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Barbra Cohn says ...
You say that you are committed to sourcing Whole Foods' store brand products to avoid GE ingredients. Yet, most of your food that is made in-house, (i.e. breads, soups, and other prepared foods) uses non-organic canola oil. Why doesn't Whole Foods offer foods cooked in and baked with canola oil, or use a non-GMO oil such as safflower or sunflower? Almost all non-organic canola oil is genetically modified.
03/23/2011 4:33:50 PM CDT
Debbie Rubin says ...
"Whole Foods Market advocated strongly for deregulation with restrictions." You have lost this customer. Whole Foods should have stood strong for banning the alfalfa completely. Who doesn't know better than that? Have you seen Monsanto's track record of running USDA? I think so. Was there some sort of Change You Believed In? GMO alfalfa can't contaminate conventional and organic unlike every other GM Crop? Right. Even with restrictions, there would be contamination. It hasn't happened any other way ever! The field trials caused contamination. Every GMO crop released has caused contamination of conventional and organic crops. GMO's and organic can not coexist. GMO will contaminate everything else as it has been proven to do in corn, soy, and rice-- besides increasing the pesticide usage and residue and encouraging weedy resistance. Smooth move. I will never step foot in your stores again. You have had a hand in compromising the entire crop for all of us. I'm so glad I had a chance to get this off my chest. I've been stewing ever since I hrea OCA's email. Thank goodness for OCA.
04/09/2011 12:06:40 AM CDT
Kate says ...
I trusted you and you caved!!! I will be shopping somewhere where "organic" products are STRONGLY upheld on every level. Hugely disappointed!!!!!!
03/31/2011 3:05:22 PM CDT
JoElla Lukehart says ...
Chiming in late here, but Hooorah for Whole Foods for at least going to the table to be heard. I didnt see where any of the numerous complainers, most of whom apparently didnt read the whole blog or didnt read it carefully, didn't see any of you carcasses at the table making your voices heard. Seems to me that whole foods went in to make a point, it wasn't an option to ban the GE foods so they went in from their strongest position which was to push for restrictions and protection of non-GE crops. So what if banning wasn't an option-should they have sat on their hands like all you complainers did and done nothing? They went in and tried to make all our voices heard with the parameters that were provided. Thank you Whole Foods for spending the money and making the effort to keep things non-GE. And thanks for the non GE 365 foods. I for one will keep driving 135 miles each way to Omaha to shop at Whole Foods until they get one built here in Des Moines. Complainers...put up or shut up-get off your duffs and make an effort to be heard. Dont wait for others to do it for you and then criticize their efforts.
04/18/2011 12:23:07 PM CDT
Alaina says ...
All the more reason to grow as much of your own food as possible.
04/27/2011 11:20:50 PM CDT
cynthia moon says ...
Whole Foods and Stonyfield will no longer get my business. I am not buying your PR. I am going to talk to my friends about your decision to support the coexist of certified organic crops with the genetically engineered Monsanto crops....bad decision and a complete sell-out.
07/29/2011 2:42:52 AM CDT
Lauren Hales says ...
Sorry about the previous post. Anyway, it was good to read your side of the story. I shop at Whole Foods and I respected the fact it was a natural and organic store. I became concerned when I read the article that was basically calling Whole Foods, StonyField Farms and Organic Valley...traders.
06/26/2011 11:21:40 PM CDT
Sad day says ...
WFM should refuse to sell foods containing GE/GMO's. Isn't that why we all shop there to begin with? Maybe we should start a Facebook group "whole foods please do not support GE/GMO's". After WFM sees how their consumers react to this then maybe they will stop selling foods made from GE crops.
08/27/2011 12:10:48 PM CDT
Andrea Juillerat says ...
Even if your defense is true, the fact that your so called "natural" foods aren't that much different than anything else around makes it awfully hard to justify your prices. People are willing to pay more for REAL organic food, not kinda-sorta-mostly organic food. "The policy set for GE alfalfa will most likely guide policies for other GE crops as well. True coexistence is a must." - Whole Foods Market, Jan. 21, 2011 This is from you guys right? Sounds like capitulation to me, and while I do appreciate you fighting for some regulations, you failed utterly to win any. In fact, this makes the actual labels "natural" or "organic" pretty worthless, how can we trust them? How can we trust you, the 'BIG organics' to stand strong or at least be honest about the kind of food you sell? I'm sorry, but we are left with only one choice: local co-ops. Our local co-op is expensive, but you are just as expensive! The choice isn't a difficult one to make.
07/11/2011 8:23:31 PM CDT
Joanne Wang says ...
Is there any way to get public's effort together to stop Monsanto and corrupted FDA and USDA. These two agencies and Monsanto's greedy plot has to be exposed to a bigger public to make know to all US citizens. I believe a big portion of US citizens do not want GMO foods in their kitchen, but lack of the knowlege that they have been fed GMO soy and corn all these time. I'm not aware of the issue until I saw Food Inc, and there are still many many people are not aware of it. There must be a way to maybe cooperate with celebrities to bring this issue to national attention and stop this evil company Monsanto, before it ruins the whole World, and health of generations to come.
10/21/2011 3:24:49 PM CDT
ali says ...
I've always felt bad about Whole Foods not being pure (you can tell by the prices always ending in .99, the low quality employees who don't even eat health foods, the massive pushing of crap sugar products, etc) and this just proves it further. It's so obvious they are just out for the buck. Shame on WF. Boycott!
05/27/2011 12:19:06 PM CDT
Marianne Maunsell says ...
A simple question to all you folk out there that are threatening to boycott Wholefoods: where are you gonna shop? cos all foodstores sell products that may contain GMO's. No store labels GMO's, the only way to be sure of GMO free food is where the manufacturers label their own food or buy organic. Rather then attacking the guys who are on our side, we should be trying to persuade companies to remove GMO's and label their products, tell the government to make labeling mandatory and educate ourselves, to make the right choices when buying food etc for ourselves and our families
05/28/2011 12:23:43 PM CDT
June Park says ...
Well as we have seen in the past, the United States powers that be only care about money, not health or human rights. Please continue to clearly label your foods so I can continue to purchase allergen and GMO free food for my son and daughters. Vote out all incumbents, vote in human rights! Thanks for all you do!
01/23/2012 11:48:27 PM CST
apples says ...
@Disappointed and others: This is a very sticky money-lined subject, and you can't expect Whole Foods to have anywhere NEAR the sway of Monsanto. The guy at the USDA that's leading these 'negotiations' is the former governor of Iowa and had his campaign privately funded by Monsanto. All of the organic-minded companies in the world put together do not have the lobby power of Monsanto alone, let alone the whole biotech industry. The USDA people had already made up their minds (or had their minds made up for them), they just invited these companies to come visit for appearances and to make themselves look better, and then some media sites saw this as a good opportunity to poke a jibe at some of the biggest companies in the organic market. I'm not a huge supporter of WFM but I think they got a bad rap on this one. OCA is the PETA of the organic food world. They are extreme, and I think the best way to view the whole situation is with skepticism and wait it out to see what happens. We will be able to tell in time if WFM and the others are going to receive any 'compensation' or whatnot, though I doubt they will. the government isn't good at making promises.
09/01/2011 8:36:19 AM CDT
janejohnson says ...
@Donna We cannot speak to the products sold at other grocers. However, we do recommend you do your own homework on the GM products sold at all stores.
02/02/2012 9:24:50 AM CST
Annie Pierce says ...
@bianca. Yes, you're right! I was quite surprised to see that Tom Vilsack was appointed Secretary over the Department of Agriculture! Now, their people are in place to consistently remove our CHOICES when it comes to food, health and medical care! Unless WE THE PEOPLE gain the COURAGE to do MORE than just passively complain about this MASSIVE INJUSTICES against our good health, this situation will ONLY GET WORSE! We KNOW the names and faces of the people who are leading these attacks on our food, health and medical freedoms! It's high time that SOMETHING PERMANENT was done to let them know that WE THE PEOPLE are NOT going to LAY DOWN FOR their insatiable greed in trading OUR suffering, death and destruction for DOLLARS! This information just leads me to believe that everybody needs to at least start saving seeds from their VERIFIED organic fruits and vegetables and begin growing their own organic food in their yards, houses, apartments, roofs, wherever you have space, because it's WAR!!!.. and time implement BACK TO BASICS SURVIVAL TACTICS, right now!
10/20/2011 12:47:19 AM CDT
Health Freedom says ...
The government is so bought off you cannot even trust the USDA organic seal anymore. Such a disgrace to humanity!
01/24/2012 3:27:48 AM CST
Priscilla says ...
I understand the extent of lobbying power in DC, and it pains me to see that even large corporations like yourself are dwarfed by companies like Monsanto. In an effort to assist with what I believe is a mutual desire to protest, I say consumers agree to simply make a personal ban on said crops. I personally avoid any product containing soy and corn partly because of this issue. With this knowledge, I will also no longer purchase ANY alfalfa sprouts form here on in. There are many other sprouts we can buy, grow and consume, so if Monsanto wants alfalfa, I do NOT.
01/26/2012 11:55:23 AM CST
Carla says ...
WF has brought so much positive into your homes.....how can you be so quick to judge when a solution to this is not currently an option, on such a large scale? They support local farms and even allow them to set up outside in their parking lots during season.......you can't stop the wind from blowing or the wildlife from roaming. That is a major part of cross contamination. Focus on the awareness WF has created. That,s the first step towards progress.
09/17/2011 10:18:05 AM CDT
Cherie says ...
When forced to pick between deregulation with no restrictions and deregulation with restrictions---there really wasn't a choice. When you lose a battle, there isn't much to do but try and surrender with at least some restrictions and precautions and get as much as you can. The USDA is shoving GMO foods down the throats of Americans. The labeling of these foods is what we really need. If Americans don't want and don't buy GMO contaminated foods, then there is no profit in it for these big companies producing GMO foods and seeds and they will go away. We need to keep pushing for fair labeling of our food and the idea of starting local is a good one. Better yet, if Americans all started growing their own food, buying from small-local organic growers and meat raisers we wouldn't have to buy anything from the stores and would be self reliant. We grow all our own food and can it, jam it, dry it and raise our own meat. We buy locally from others doing the same--they can be trusted. The USDA cannot be trusted to keep our food safe. Eat smart people. Raise it yourself. Then you know what's in your food. It is so simple to grow, harvest and preserve your own food. Learn it now.
09/19/2011 11:55:25 AM CDT
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10/20/2011 2:17:34 AM CDT
janejohnson says ...
UPDATE: Whole Foods market has no ties with Monsanto. This is a lingering rumor that came out of some widespread misinformation that the Organic Consumers Association distributed in early 2011. The issue rose when WFM and several others in the organic food industry testified at a congressional hearing in support of farmers’ rights to grow Non-GMOcrops. Because we did not take the exact hard-line stance that the OCA did, they accused of “being in bed with Monsanto,” and the rumor developed further from there. Whole Foods Market has no ties to Monsanto, and did nothave any interaction with the company concerning this or any other issue. For a good description of what really happened, here’s a link to a Washington Post story. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/genetically-modified-crops-get-boost-over-organics-with-recent-usda-rulings/2011/03/10/ABAAWNLB_story.html For those who have heard that Whole Foods Market has been “bought by Monsanto,” a quick trip to our investor relations page on our web site will show that we are a public company.
01/25/2012 10:56:01 AM CST
christy says ...
There is no way that I can support Whole Foods, Organic Valley or Stoneyfield anymore. I have been informed on GMO's for years now and as a mother of two young boys I refuse to put my money in the pockets of those who clearly don't see the big picture. We needed your vigilant support to fight for the health of our children and our futures and instead backed down. You are in bed with Monsanto. Shame on you(:
01/24/2012 11:19:18 PM CST
Fresno, CA says ...
Thank you for your pioneering and support of non-GMO food. Please keep up the fight! I have printed the NON-GMO food list and will be shopping it and supporting it!!
11/25/2011 10:47:23 PM CST
Annie Pierce says ...
The more I think about the fact that they are letting GMO Foods be grown without restrictions, almost insures that neighboring organic crops will be contaminated, leading to lawsuits by Monsanto(see videos)! Seems that WE THE PEOPLE need to DEMAND (or see to it) that ALL the GMO crops be BURNED, to insure that contamination does not occur! I think such an action is warranted, especially when you view video, THE FUTURE OF FOOD, found here... http://www.yournaturalcancercures.com/cancer-diet-3/the-future-of-food, and the research done by Jeffrey M. Smith at http://vimeo.com/6575475 These videos prove without a doubt that WE THE PEOPLE really need to STAND UP for our FREEDOM OF FOOD CHOICE right now, or they will cease to exist!!
10/20/2011 1:19:47 AM CDT

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