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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
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
Melissa says ...
I am sad that I read so many nasty comments. Your anger should not be at a company that for years has been fighting and supporting organics and non gmo's and the health of our planet. Whole Foods has been trying to work within a coruupt system to change things and has made great strides at changing organic practices ( would walmart be selling organics if it had not been for whole foods?)and Animal welfare practices. Your anger and energy should be at all the sold out polititions who pass these laws including the president. Untill we stand up to this mass coruuption it will just get worse.
02/15/2011 10:59:27 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
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
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
former whole foods consumer says ...
Why does Whole Foods state to its readers that the government has two options: 1) fully deregulate GE alfalfa OR 2) conditionally deregulate it by placing certain rules and restrictions on growing GE alfalfa that would minimize or limit contamination of non-GE crops Whole Foods then states, "This second 'coexistence' option is what we are rallying for even though we continue to have reservations about GE crops." Gary Hirshberg, CEO of Stonyfield Farms made a similar concession on his company blog, stating: "our best chance at preserving the future of organic agriculture is to fight for every protection available under the "coexistence" approach." George Siemon, CEO of Organic Valley, followed suit on his company's press page, saying, "We will keep engaging and challenging the USDA in a true and meaningful conversation about coexistence and protection of non-GMO farming." What?! That's it? The nation's biggest purveyors of supposedly all-organic food are conceding the fight against GE alfalfa just like that? Instead of using their buying power to protect organic growers, these CEOs seem to have forgotten the third and ONLY option for protecting organic companies and consumers--UPHOLDING THE BAN ON MONSANTO'S GE ALFALFA IN ANY SCENARIO! In just five short years the organic labels that these companies claim to value so highly could be rendered essentially meaningless. Many of us are done with these corporate cronys. We know whats up. Don't play us for fools Whole Foods! x-(
01/31/2011 11:47:57 PM CST
Brian says ...
With all due respect I do not buy this at all. As an organic seed grower my livelihood is more at risk then it has ever been. And this is just my Livelihood without bringing to light the gross negligence towards the health of humans, other animals, pollinators, etc etc. What I believe is that you and the other 2 are Very Big Corporations. This said, what you could have done, what you Should have done, is let all your supporters know Exactly what was on the table Before a decision was reached, taken a firm stand, and begged everyone to jump on board. I imagine that 2-4million people inundating the USDA and the White House with calls and comments would have made much more of an impact then a mere 200,000. What you did instead is protect your interests. When will people understand this? In the end it comes down to the bottom line of profit and protecting your business. Do you want to protect yourselves by making sure that USDA certified organic allows a minimum GE contamination before the bottom drops out? Do you want to reach out to what you see as the inevitable takeover by Monsanto? After all they did say that what they want in the end IS contamination so that the issue of them being stopped or regulated becomes nonsensical. OCA did NOT cause the divide. You did. You made a gross error in judgment by refusing to take a Strong stand for what you purport to believe in, and in deciding FOR your supporters/followers/consumers instead of With them. If you believe as you said that Organics should support one another, the first thing to be done is for you, Stonyfield, and Organic Valley to apologize.
02/01/2011 1:52:35 AM CST
GMOfree says ...
As I see it, WFM tried to make a deal with the devil, and got their throats slit in the process. Vilsack is a Monsanto man, and he tricked WFM into betraying the hard core non-gmo movement, all the while knowing which way he would decide and that and that by suckering WFM into believing he might compromise, it would divide people. The GE lobby is so huge, only if we all stick together and say not no but heck no do we have a chance. WF now has to prove they are "true advocates of non-GE foods", grow a backbone and take a stand against them and with the people. That being said, this is more Obama's fault than anything as he is the decider in chief. I didn't vote for Obama, but I'm sure the people voting for him didn't think he would be appointing commizar Vilsack to push Monsanto and the whole GMO agenda. I guess we are all going to need health care when we are all sick from the GMO's we will be unable to avoid soon. I will still shop at whole foods, but only their organic and 365 brands that are sourced NON GMO because the other health food stores are so much more expensive, and the local conventianal supermarket has only maybe 10 products that are organic in the whole store and only lettuce and carrots for organic produce. I'm also curious, does wf use non-gmo ingredients for its prepared food. I had always assumed so considering they are "true advocates of non-GE foods" but now that I think about it, a clarification in the prepared foods policy is needed. How about an information booth at the prepared food desribing what gmo's are and why they are not in the food? As an advocate of non-gmo, helping to educate more people and taking a stronger NON GMO stance would help us get to the tipping point where consumers will drive the corporations away from GMO. One of the best resources out there is http://www.responsibletechnology.org for more information on this subject.
02/01/2011 5:21:13 AM CST
Doc says ...
Okay, let's step back and take another look at this. First of all the USDA no longer represents what was the Constitutional Government. That may very well be totally gone. USDA represents the Federal Corporation... you may check this at:http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/28/usc_sec_28_00003002----000-.html Where as a definition, number 15 states that the United States is 1)a Federal Corporation. As such the USDA and the rest of our government is no longer a representative government ... unless you consider our government representing monsanto as representative. Therefore as much as I too would like to point a finger at WFM.. I do believe there was indeed little choice in the matter. Our congress for example has its little hearings and they are scripted in advance so it looks like they are representing us... this has been true for some years/decades. As a corporation the Government of the United States is no longer interested in the Constitution except when it serves them to do so. Those times are becoming less and less. We are in a fascist regime... wherein the citizen is nearly a slave. Recall Cogress has made it perfectly clear that a corporation has far more rights than a citizen. It is my opinion based on these facts that WFM could have done more as could anyone of us... we are all to blame for not standing up... and it is possible that the standing up should have happened in the 60's or at least seventies... the Gov. has given just enough to pacify and really gave nothing at all. (As with the civil rights movement). So typical of those in hiding... whose real agenda slowly and carefully comes to a head...So, all of this is no surprise... Remember Jay Leno said in his monologue shortly after we illegally invaded Iraq, "We may as well give Iraq our Constitution, after all we're not using it!"
02/01/2011 8:30:41 AM CST
China Marbles says ...
You were not given a total ban option?? Then you should have demanded a total ban option. You join the GMO crowd by default. It is either yes or no. You are trying to justify your lukewarm,CYA position with a lot of double-speak and circular reasoning.
02/01/2011 8:40:23 AM CST
TruthSeeker says ...
Oh, PLEASE!!!! Whole Foods is the NEW SAFEWAY! You don't get a Pass on this one WHOLE FOODS... you're now WHOLE(GMO)FOODS in my book. As a Naturopath, I was DISGUSTED when you folded under pressure and DISCONTINUED selling RAW MILK. SHAME ON YOU WHOLE(GMO)FOODS!! Shame on you! This latest is the next extension of CODEX ALIMENTARIUS United Nations (WHO)ATTACK - Nothing less than ACT OF WAR on the People. Global DePopulation at work. It must be treated as such. The SYSTEM is ONLY working for the Corporate CRIMINALS - The MONSANTO MONSTERS, etc. It is time for the People to WAKE UP to this OUTRAGE - their Health and Well being and even continued Existence depends on it. It is time to take this to the STREET. It is time to DEMAND a REAL INVESTIGATION into the USDA and FDA - they are NOT working on behalf of the American People - they are Serving a Foreign POWER - this is TREASON and must be Recognized as SUCH. Wake up WHOLE(GMO)FOODS and REALLY join the FIGHT. No time for COWARDS and LIARS in the FIGHT FOR TRUTH and HEALTH.
02/01/2011 8:46:40 AM CST
featherhead says ...
My dollar votes now go elsewhere. Support your local farm stands and CSA. WF: you know you could have made a difference. There is always another choice and no matter how deep MonSatan's pockets may be, they rely on the people to buy their tainted and damaging products. If WF wants to escape this mess (the damage control is already kicking into overdrive, BTW) you need to shoot for complete transparancy in labeling. Otherwise, everything you say and do from this point onward is just lip service. Folks, it's time to start storing up those heirloom seeds.
02/01/2011 9:01:27 AM CST
bruce says ...
Dont tell us tell your US goverment
02/01/2011 9:05:48 AM CST
paig292 says ...
@Debra Trojan Whole Foods Market enrolled our entire private label – all of our store brand products sold under the 365 Every Day Value and Whole Foods Market labels – in the Non-GMO Project verification program. All of our products are going through a 3rd party verification process, and you'll see the Non-GMO Project Verified seal show up on products as they complete the process. For a complete list of our products and those from other food makers, visit the Non-GMO Project Website. http://www.nongmoproject.org/consumers/search-participating-products/
02/01/2011 2:26:02 AM CST
paig292 says ...
@Dee We clearly state that comments to our blog are moderated and that they must meet our Comment Posting Guidelines for no offensive language (vulgarity), no flaming, no personal attacks, only original material, and more. See the full guidelines: http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/comment-posting-guidelines/ On this specific post, currently 12 comments have not been approved because they did not meet these guidelines. Also, here's a link to blog post we did about the Non-GMO label; the images show the label on a few products. Not all of our 365 and Whole Foods branded products have the label yet because they are in the process of going through 3rd party verification. http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/2010/10/celebrate-non-gmo-month/
02/01/2011 5:01:58 AM CST

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