Clarifying the Tenets of Responsibly Grown

Responsibly Grown is a comprehensive rating system for fresh produce and floral products designed to help our customers make more informed choices about the produce they buy. The system includes factors not addressed by organic standards. In just eight months, more than 200 suppliers have enrolled in the program. More are joining. Five growers who have not yet applied to participate in the program sent an open letter late last week to our Co-CEO, John Mackey, about concerns they have regarding how Responsibly Grown is currently scored. We are speaking with these growers this week to listen to their concerns and clarify some of their misperceptions about the program. Meanwhile, in the spirit of transparency, I’d like to share our counter-points to their letter below, which are provided by Edmund LaMacchia, Global Vice President of Perishable Purchasing and primary executive sponsor of the Responsibly Grown program at Whole Foods Market. Edmund has been an advocate for organic agriculture throughout his entire career, and has worked for years with organic suppliers of all kinds to develop strong and lasting win-win relationships with Whole Foods Market.

Helping to Stop Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing

Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing continues to be a problem across our oceans. Legislation is critically important to enable the US to play a stronger role in combating illegal foreign fishing and to level the playing field for companies like ours who are working hard to source legal and responsibly produced seafood.

The Solution Under Our Feet: How Regenerative Organic Agriculture can Save the Planet

One critical and virtually unknown issue is still missing from today’s conversation about food, and it’s literally under our feet. It’s also a solution to climate change. John W. Roulac, founder and CEO of the superfoods company Nutiva, shares insights into how regenerative organic agriculture can save the planet.

Debate on Nutritional Science

I debated Nina Teicholz at a Junto meeting in New York City. The proposition: "An animal foods/low-carb diet is unhealthy compared with a 90+% plant diet that excludes sugar and refined grain products.” I, of course, spoke in favor of the proposition and Teicholz against. She is author of The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet. You can see the entire debate here.


Biodynamic Farming: A Farm-Forward Approach

If you are a concerned eater or farmer, you should know about biodynamics. Biodynamic is a farm-forward approach to healing the planet through conscious agriculture.

Slow Food USA Tells Stadiums to Up Their Game

You’re invited to join Slow Food USA in the next stage of the showdown between better meat and the industrial grid. Show your support with by hosting a #Nose2Tailgate this Sunday for the big game.

It’s Time For a Change: Sign the Slow Food Manifesto

If the approaching December holidays are inducing pangs of dread, consider December 10, Terra Madre Day, as your escape valve — a day to remember why we live, why we eat and why we cherish each other.

6 Tips for Shopping if Avoiding GMOs

Got 90 seconds? Learn 6 tips for shopping if avoiding GMOs. Happy Non-GMO Month!

GMO Fast Facts

October is Non-GMO Month, so it’s the perfect time to share some of the basics of genetically modified organisms, as well as delve into the details.

Why I Buy Organic

Coach Mark Smallwood of the Rodale Institute shares the one simple thing he looks for when grocery shopping and how it helps the environment, our health, our families and our communities.


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