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Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@BONNIE - I have confirmed with our Private Label team that the 365 breads are in fact sourced to avoid GMOs. Keep in mind that products cannot be labeled as "GMO-free" as there are variances due to cross-pollination, etc.
12/11/2012 4:54:00 PM CST
Kyla says ...
Thank you for supporting Prop 37 in spirit. It is sad that you could not have donated to help pass it. I am sure you would have made a difference. My experience as a customer is this. If it says organic or GMO free I know it does not have GMO's in it. But there are huge variety of food items that you sell that does not say organic or GMO free so I just stare at it and wonder. Then I sadly put it back on the shelf and do not buy it. Please return to selling more organics and less conventional foods.
12/13/2012 2:19:09 PM CST
Kara Kroeger says ...
I am really glad that Wheatsville COOP will be opening in South Austin soon, as I will prefer to shop there over Whole Foods as much as possible. I agree with the disappointment expressed by so many Whole Foods customers regarding the way you handled Prop 37. GMO awareness and regulation has been something you have been preaching for over 15 years, and when the time came to really step up and make a difference you totally dropped the ball. The last minute efforts you made do not make up for your lack of commitment to this issue on a bigger level, outside of your store. Whole Foods has a lot of clout and your dollars do have great influence. I think in this case changing your policy about donating to support a ballot, or maybe having John Mackey donate from his own personal funds would have been appropriate. Get it together!
12/14/2012 10:37:50 AM CST
jeanne.pedigo says ...
I believe that your stores are full of gmo's and that you have been very quiet about this matter. The deli counters are full of foods cooked with canola oil. I do not eat any of it because I am fairly certain that the canola oil is a gmo oil. Why has Wholefoods not taken a stand against gmo's. The lame support of prop 37 on the part of Wholefoods tells me that you have no intention of standing against gmo's.
12/26/2012 8:00:20 PM CST
A. Emilio says ...
If Whole Foods was really concerned about this issue, then they would independently mark all products that they sell which have GMO's. They would require this before they even sold the product in their stores. I feel that your corporation is like the rest; concerned about money and ultimately not looking out for the health and well being of your customers, yet this is how you market yourselves. It is deeply concerning to me, and the only reason why there has not been an overwhelming number of complaints is because of a highly uneducated public. This is not the public's fault because they have been withheld the accurate information regarding GMO's. Be the ethical leader. Mothers (your number one customer) will thank you and be loyal!!!!! Customer loyalty will make you more money in the end.
01/04/2013 11:09:49 PM CST
Jason Colier says ...
If I can't tell what foods have gmo in them then I will NOT shop at your store. Whe need some ethics here.
01/14/2013 1:41:04 PM CST
Jason Colier says ...
Are there any gmo free grocery stores around? We should start one here in Georgia. IF WHOLE FOODS HAVE GMOS IN THEM THEN NOT FOR ME. If you care so much about consumers rights then you should set an example and require lebeling.
01/14/2013 1:44:48 PM CST
Morganthatsme says ...
I love whole foods... Thank you sooo much for providing me and my family with a place where, even though GMOs still are present, it is much less work to find out whether or not what I'm eating is a better product. Which it is 99% of the time.. So Thank you Again. Please continue to be a company with integrity. We need you to be. It's so important to our Country and our World.
01/15/2013 1:46:40 PM CST
CJose says ...
I have been a supporter of whole foods from opening of the first store in Millburn NJ. I remain very disappointed in your lies and cover up. It was You who revolutionized the industry and made organic more accessible. You helped farmers and small businesses grow. I remembered when you would drop companies and remove the products from your shelves when you found out they were not living up to your business model. Your loyal, well informed customers like me believed in you and relied on you to ensure these standards. That is why we agreed to pay the high prices and support your company. Some where along the line your share holders and you changed your business model and decided to withhold this vital information from your customers. Now you are like every other company defrauding the consumers... because we are now paying inflated prices for the same goods that can be found in Walmart / Target/ and every other store out there.... yes you carry organic and whole food. You are one of the top cash ranking companies out there. You could have afforded to maintain your business model or at least inform the consumers you were switching up.. It was you who revolutionized the industry long before the discussion of labeling. You give us the assurance we were willing to pay for it. We believed on Whole foods. Now you pretend you weren't caught selling GMOs and that it's the Government fault for not regulating. Even if you support Prop 37 your behavior and attempt to defraud the public reminds us that NO one can be trusted to DO THE RIGHT THING!!!! Your employees still don't know anything about your involvement with GMOs. The thing is there is still no other company out there that can compete with Whole foods so I am sure sales will continue to be strong. Most of your customers are making excuses for you and are still willing to stand by you. I am sure behind the closed doors you are counting your money wiping the sweat off your forehead and thanking your lucky stars. Lets be clear there is No difference between you and Walmart ... well except for your prices.
01/19/2013 12:54:00 PM CST
Tonyia Johnson says ...
I am so upset to find out you sell GMO products.I have only been a customer of Whole Foods for about a year now because I have been trying to feed my family good wholesome foods.I was told by one of your employees that every company us investigated and Whole Foods will not sell any products that are not GOOD!!! There is no information in your store on wich products are GMO. Very sneeky!!!! I am gonna demad a list of every product that has GMO products when I go back from the store manager. I am so disappointed I cant even tell you. So much for Whole Foods really caring about their customers. Parents are feeding their children that garbage and you new it. Shame on you for not caring enough to say NO we wont carry your product its NOT SAFE!!!! Oh and yes you do have the power to demand labeling and what products and from wich company you carry. Hope someone will care enuogh about one moms cocerns to actually do something rather than just hitting delete on this.
01/27/2013 2:49:02 PM CST
Audrey says ...
You won't donate money to Prop 37....but you will hang signs encouraging people to vote??? Do the right thing Whole Foods.
01/28/2013 8:48:23 PM CST
Jennifer says ...
WHOLE FOODS, some of us a single parents with a budget and we shop at your stores to get excellent organic food. Now this? good think i looked at the video. If you really wanted to support "your customers" you would donate and support the cause. WOW!!! I am very disappointed in this.... I guess your food is not whole at all. I guess back to fry’s and Wal-Mart it is if im goin to spend more money for the same product. All this time I thought I was buying whole foods. The jock is on me. What a shame Whole Foods!
01/29/2013 12:02:25 PM CST
Denise Wardosky says ...
I have trusted Whole foods for many years. After, believing like so many that your store did not carry GMO products, to now find out you do and don’t feel the need to label them is an absolute disgrace. Whole foods needs to be held accountable and do the right thing such as: 1) Make a large donation to Proposition 37 in California. 2) Announce a timeline requirement for all foods sold through Whole Foods to be labeled with their GMO content. 3) Proactively educate Whole Foods employees and customers about the reality of genetically modified foods being sold throughout the stores. I will be telling many of my friends to do their own research and they will see how we have all been deceived by your company. I for one will not support Whole foods any longer, until you financially get behind Proposition 37 in California.
01/29/2013 6:57:50 PM CST
Jacob workman says ...
You say you are against Gmo foods yet you DO NOT LABLE YOUR FOODS THAT HAVE GMO. You are a huge consumer of Monsanto corn products, and you didn't really support the prop. Because you continue to buy Gmo products. Your lack of training on this, the lack of initiative to change it, and the videos on YouTube really speak more loudly than this little response to getting caught red handed. Just make the switch to no Gmo foods at all, OR Label your Gmo foods as dangerous, since Europe and Canada have already decided that the crap will kill us. Gmo foods cause intestinal bloating and death in livestock, and alot of today's illnesses are caused by inflammation, which is what we see in these livestock. Kids are dying, losing their ability to think because of this danger, and you support it. If your really against Gmo, PROVE IT.
01/31/2013 12:29:44 PM CST
Dennis Christie says ...
Quit selling GMO products in your stores. I was in the Roseville Ca store 1/28/13 and was horrified to see 2 GIANT displays of GMO FILLED CORN CHIPS. One was your "365" brand. So maybe you should now call yourself "PARTIALLY WHOLE FOODS". Since seeing that display, I am seeking other alternatives for WHOLE FOODS" besides yours. SHAME ON YOU FOR SUPPORTING GMO FILLED FOODS. Put a display in your store saying. "WE SUPPOET MONSANTO"
02/02/2013 1:57:34 PM CST
Mimi says ...
How very hypocritical, Whole Foods. You say that you are opposed to GMOs and support Prop 37 while you continue to make money off of GMO products! I feel totally betrayed by you and will be looking for another place to shop. You are shameful.
02/03/2013 11:16:16 PM CST
Sandra says ...
Can some of the people here who are so unhappy, so discouraged, so unhappy please explain to me exactly HOW to track the food that IS GMO? Why aren't you unhappy with the companies making the foods that contain the GMOs? Would you rather Whole foods didn't carry the $5 tofu you do desperately want? What if it's now $10. They're already called "Whole Paycheck" -- do you think that these companies making tofu (SILK) or corn chip (XOHICHLE?) know exactly where every bean/kernel comes from, what their genetic makeup is? where their parent beans/kernals came from? and back and back 100 years? It's EASY TO FIND NON-GMO PRODUCTS AT WHOLE FOODS, or any retailer for that matter. GO ORGANIC. BUY 365. it's not that hard. At least we're not dealing with that horrific horsemeat issue. And for what it's worth, regarding the political contributions: what happens when Whole Foods donates to something you DON'T
02/16/2013 2:01:38 AM CST
collegehannahjoe says ...
You falsey advertised to a whole nation even if you do not state that you are fully organic , you seem pretty okay with people thinking that way. Why? Because you need money? Whereever the money is, you will go. You are a company for heavens sake. Now Monsanto. Monsanto is a sick group with their terminator seeds and food that makes me itch and grow sore all over (thanks gmo). Why do they seemed so fixed on even duping everyone into trying their poisinous food (even people who are against it ). Very sneaky and sketchy with a dirty agenda If terminator seeds hurt plants and kill them after a year , think what that does to our bodies every year. The shoppers aren't as ignorant as thought to be. I will be purchasing from farmers marker and trader joes.
02/17/2013 6:24:34 AM CST
collehannahjoe says ...
Seriously, you got the video removed from Youtube. Please don't blame it on a few workers and no permission to shop there. You removed it because you are caught in a lie and it's bad for business. Whole foods got the vid deleted from that heavily corp loving site youtube. So sad , you sold out. Where are you now during this post? Brushing it under the rug.
02/17/2013 6:32:33 AM CST
Claudia says ...
Thank you for your update about evaluating your company policy of "We are not offering a financial donation to the effort because we do not contribute to political campaigns or ballot initiatives as a company policy." It is really good to hear you are re-evaluating that policy. Sometimes, although you are supporting an issue by mouth (signs in the store, etc), you need to do more when you have means to do more! Not supporting a political campaign or ballot initiative is an across the board policy which I can understand, but there are some things that affect our health and your products and I would assume a desire to provide us, as customers, healthy food (like providing non-GMO foods). I believe if you labeled all the GMO foods in the stores, the sales of those items would go down to almost nothing. That would show you how important this issue is to most of us, if you didn't already know! Thank you for clarifying the issue and why it became such a big issue for Whole Foods. All policies need to be re-evaluated at some point, and sometimes you need to make a special exception to a certain policy - especially when it affects the health of your customers, and the "health" of those foods is part of the reason why they choose to come shopping at Whole Foods! Now, the question is, where do you go from here to make certain that you can provide more non-GMO foods? Thank you
02/18/2013 4:26:04 PM CST
Plue says ...
What a joke.. Seriously, if WF cared about its customers, they would label and offer a list of foods that are genetically engineered. Is it that hard? Can't we know? Shame.
02/18/2013 10:32:58 PM CST
j says ...
As a loyal customer of Wholefoods, one who is willing to pay premium prices to purchase a significant portion of my groceries from your stores (even when I can get comparable merchandise cheaper elsewhere) to support your concept, i find it ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS that Wholefoods is not aggressively FINANCIALLY supporting the fight to label GMO foods. This is the one of the MOST CRITICAL issue to face humanity in the modern age. The very foundation of the global food supply is at stake. I will be shopping elsewhere until you change this policy.
02/23/2013 2:19:12 PM CST
Karen says ...
Bottom line...YOU...WHOLE FOODS...CAN label your products as GMO within your stores, correct. Skirting the issue by talking about this prop is NOT clearing up the issue at hand. Nothing artificial, correct? I believe genetic MODIFICATION literally screams artificial! This is truly insulting as a response to such a big discretion! Give us real answers...not what you are trying to do...what ARE you doing AT YOUR STORES...start there...you can make a difference there!!!!
02/24/2013 11:07:46 PM CST
John says ...
I'll surely tell this to all my friends!!! I'll avoid you big time!!! I'm from Europe, and was kind of happy to find a store without GMO. I was kind of affraid of comming to the US. It was mostly due to obesity, cancer and other health issues which many claim are related to the food you eat. I thought I found a store I just had to avoid corn syrup and I was good. Even Europe has started leaning towards GMO, so I believe it can only get harder to get real food here. ...and You made it even harder now!!
02/27/2013 9:32:55 PM CST
Dora says ...
I was disappointed that Whole Foods did not donate funds against GMO labeling. I recently read in Mike Adams "News Letter" that Whole Foods uses organic foods from China. This is the last straw for me. I always shop at the Briarcliff or Paces Ferry Rd Whole Foods but not any more. Eden Foods is just as easy to travel to and apparently have much more character to boot.
02/28/2013 2:56:24 PM CST

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