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The Official Whole Foods Market® Blog
April 21, 2016
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The shopping, cooking, and eating habits of every day consumers are responsible for the bulk of wasted food, which is actually good news — it means we have the power to make a significant and immediate change in the food waste equation.
April 14, 2016
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As a long-time leader on limiting BPA, Whole Foods Market is committed to minimizing the use of BPA in canned goods where functional alternatives exist.
November 3, 2015
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Editorial Director Kara Chiles attended the second annual New York Times Food for Tomorrow conference last month. She shares highlights from influencers worth watching on topics from food waste to marine conversation.
April 29, 2015
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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.
March 2, 2015
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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.
January 26, 2015
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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.
December 9, 2014
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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.
September 30, 2014
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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.
September 26, 2014
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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.
September 11, 2014
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Do you think eating organic is better for you? This series shares some of the science behind the nutritional benefits of organic foods. First up: fruits and vegetables. Part two covers organic dairy and part three goes into pesticide residues.
September 11, 2014
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Do you think eating organic is better for you? This series shares some of the science behind the nutritional benefits of organic foods. First up: fruits and vegetables. Part two covers organic dairy and part three goes into pesticide residues.
September 11, 2014
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Do you think eating organic is better for you? This series shares some of the science behind the nutritional benefits of organic foods. First up: fruits and vegetables. Part two covers organic dairy and part three goes into pesticide residues.
August 25, 2014
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Whether you make breakfast from scratch or grab something to heat-n-eat, you can give yourself and your kids a better starting point when you shop with us. That’s because everything meets our standards; standards you won’t find anywhere else. No label reading required.
August 11, 2014
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Heading back to school is challenging enough without adding the whole “what’s-in-this-stuff-I’m-feeding-my-kid” thing. Let’s be honest: reading labels is a pain. At Whole Foods Market, we’ve done the homework for you. There are hundreds of ingredients found in food and body care products elsewhere that you will never find here.
July 28, 2014
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Do you enjoy a glass of organic orange juice to start your morning? This simple pleasure could be a thing of the past, and soon. Organic citrus could be wiped out by citrus greening disease. Here’s how you can help stop it.
July 20, 2014
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If you’re looking for the best and best-tasting foods, here are 10 tips for healthier back-to-school food choices.
May 23, 2014
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Canola oil at Whole Foods Market

Canola oil has been the subject of much misinformation over the years, and we’d like to set the record straight.

What is canola oil?

Canola oil comes from a specifically bred variety of rapeseed, which is part of the mustard family along with kale, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. Rapeseed oil has been a part of traditional diets in Eastern Europe, especially Poland, India, Japan, China and Canada for thousands of years.

November 9, 2013
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You may have noticed “Biodynamic®” on fresh and packaged products around our store. While the seeds of Biodynamic farming germinated in the early 1900s, they have begun to flourish more widely in recent years.

Biodynamic is an exciting — and a little bit complicated — way of growing crops. The short version is: Biodynamic = food grown well. Want to know more? Read on.

June 12, 2013
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Passionate about a healthy planet full of good food? Bees are key. Learn simple steps you can take to help keep the US bee population strong!
June 10, 2013
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"Wait, what?” – you may ask – “A grocery store can be certified organic?” Yes, it can and we are. Here’s what goes into it.
April 16, 2013
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Whether you are already committed to buying non-GMO, or you are just starting to learn about it, here are some key things to know about the Non-GMO Project and what it means when you see our little orange butterfly on a label.
April 14, 2013
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Three years ago, while attending a National Cattleman’s Beef Association trade show, I learned about a new generation of growth promotants for beef cattle. The discussions left me feeling concerned as the conversations were all focused on red meat yield per animal. While I wasn’t very familiar with the term beta agonist (which is a type of growth promotant), the mechanism that was being discussed reminded me of performance enhancement drugs commonly used by athletes.

March 27, 2013
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Steaming helps keep fresh veggies at their optimum for flavor and nutrition. Learn this simple healthy cooking technique and more from Health Starts Here™ chef Derek.
November 5, 2012
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I've been in the grocery business for more than 30 years. Since I opened my first store in Weaverville, California in 1977, I've talked to customers about everything from diet choices to recipes to organic gardening. Over that time I've had the opportunity to see firsthand what Whole Foods Market customers want­ is information about the food they're buying.

March 15, 2012
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Updated March 1, 2017

Editor's note: An inaccurate news story from 2008 has resurfaced on social media. We've updated this blog post to include an official response from Whole Foods Market: 

February 22, 2012
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Blogger Lisa Johnson set out to feed her family exclusively from Whole Foods Market for a USDA-calculated “thrifty” budget of $491.10 for 30 days. Read about her success.
February 21, 2012
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Blogger Lisa Johnson set out to feed her family exclusively from Whole Foods Market for a USDA-calculated “thrifty” budget of $491.10 for 30 days. Read about her success.
February 2, 2012
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Stop the insanity! I help with customer inquiries here at Whole Foods Market and we’ve been hearing some wild, off-base stories from folks around the country lately.

For brevity’s sake, I’m going to list them here in hopes of dispelling these rumors.

Rumor No. 1: Whole Foods Market has been bought by Monsanto. No! What crazy talk! We’ve never had any affiliation with that company. We are publicly traded; our majority shareholders are listed in documents filed with the SEC and, I promise, Monsanto is not on the list and never has been.

January 12, 2012
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The less you toss the more you save. Can a few minutes of focus on your fridge contents save money AND the planet?
October 7, 2011
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October 24th is a national day of awareness for healthy eating and affordable, accessible food. We’ve joined with Epicurious to help you plan a Food Day event.
September 28, 2011
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Find out what it means for a grocery store to be “certified organic” and why it’s so important to maintain organic integrity from seed to shopping cart.
September 17, 2011
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What does “organic” really mean? Find out the precise requirements and discover why supporting organic agriculture is so important.
September 2, 2011
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September is National Organic Harvest Month. Celebrate with us and check out the Top 10 Reasons to Go Organic!
August 28, 2011
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Let’s teach kids a new way to be picky. Pick whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies along with healthy proteins.
August 4, 2011
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Raising organic chicken is no simple undertaking. Learn what’s involved and how our organic chicken suppliers raise their birds.
July 7, 2011
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Miyun Park, Executive Director of Global Animal Partnerships, shares how their 5-Step Animal Welfare Standards are improving the lives of farm animals.
July 5, 2011
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Learn how we are supporting diabetic Doug Masiuk in his historic run across the U.S. to educate about healthier living and thwarting this epidemic.
April 8, 2011
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We do not sell any meat, fresh seafood, produce or dairy products from Japan. Learn more about how we are monitoring food safety and how you can provide assistance to survivors.
February 2, 2011
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We’re providing shoppers a new level of transparency about how farm animals are raised by offering beef, pork and chicken certified under the 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating™.
January 28, 2011
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It is difficult to express how disappointed we are by the USDA’s decision to completely deregulate genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa without restrictions. This news means farmers will now be able to plant Roundup Ready GE alfalfa without restrictions, beginning as soon as this spring.