. It started small and kept its focus, organic and bulk foods for healthy eating. What Whole Foods has become, an over decorated hog farm for the rich, is really quite disgusting in a nation of hungry children. And so to pretend you are not right in there with the government is pathetic. Take some real action. No one I know is going to shop at your store after your announcement, so maybe you will be small and with a pure intention again. While McDonald's tries to take the Chinese market, contaminating their beautiful foods so fresh and family farm raised, I can see Whole Foods changing its name to McFoods Markets. A sell out is a sell out and the veil of lies has been lifted.
01/30/2011 12:51:51 PM CST
Ruth Ann Carter says ...
Dear WFM: Thank you for "The Whole Story" and the clarification of your positions stated therein. I chose to live across the street from your West Bloomfield, MI WFM and have exclusively shopped organic there since early 2000. In my opinion, the responsibility for this lies first with President Obama, who should never have appointed Mr. Vilsack to head the USDA because he should have known or been advised that Monsanto has contributed millions to Vilsack, which makes it not a bit surprising that Vilsack is now proceeding, in time for spring planting, to lead the USDA in choosing complete deregulation of GE alfalfa. Secondly, I feel that the fault also lies with certain folks at the USDA and Vilsack, who appear to want to help companies like Monsanto eliminate American and world access to organic food and replace it with their GE products more than they want to safeguard the American food supply. It is my hope that the Center for Food Safety and its co-plaintiffs will immediately seek an injunction against the USDA and Vilsack until scientific study and analysis and public input are all carefully considered; and that in the meantime, President Obama decides to ask Mr. Vilsack to resign for disregarding a federal court order and replaces him with someone who cares about safeguarding our food more than he cares about giving away our food safety to Monsanto et al.
01/30/2011 1:51:59 PM CST
Mark Peer says ...
Clearly your tactics in negotiation are lacking. In the real world you have to fight for the best possible outcome although you may have to compromise. By succumbing to regulation rather than the total ban of GE crops you set yourself up for total loss. That is exactly what happened, complete deregulation. Now we are going to have to wait until the systemic diseases caused by the forced mutation of food/feed plant genes are identified and proven beyond a shadow of doubt before meaningful changes are made. Or will we? I suppose a next step is to fight for a warning label identifying all GM ingredients (like tobacco products) on all food/feed grade ingredients. It's a seemingly impossible battle to win, yet we need to set a lofty goal to keep a law from being enacted preventing a non-GMO label. For those interested in how to win this battle read the ancient text "THE ART OF WAR".The opposing forces are professional at using these tactics and a few ragtag corps with several activists do not stand a chance. From that very text the idea " divide and conquer" is similar to Friedrich Nietzsche's quote "The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy." Apparently, that is happening at this very moment. Napoleon Bonaparte used to say "never interrupt an enemy when he is making a mistake." Tactical errors were made and if the parties responsible cast away their egos and acknowledge their mistakes, all of us will learn, forgive and reunite to fight the next battle. Infighting only hurts the cause, the previous battle was lost get over it and regroup for the next attack.
01/30/2011 2:11:47 PM CST
Mia says ...
I am no longer a whole foods customer. I am not alone. I don't think you'll go under or anything, but you created a trust with your customers. And you have violated it again. Nobody who truly supports organics would approve of ANYTHING that could compromise that. EVER. We all know what's happened with corn. And that grows in a more contained way. This is tragic. Truly sad. Your are officially just another corporate monster, as if you weren't already. Thanks for confirming all doubts about that.
01/30/2011 4:24:46 PM CST
New WF Shopper says ...
One of the big reasons that I'm switching to Whole Foods is your stance on GE foods. I don't like the idea and I'll do anything to avoid them. I'm actually quite frightened of this turn of events. How will this affect my Whole Foods shopping experience? Can I be confident in the organic products and meats that I buy? I'm worried.
01/30/2011 6:54:34 PM CST
JC says ...
Why don't you push your resources toward truth-in-labeling? If you are so against GMOs why do you insist on so many of your pre-made items are cooked with Canola oil?
01/30/2011 10:11:42 PM CST
josh says ...
i have been shopping at your store for 28 years and with a few quick calculations i can see that i've spent close to a million dollars for my family's groceries. wow. bye, bye whole foods. p.s. no matter how much money you spend on p.r. we know you sold out.
01/30/2011 10:39:07 PM CST
Merdeka says ...
Thank you for this very clear reminder to support local farmers and, more importantly, grow my own food! I will not be shopping at Whole Foods again.
01/31/2011 6:18:18 AM CST
andy says ...
Wow. All of you people are just moaning and complaing because you want someone else to think for you. To tell you what to do. To make the decision for you. Grow up. The majority of you on this comment list support the destruction of your health and the environment everyday. The majority of the consumer products you by are made out of petroleum anyway. The make-up you wear, the cars you drive, the clothes you wear. All are your choices just like your food. To say that it is any companys fault that you have to eat GMO food is ridiculous. Open your eyes. Make your own choices. Realise that organic company's are just a few fighting a war against thousands. You're ignorant comments and abandonment of Whole Foods is only hurting the organic industry. So many of you claim to know how horrible Monsanto and similiar comapanys are. If you're so educated about the topic then you would relaise how hard it is to fight them. How those companys will stop at nothing to make their money. Stick together people and quit crying everytime you read something on the interent. Get out of your SUV's, take your blue tooths out of your ears, quit staring at your I-phones and take charge of yourselves.
01/31/2011 7:48:44 AM CST
Liana Hoodes says ...
Setting the Record Straight from the National Organic Coalition: "While the National Organic Coalition (NOC) was at the table, and attempted to reach some consensus points, consensus was never reached. The National Organic Coalition has never endorsed "co-existence". In fact, we have specifically been very vocal in noting that any discussion of "co-existence" can not even begin before A Contamination Prevention Plan is developed, including all of the following 7 points: Prior to any de-regulation of new genetically-engineered crops, or discussions of “Co-Existence” of GE and non-GE, the following 7 points must be addressed transparently and fairly (for all stakeholders involved). See NOC’s Contamination Prevention Plan: [http://www.nationalorganiccoalition.org/GMO/GMOContaminationPrevention.pdf] for details. 1.Establish a USDA Public Breeds Institute to ensure that the public has access to high quality non-GMO breeds and germplasm. 2.Create a Contamination Compensation Fund [see NOC’s Draft proposal at: http://www.nationalorganiccoalition.org/GEAlfalfa/ProposedCompensationPlan.pdf] , funded by GMO patent holders, to provide immediate assistance to persons contaminated by GMOs, from seed to table. 3.Complete elimination of deregulated GM crop status, including prior deregulations, with on-going oversight and public evaluation of compliance and enforcement. 4.Conduct comprehensive, independent, longitudinal studies on the health, environmental, and socio-economic impacts of GMOs, prior to GM crop approvals. 5.Prohibit the growing of promiscuous GM crops that are likely to cause GMO contamination. 6.Prevent food security risks associated with the concentration of our food system in the hands of a few companies. 7.Institute an immediate labeling protocol for all GM crops, products, and ingredients.
01/31/2011 10:00:24 AM CST
Sue says ...
You've lost me as a customer. I will take my $200 / week to my farmers market and small local organic store. I'm shocked that WF is unwilling to stand and fight for the integrity of organic foods.
01/31/2011 11:25:43 AM CST
Scott Powell says ...
WFM and the consortium, don't you guys look like a bunch of suckers now! Your duty as organic stewards should be that GMO's should be banned completely! There is no co-existence because eventually the GMO/Roundup will take over and destroy the land, then you have nothing. Monsatan can not dictate the terms of our existence! WFM your biggest fail is that you didn't stand up for what you supposedly believe in - NO GMO'S!!!!
01/31/2011 1:12:41 PM CST
Stephen Davis says ...
I didn't know we were limited to just the "options" Vilsack and the agribusiness lobby give us. Why do you make it seem like you were forced to endorse "coexistence". You obviously had a choice, and you chose wrong. Your attempts to backpedal make you seem desperate.
01/31/2011 1:49:14 PM CST
JasonMChicago says ...
Why not put the most prevelant GMO on your unacceptable ingredients list? Put HFCS on the list and make a statement and show you really care about nonGMO in your stores! Do something to show the consumer you care!!!
01/31/2011 3:07:32 PM CST
paig292 says ...
If you haven't read our response to the OCA accusations, please click this: http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/2011/01/no-regulations-ge-alfalfa/comment-page-2/#comment-94678
01/31/2011 3:45:29 PM CST
David Strohm says ...
Wow. I have been shopping at Whole Foods for 19 years. And I have to say your response to the GMO Alfalfa crisis is chilling. Good bye. It's been real
01/31/2011 4:11:11 PM CST
Tomas Zeller says ...
Whole Foods - if the above is truly your stance, then stand with us and abolish the "natural" branded items in your store. It's organic or nothing. You're either with us or against us - don't hide behind the rhetoric of "providing our customers with a choice".
01/31/2011 4:39:05 PM CST
John Hogan says ...
I guess this should not be a surprise. This just gave the All Clear to what has already been done to the Organic Farmer. Monsanto can threaten to sue w/o the threat of being sued or being liable. So now an Organic Farmers crop has more risks of being contaminated but yet their (the farmer is) still held liable for cleanup or risk being sued for patent infringement! What a great idea! USDA simply search "monsanto sues farmers"
01/31/2011 4:40:05 PM CST
Robert says ...
Will you continue to sell products made with soy, corn or canola? Why not take a stand and stop carrying those products!! I was a loyal WFM customer, but I'm going to start shopping at my local farmers market for my produce, meat and eggs.
01/31/2011 5:46:56 PM CST
Mark Peer says ...
Imagine my surprise when I opened my email from the Whole Food blog today. I thought wow, they must have read my earlier comment and are responding to some of the points I brought up. This company is really on their toes. Instead I reread information in a form letter attacking the organic consumers association. BTW if anyone read what I wrote they should have understood I had already seen both sides of the little tiff between two groups who are supposed to be fighting for the same cause. Obviously my earlier post about unity among the various factions within the organic community was for the most part ignored. I understand Whole foods tries to do the right thing and however on tries, you cannot please everyone. I really have no problem with Whole Foods or the Organic Consumers Association, I just wish those who made errors in judgement and those who made negotiation mistakes would just admit they were wrong so we all can move on and win this GMO war. Save the petty infighting and "he said she said" dribble for the gossip columnists and tabloids. The pro GMO forces are waging war and some of you people are bickering about things that have been decided already. We need to get cracking on this or the next battle will be lost before it begins. Whole Foods, please don't send me form letters. I'll welcome constructive dialog on this, but I get enough form letters from congress and senators. I have read most of what is in those letters long before I see them anyway.
01/31/2011 9:26:10 PM CST
Melisa Hanson says ...
There is no co-existence when it comes to pollen! Your Corporation isn't good enough for me anymore. Community supported ag!
01/31/2011 10:01:33 PM CST

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