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Suzy sturm says ...
Go to farm wars.com for amazing article showing that the OCA is supported financially by big pharma and the Rockefeller foundation. You should send this article to all of your front line employees.
02/01/2011 1:42:23 PM CST
NoGMOSeeds says ...
The people need to contact State and Provincial officials to outright ban GMO Seeds from use in their own States and Provinces.
02/01/2011 2:54:27 PM CST
bill p says ...
keep on fighting...its a massive takeover of everything that is sacred
02/01/2011 3:04:01 PM CST
Andrew Dickey says ...
Soon GE/GMO pollen or seed will spread to NON~ GE/GMO stock and it will be all the same. They are looking to have farmers here in ID grow GE Sugar Beets and the farmers may want this!! So I believe we are getting caught from the Monsanto and others + some farmers who want this garbage in their fields. So grow your own folks.. Find a local grower who grows their own and support them. Sponsor Seed savers exchange and exchange NON GE/GMO Seed with others. Watch how your foods will be pollinated. This is another sad day for me....
02/01/2011 3:43:26 PM CST
Ladd says ...
Here's how WH can take an immediate stand. Immediately, remove any product from your stores that is known to contain GMO or has not been verified to be non-GMO. This would send an extraordinary message to all your loyal customers, to the agriculture community, to the business world, to the USDA, to President Obama and to the world. This would significantly raise to the awareness of millions of people who have no clue what GMO is, and educate them on this issue. Is WH that bold?
02/01/2011 4:38:20 PM CST
Jeff says ...
I am not happy about the USDA's decision. I don't blame WFM or George Simons at Organic Valley as you were out spent...this time! Get back in the fight. I will support your stores even more as/if the fight continues. We should all vote with our pocket books and support organic products. Also, we need to get the word out to all media sources that this is happening in our own country!
02/01/2011 4:49:44 PM CST
Tom says ...
Lot of childish remarks here about taking business elsewhere. I'm sure all the dedicated employees will appreciate that. These are from the same liberals that want government to protect them from reality, but probably have never dealt with the govt. bureaucracy, so they don't realize they are cutting their own throats. The government agencies has devolved into a bunch of cowards who are only interested in themselves and their masters first, and if you are benefitted, well, that's a side effect. The USDA, like the FDA, has been taken over by the "special interests" that are intent on ruining the health and vitality of this country. You know who they are. But of course, you are not allowed to say. It's over. You can't run a planet on GMO foods. And that is what they want. Don't blame WF, though I do wonder about the comment about the CEO and Vilsack being buddies, Vilsack is inherently evil. The dark side specializes in taking over big companies and ignoring the best interests of the people, while claiming otherwise.
02/01/2011 5:45:18 PM CST
Annemarie says ...
from the Stonyfield farm site: an opportunity to email Obama http://ota.capwiz.com/ota/issues/alert/?alertid=24747501
02/01/2011 8:33:08 PM CST
Toni Reita ND says ...
Time eventually discloses all interests. It's clear, from where I sit, that the USDA has shown a strong, consistent pattern of abuse of the meaning & spirit of what consumers expect with organics. At recent count the USDA Organic program allowed more than 275 synthetic chemicals in the production, process or end "organic" product. To consumers demanding whole, fresh, unadulterated food this represents "organic" fairy dust, betrayal and deception. How can the USDA manage Organic Certification on one hand and be in bed with Monsanto on the other? I believe their recent decisions have shown who their main squeeze really is. Monsanto, Blackwater & Gates would not have partnered if they didn't anticipate difficult times ahead for their agenda. Consumers can, and must, vote with their dollars. Letters to our representatives, or pleading with various organizations are ignored. While we still have the option of truly, raw & unadulterated foods, we need to stop supporting any organization that violates our beliefs. It does take more effort to avoid all GMO, that means you can't even buy a conventional jar of mayonnaise! Aren't you willing to sacrifice convenience for purity and buy nothing that requires a label of ingredients? The lessor of two evils is still evil. Would a more meaningful position by Whole Foods have been to reject both choices and said a loud and clear NONE OF THE ABOVE. I wonder if that might have been more effective? This is far too critical a choice to be left to grade school multiple choice answers. Instead make clear your stance, even if it's outside the tiny box that the USDA provided to direct Whole Foods and the rest of us into. They treat us like cattle to be herded. Stay Healthy! Toni http://www.natural-health-home-remedies.com/gmo.html
02/01/2011 8:38:00 PM CST
Katrina says ...
WFM is a hypocrite! 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”? Perhaps you’re in the deep pockets of this company, I don’t understand how you can take this stance. GMO’s have absolutely NO PLACE in our food chain and as a healthcare provider, I see only grave danger ahead for all mankind and animal if this is to move forward. Not to mention the death of the honey 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. I spoke to three of your employees about this yesterday and NONE of them understand their companies stand. NONE OF THEM! I don't trust you anymore.
02/01/2011 9:31:55 PM CST
Ula says ...
I encourage everyone who is appalled by this to: 1. Immediately stop shopping at Whole Foods 2. Start passing out fliers in front of your local Whole Foods about this disaster 2. Stop purchasing Organic Valley and Stony Field products 3. Make all local co-ops in your area aware of this so that they stop carrying the products of above
02/01/2011 9:44:48 PM CST
Rosemary Daly-Camacho says ...
Dear Whole Foods, If you truly wanted to put your money where your mouth is, then you should use much stronger language than " we will avoid ingredients from GE seeds. You know very well that since there is such a high percentage of GE seeds used in corn, canola, cotton and soy, that your "natural products will be contaminated. Why do you even carry those products! If you really believe that you are a strong advocate for farmers and shoppers, than refuse to carry natural products. While in the past, I would tell all my friends and patients to shop how Whole Foods, I am now promoting total boycott. Whole Foods along with the other major organic corporations need to act now. Until then, I will continue to only support my small organic grocery and farmers. Sincerely, Rosemary Daly-Camacho, DO
02/01/2011 10:17:33 PM CST
Bridget says ...
This is an opportunity for those of us that feel like we are slowly losing ground to take a stand. Do something BIG! 1.Stop patronizing Wholefoods 2.If you have a Naturopath, forward this info and get them in turn to mass email all their patients like I did encouraging them to boycott WF. 3. Print flyers, make videos for Youtube etc. We can make a difference but we need to start somewhere. It's a great feeling to stand up to these giants and use the resources at our disposal. We never had these tools till recently, but may lose before long. Talk to anyone that will listen. But, most of all, practice what you preach! Bye, bye, Wholefoods!
02/01/2011 10:38:04 PM CST
Dan John says ...
Well, I'm very concerned. There are many questions about whether the WF Model of capitalism can weather the storm. I've been a strong supporter of WFM and plan to continue to shop there at times, for now. But I'm very concerned that--as a company that is making a pretty good profit these days--why is it not even more actively doing what it can to protect the food it sells? If WFM can no longer guarantee to me, who am paying a higher dollar, that its 'natural' and 'organic' products aren't contaminated with GMOs, then I might as well buy them elsewhere. I might as well "cave" too. If WF doesn't fight this at all levels, I'd rather be shopping at my local Co-op. Give me reason to shop with you WF, and make be believe in conscientious capitalism. I have my doubts right now.
02/02/2011 12:33:05 AM CST
Haji Warf says ...
One pro-active way of mitigating the disappointment of your customers and proving, once and for all, that you are "true advocates of non-GE foods" is to set up a labeling requirement for ALL products that seek shelf space at your store. GMOs in the ingredients list? Full disclosure required in order to be carried by Whole Foods. Where's THAT sticker? As the USDA has proven, they are NEVER going to require GMO labeling. And to have just your product line labeled as "Non-GMO" is insufficient. You also have to go the other way -- cover the full spectrum of transparency. Since you have taken on the role, we look to you to provide this leadership in the industry (notice, I did not say, "don't carry GMO products; just require labeling of it). Yes, this prerequisite would be a first for a food retailer, but it certainly would solidify the entire GMO movement behind your efforts. I urge you to lead the market -- it's begging to be captured! Show us you are serious about labeling -- take the responsibility on yourself.
02/02/2011 8:51:57 PM CST
C. Fetters says ...
When it comes to our health and only two options are available, neither of them in our best interest, the answer is NOT to succumb to the one slightly less dangerous to our health. It is time to fight back....help your patrons join you in an uprising against NO DECENT CHOICE! The choice you have made is very disappointing to those of us that trusted you to stand up for our health no matter what.
02/02/2011 9:04:21 PM CST
Spencer Essey says ...
As someone who is passionate about wholesome good food for people, I stand with everybody in their anger about this issue, but as I read these comments I realize that the majority of anger here is misdirected towards the wrong entity, and that the true threat here, and the one with which to be angry, is Monsanto. The fight needs to be brought to them.
02/03/2011 2:20:24 AM CST
Gradstudent says ...
First, let me say I'm not a WF worshiper. I can't be, because we don't have any near where I live. Also, while WF can be an amazing place to shop, I prefer to shop locally to support small businesses. Having said that, what I have to say next probably won't be popular with the folks bashing WF. It's not WF fault this stuff hit the fan. Hello? This is the biotech industry's and the government's doing. Biotech has a bunch more lobbying power than the organic sector does, even with WF advocating for organics. WF, and the other large groups of organic farmers like Stonyfield Farm and Horizon are our biggest advocates in Washington, because we consumers are too lazy to get off our collective backsides and organize. There. I said it. Realize that in this fight WF and the others are on our sides. If you're that mad that the USDA and federal gov't. in general has completely disregarded the needs of its citizens when it comes to wanting non-gmo food - and I should think you would be that mad, rightfully so - then take action about it. Learn how to organize and get the peaceful protest marches started, instead of discrediting the organic food movement by tearing down the companies that sell organic.
02/03/2011 3:54:57 AM CST
Barbara Cage says ...
Bull. Anything to slow down or stop GE foods is the right thing to do. I will never buy from Whole Foods again.
02/03/2011 8:59:12 AM CST
MARY GRAVITT says ...
I'm outta your store forever. As the 'holy grail' of organic cosumers, your company alone had the clout to stand up to MONSANTO. Instead, your CEO is in bed with their's. SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This will ultimately put you out of business, as we all starve to death over time from eating foods with no nutritional value that cause disease such as cancer. You have read the studies and chose to "coexist'. What a lovely term for DOOMSDAY!!!!!!!!!!!
02/03/2011 10:39:46 AM CST
Pamela Demarest says ...
I am disappointed and will never shop at WFM again. You should of stood up for what you truly believed in...now you are no better than them.
02/03/2011 11:36:48 AM CST
Lana Kelley says ...
How about labelling all products in your stores that contain genetically modified ingredients? Let the people choose! I travel farther to get to WFM just to buy organic food. Most of what you sell is "conventional" which is what I could buy in more convenient grocery stores. How much of these products are GMO-contaminated? I pay a premium to shop at your store, and I expect you to step up to the challenge of supporting organic agriculture by sourcing MOST of your products from organic growers/producers and by using your voice in Washington and in state governments. Don't throw up your hands -- fight the good fight for all of us!
02/03/2011 7:00:10 PM CST
Dena says ...
I am very upset at Whole Foods decision to announce that you support "coexistence" with Monsanto. I am having a very hard time stepping into your store right now. "Coexistence"? Really, I could shop directly to farms and farmers at the farmer's markets for meat and produce. I am not giving in the towel to Monsanto. If a big company like yours gives in, where does that leave the rest of us who day in and day out literally bought in to the fact that you were the "good guy," and that by shopping at your store I was saying "no" to GMOs. Now, I wonder if you really are living your core values on this one. We were in your store nearly everyday spending a lot of money. Now, I can hardly cross the threshold, I am so upset!
02/03/2011 7:07:56 PM CST
Michael J says ...
If public outcry is an effective deterrent, why was there no effort by WFM to "rally the troops" with an in store marketing campaign requesting and enabling all WF customers with a simple way to voice their oppositition to the appropriate decison makers on this ruling? I shop @ WF every week and never saw one thing concerning this issue. Most people live busy lives and I'm sure the majority of your potentially concerned customers had no idea this decision was in the works. Instead of being asked at the checkout if I found everything I was looking for I should have been asked if I would join the campaign against GMO's. Why haven't all the organic manufactuers and purveyors of organic products joined forces and pooled their resources for a massive mainstream PR blitz? Now is the time to make a continued and concentrated effort to educate everyone about the insanitity of GM foods and the disgusting connection between Monsanto and the USDA. Don't give up the fight...It's not to late!
02/03/2011 10:48:52 PM CST
Angela says ...
I find it so interesting that people are outright blaming WFM for this. Take a look at yourself and put up a fight too! They are trying and as a consumer, I am trying as well. If you're not going to shop at Whole Foods for good quality food, then WHERE are you going to shop?? Walmart? Jewel? They only sell organic foods to jump on the bandwagon, they don't care about the environment and what are they doing about the subject of GMOs?? NOTHING! Stop whining and blaming Whole Foods..you're acting like a bunch of drama filled teenagers. Grow up!
02/04/2011 8:51:29 AM CST

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