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TSGordon says ...
Immediately, upon reading the news flash from OCA, I was very disappointed at Whole Foods for evidently backing down on this super critical issue. Perhaps now this event can be leveraged forward to create even more opposition to this absurd practice of allowing the biotechs to run roughshod over all of humanity. Our numbers 'had better be increasing,' and those farmers who's lives have been wiped-out, such as my friend who lost hundreds of thousands of acres of ruined 'BT Cotton-land had better be featured in prominent US and World news articles.
02/01/2011 10:07:42 AM CST
Townes says ...
The GE camel's nose is under the tent now. Before long the tent will be full of camels. You cannot 'make deals' with people whose purpose is to destroy natural foods through cross pollination order to make you have to use their Seeds which produce non seed bearing plants and Roundup. All of your natural food producers should ban together and form a class action lawsuit on Monsanto. Compromise is not an option, unless you want to lose your organic foods status.
02/01/2011 10:45:43 AM CST
pdaddy says ...
Look people, it's about money, power and greed and MONSANTO et.al. have placed all of their cronies in high positions in literally every aspect of food production and consumption even the little "co-ops" out there that one would think are too small to even bother with. When YOUR government is no longer working for YOU, then it is time to revolt plain and simple and they don't want a peaceful resolution so to everyone who is attacking Whole Foods and other such companies, why don't you get off your asses and get in the fight yourself. The time for peaceful negotiations is over 'cause they won't settle for that. We all know that Monsanto, DuPont, Wal-mart, FDA, USDA, the FED...all them have the same objectives. I know it's more convenient to stay in your whole and think that revolution is not the answer so remember JFK's words: "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable". THEY DON'T WANT PEACEFUL REVOLUTIONS!! It's time to make a hard decision people; it really is. You're either a slave to them or a master of yourself. Choose one!
02/01/2011 10:54:26 AM CST
Adam says ...
The FDA, and the USDA are run by criminals.
02/01/2011 12:32:05 PM CST
burt says ...
I see crap in wholefoods everyday-tell me, where do you get the raw materials for your prepared foods yup-same place as food lion
02/01/2011 12:46:08 PM CST
Mark says ...
Due to your surrender to the Monsanto-run USDA, I cannot, in good conscience trust your judgment as to what constitutes good Organic, or Natural foods. You have lost my business, and my respect with this surrender to those who are poisoning the world's food supply.
02/01/2011 12:57:32 PM CST
charles says ...
Be honest. get back in the fight. You deleted the previous comments (my comment therein) and are now posting only what serves your company. How soon will my comment be deleted as happened on the previous comments on this same topic from 1/21 and 1/28.. I see some comments that should have been moderated and deleted on this current comment list. Therefore "l love Whole Foods" I am campaigning to "Save Whole Foods". This is not going away because it has erupted in a cleansing way to delineate who is organic and who fights the GMO contamination with out any tolerances via Non Gmo verifications. We organic producers/consumers read labels and discriminate exceedingly. Successful organic marketing must be truthful in its labels and marketing claims. So then, the QAI labels are they real because after all the National Sanitary Foundation (NSF) owns them. Many of the mainstream retailers Whole Foods, Wal Mart etc. use QAI certified USDA organic labels on products from China. The Chinese Organic Standards are more stict than the US NOP. I would buy Chinese certified products. Does organic alfalfa come from China certified by ECOCERT (France) and IMO (Switzerland) really contain GMO's? Unfortunately U.S.retailers are exempt from USDA/NOP regulations so that is besides the point and this comment should be deleted because the management team says it is off topic. I am not disappointed with the USDA regulations because the USDA did what I fully expected by deregulating GE Alfalfa. I register my dissent to your approach to solving this problem. HUH Think
02/01/2011 1:31:06 PM CST
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
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
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
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
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
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
party pooper says ...
If you really want to fight GM products, boycott 'em!
02/09/2011 12:57:49 PM CST
Mia says ...
You should be committed to fighting for a ban on all GM crops. You have the money and power to do so. It's such a disappointment to see you give up. And giving in to co-existence is giving up because the GM crops will soon contaminate the organics!
02/17/2011 1:33:17 PM CST
jill rose says ...
I have questions. I have serious chemical sensitivities. For example, I cannot spend any time in a tire store without becoming ill from the horrible rubber smell. Others may not notice it, but to me it is disabling. I have had chronic sinus infections requiring months of antibiotics after spending 20 minutes in a tire store. I also have many allergies to food and pollen, dust and molds. And I have become sensitive to gluten. My diet and activities are definitely limited by my health concerns. I try very hard not to be exposed to those things that bother me, I try to eat only organic foods, and I take allergy injections to try to lessen the effects of allergens. I am so distressed by this because I have been counting on being able to know what is in my food, to be able to take care of myself by not ingesting what could be harmful to me. I won't know what is in genetically modified food. I won't know if it will harm me. And as I am becoming more and more super-sensitive to things and my immune system is becoming more messed up, now something else will be contaminating my food and harming me. I have always felt safe shopping at Whole Foods. I guess I won't be feeling that way anymore.
03/15/2011 8:32:22 PM CDT
Anon says ...
This has to go. Everyone who's knowledgeable about how this insane government truly works has to take action. We need to stop talking about things and actually begin to get things done. March 20th in Washington, we need to send a message to the industries that are influencing our government for the worse. They don't care about us, nor do they care about the millions they kill elsewhere. It's all money and control for them. This needs to end. Look up "March 20th Revolution" and do your part to take action. Stop talking and start acting people!
02/28/2011 9:12:59 PM CST
Risa Lavelle says ...
Thank you for staying in the fight against the complete deregulation of GE Alfalfa. I think at the point those of us who want the choice of "clean non GMO food" need to stand together. Please let us consumers know what we can do now to help advocate for the organic farming industry -- large and small.
03/02/2011 12:28:10 PM CST
Bill Cohen says ...
Since Whole Foods has so many customers around the country, why not enlist your customers to battle for you. 90% of them probably have no idea what gmo is, but if they were told what gmo is and found out that they had purchased it without knowing, they would be livid. If you really want to win the war, enlist the ones who need to know there is a war going on, urge them to fight with you by making their voice heard. The power is in the knowledge. I will be speaking with the store in my area as to what your specific strategy is to enlist the ignorant public in the fight!!!!!!
03/03/2011 12:38:09 PM CST
Dennis says ...
When I read the OCA article, I felt betrayed by WF too and I also felt like boycotting them. After reading their response as well as the numerous letters of response published here on WF's own website, I realize that things are not as simple as I originally thought. Do I think WF is perfect? No. They have been using GM canola on their dried raisins for years and have been totally unresponsive to changing this. They have carried large bags of Domino White Sugar on their shelves for at least three years. How anti-whole is that? Nevertheless, I have been able to get many of the things I need there and appreciate their commitment to the larger community. They have also taken a big stand against GMOs in the past. More importantly, they posted all of these strong responses here in this comment section of their website for all of us to read. I saw letter after letter of strong, dedicated, intelligent, and well-informed people speaking against GMOs and the stance that WF has taken. I was truly amazed to see here that I was not as alone about this issue as I had previously thought. I was also amazed to see that WF published these for all of to see. What this could mean is that they are still showing their commitment to their principles and to us, their loyal customers)that they understand and care. If they make the changes suggested in this blog, including rescinding their position with the USDA, perhaps we could all unite together and win this disgusting war. We could even use WF as a forum to debate the strategies we could use as is happening here. I think we can turn this mistake around into something even greater by uniting all of our forces. This, I think can be done. Will WF actually do it? I hope so, but we shall have to wait to see.
03/03/2011 1:54:24 PM CST
docas tunkara says ...
USDA is saying it is fair for GE Alfalfa can sit side by side on the shelves, however today people no longer sit side by side while smoking their cigarettes. To be fair to all, all do not have to be together in the contamination of the other.
03/04/2011 3:25:09 PM CST

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