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Theresa Turner says ...
I am committed to shopping almost exclusively at Whole Foods Markets because of its' position on supporting local farms, organic farming, animal wellfare standards, and non-GMO foods supplied to its stores. At every opportunity I sing it's praises, not only to nieghbors, friends and co-workers, but also to countless individuals with whom I come in to contact with on a daily basis as a frontline employee with a major commercial airline. Thank you for the reasurance that I will not be forced to abandon my loyalty to Whole Foods nor will I be compelled to report to those afore mentioned that I was wrong to entrust Whole Foods with the integrity that I extended them. I am confident that Whole Foods will continue to be vigilant in its commitment to refrain from entering into any and all agreements which would condone and therefore promote the sale of Monsanto's GMO crops in its stores.
12/29/2011 3:08:11 PM CST
Daniel Holeman says ...
If Whole Foods really wants to do the right thing, they will forget all about co-existence which only seems to mean the increasing spread of Monsanto's power and really take a stand. They don't have to wait for labeling. They can label their own foods as non-GMO right now without waiting for a government OK. And they can simply stop selling any conventionally grown food, as way to ensure they are not GMO, or just as bad, grown with pesticides, herbicides and synthetic oil based fertilizers. Whole Foods made some sort of deal and now they're trying to cover up for it. They put most of the small health and natural food stores out of business or bought them. And over the years, their organic produce has shrunk until most stores have an equal or even larger conventional section. It may be time for a Whole Foods boycott until they put their support for healthy organic food into action instead of merely writing or talking about it. Many Whole Foods stores now look almost exactly like your average supermarket except with higher prices and more processes luxury foods. There has been a definite drift over the past five years. I suppose that's the price of success and high stock prices. But at some point you have to make the decision that you're either for ethics, truth, health and honesty or simply for greed. It would appear Whole Foods has been drifting toward the later. It's the easiest way to go in the US. But a large boycott may help them turn away from the dark side. - Peter Cutler
01/31/2012 2:17:00 AM CST
Rochelle Smith says ...
Dear Whole Food, I am sadden by the articles I have read about Whole Foods and Monsantose Corporation. I feel like it is the incorruptable vs. the corruptable. I pray that this will be the only opening given to Monsantose. I hope you will do your research in the future to prevent other GM products transfers. Have a great day! Rochelle Smith
11/03/2011 11:13:34 AM CDT
Cassandra Amesley says ...
Thanks for fighting on this. Does this mean there'll be no point in buying "100% grass-fed beef" after next spring? I'm feeling gloomy about ever getting a healthy diet living in the United States.
11/05/2011 4:42:27 PM CDT
Nataly says ...
I see many people here are upset with WFM. I wonder, if you people want to change things in GE foods arena, then why don't you? Why Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley, and Stony Field Farms are fighting this by themselves? I have just found out the details of it and I am sure there are many people out there, who do not even know about it. Is there any way to make this public to see, if there are enough people who cares to make a difference? Aren't we THE PEOPLE? Monsanto goes out of it's way to get united with like-minded companies, organizations, political forces, etc. They know where the power is. Shouldn't we do the same? If we will not be getting together on this and still be each in our corner, as we are, how in the world we think we can win this battle? Monsanto is a huge company with billions. And let me add, billions made on us, the people, buying their products. Where are they going to get this money, if no one will buy what they have to offer? We, the people, like to think that there will always be someone else out there fighting for what we need. We are quick to judge and to require. But slow and unsure, when it comes to us doing something. We already have air that we can not breathe, food that we can not eat, ocean that we can not swim in, children with diseases never seen before. What will it take for people to feel like it is "enough" and to be willing to put in effort into changing it?
01/20/2012 11:04:01 PM CST
Michelle Cohen says ...
I am so relieved to hear the story behind the story. I was about to boycott WF when I read the OCA's article. So important to check out the information you read before you take any action!
01/06/2012 12:04:09 PM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Cassandra In this case, the best thing to do is buy organic beef. Our Organic Suppliers source the non GMO alfalfa wherever they can find it since this is one of the requirements for organic.
11/10/2011 3:26:46 PM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Ted Please read our responses posted above. Also, I have sent you an email containing information about the media rumors that have been circulating.
02/01/2012 3:23:56 PM CST
Frank Falconer says ...
The fact that GE foods are being slyly fed into our communities is very disappointing? Education is a key component to this issue and the main way to directly educate consumer is through labeling. This forces the farming community to as one more label to their packaging. The fact is using Genetic Modifications (GM) to combat pesticides like “round up” is taking farming down the wrong path all together. It should be banned. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 70% of the pollution in our rivers and streams come from traditional farming. The answer is not combating pesticides and altering the genetics of the plants. The answer is creating new urban farming concepts that are better for the environment. Companies like FusionPharm Inc (www.fusionpharminc.com) operate on 20% of the water equivalent of traditional farming, require no pesticides, and are a closed loop system. This equates to no run‐off of harmful wastewater pollutants entering rivers or streams, creating a more environmentally‐friendly solution to farming. What’s the end result? A cleaner environment and healthier non-GM produce being infused into our communities.
02/01/2012 4:07:56 PM CST
Deborah says ...
I thank Whole Foods for existing, and using its own funds to fight the battles, on behalf of consumers, against the USDA-Monsanto types. Whole Foods is my favorite food store and, for the past few years, my only food store. From: A loyal customer.
02/01/2012 7:17:10 PM CST
Donna Souza says ...
I was told by the workers at Trader Joe's that they do not sell GM foods and that all products they sell are checked out to be of the highest quality.
02/01/2012 7:25:05 PM CST
Fishguy says ...
Your position seems rational and nuanced, but the problem is that short of growing GE crops in bio-domes, with contained bee populations, it is nearly impossible to avoid cross-pollination. At the very least, what Whole Foods has done by taking this position (along with organic-food-producing-giant Cascadian Farms), was to "move to the center", taking at least SOME of the pressure off the USDA to keep tight controls on this technology. I am disappointed.
02/01/2012 8:16:57 AM CST
Bruce Alan says ...
When it comes to money, power I don't trust anybody including whole foods. They might of started out with good intentions but now that have gotten so big, they now have to bargain with companies like Monsanto to stay in business. Let's look at this with some common sense. Monsanto genetically engineers seeds that will not dye when sprayed with Monsanto product roundup, but what is bad for us is it kills humans and animals, caused cancer and many other problems. And what is worse, it palutes the earth so nothing other than Monsanto Genetically engineered seeds will grow (all our egges in one basket comes to mind). Monsanto and the USDA says this is not true, roundup will not hurt anybody, it is biodegradele and not harmful to humans. I wonder why cancer is a a all time high even thought we put trillions world wide and more reasearch sientists working on it. Remember years ago when congress brought in the heads of the tobacco companies and asked each of them if tobacco was harmful and addictive and each one said No? Who you going to trust. All the organic farms that are now closed down because of monsanto and our government. They are not going after the omish farmers. If a GE seed or pollen happens to get into a organic farm, mosanto can shut them down and take any profits they made for previous years. This is now a law. Until I see proof that none of your foods are GM or contaminated by GM, i will shop at my local farmers markets where i can go see for myself.
12/29/2011 2:48:47 PM CST
Daniel Holeman says ...
Whole Foods can stop spending time and effort trying to make themselves look better than they are and use that time and money to become better than they are. Take a Stand. OCCUPY USDA!!!! Stand for HEALTH, not WEALTH!!!
01/31/2012 2:19:12 AM CST
mrmatt says ...
No longer shopping at whole foods. Will WF prices drop as their standards do? Their basis of premium pricing seems to NOT EXIST.
02/01/2012 7:12:04 PM CST
Marcy says ...
Thank you so much for your continued efforts. It takes courage and compassion. I'm grateful for your work.
01/26/2012 10:36:45 AM CST
Daniel Holeman says ...
You are acting as if you were unjustly targeted by OCA. You are multi-billion dollar company. OCA is getting more done than you and they are operating on a few thousand dollars budget. You deserve the attacks because you have not done enough to fight the USDA. Put some of your profits to good use! Fight the USDA! They are working for Monsanto. You must know that. You definitely put profits above people. They stopped having Raw Milk in our whole foods as they were afraid of legal fights. You may has well just call yourselves Safeway! Where are your principles?! Whole Foods sells out health for profit, end of story.
01/30/2012 11:12:43 PM CST
Debby Shapiro says ...
I understand your postition and your claims. To completely support it why dont you voluntarily intorduce GMO free, or contains GMO labling. Be the first to do it. Otherwise I doubt your sincerity. Sincerely Debby Shapiro, regular Whole Foods Customer who is looking elsewhere to shop
01/17/2012 10:31:01 AM CST
Ted B says ...
You lost me as a customer. I will never spend another penny at your stores even if that means going to multiple stores to get my shopping done. You are now part of the problem, I hope to see WF crash and burn. you've sold your integrity, hope it was worth it.
02/01/2012 12:50:03 PM CST
Joe Riante says ...
"Organic Valley, Whole Foods and Stonyfield Farm, along with many others in the organic community, were doing everything in their power to secure protections for organic farmers so that if their fields were contaminated once the GMO alfalfa was released, biotechnology companies for the first time would be held accountable for their pollution and would be forced to pay for the damages" I've been a Whole Foods customer since 1990. I have successfully battled diseases that many people have died from. I have cured myself by consuming specific (fresh and organic only) foods, juices and probiotics, along with a variety of non-food chemical-free products, all purchased under one-roof, at Whole Foods Markets, which I depend upon to remain healthy and cancer-free. Suffice it to say, if it weren't for Whole Foods Market, I would probably be dead. With that said, and in reference to the above quote ... One cannot hold Sociopaths accountable for anything because they don't have the ability to take responsibility for their actions ... not even on their best day. People who do not have a conscience lack a moral compass. They do not have the ability to respond or to react responsibly. The ability simply isn't there. To them, laws and regulations are a game ... a game that they must win. This is what defines them and this is why they are called sociopaths. They band together because, well, power is in numbers. They are hell-bent on controlling the world's food supply. I am not a pessimist - I am a realist. Thanks for your efforts, but sorry to say, realistically, I think we are somewhere between doomed and screwed.
02/05/2012 6:48:26 PM CST
Tiffany Villarreal says ...
Thank you Whole Foods for fighting the 'evil giant' Monsanto for so long, with your own funds. I'm saddened to read that during this day and age, when people are only becoming MORE aware of their food choices, that this is still happening. That companies with ethical standards and guidelines are still being 'bullied' into complying with companies (and USDA unfortunately) who do not share these respectful qualities. We will still purchase our ORGANIC, NON-GMO foods from your store, and have SIGNED THE PETITION to President Obama, pointing out the grave error made in this decision, this strong arming of a reputable company. Please continue your efforts for your consumers. We love the Whole Foods ideals and values and hope to see more decisions made in the right direction, non-GMO, organic farming support, and for the people who shop here. Thank you.
01/30/2012 7:17:54 PM CST
Caroline says ...
For those of you who think that Whole Foods isn't doing enough to support Non-GMO crops, please write or call your Congress people and get invovled with organizations like the Non-GMO Project. Whole Foods can't do all the work for an entire nation. Put your energy to good use and get active in the cause.
01/29/2012 2:25:04 PM CST
Tony says ...
What a disappointment. I shopped at WF because of the quality of the produce. It's only due time when all of our produce will be GE or GMO. Sure it's alfalfa; but it will spread to everything. Nice job giving into the "man".
01/31/2012 9:53:02 AM CST
marcie says ...
What I am confused about is what does the USDA have to do with whether or not you sale Non GMO? How can the USDA tell a grocery store they have to sale GMO foods? I'm so confused by this, please shed some light.
01/31/2012 9:58:02 AM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Marcie The USDA regulates how foods have to be labeled and what information those foods must share with the customer. This allows suppliers to "lie by omission." If WFM does not know there are GMOs in food then it becomes that much harder to fight against them.
01/31/2012 11:54:42 AM CST

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