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Tom Aeschliman says ...
I seriously doubt the integrity of your statements. I will not shop at whole foods again until I see real (financial) support for Prop 37 and other similar efforts by other states and local communities. Whole Foods truly has the clout to swing this issue, and until you decide to wield that clout for the well being of your customers count me out!
09/29/2012 9:18:42 AM CDT
John Eagle says ...
I don't care if your prices are higher than Walmart etc. The quality of the food is much higher. But is this changing and if so... why? This is how I take it... look for the unseen and undisclosed. Monsanto and those like it have long, powerful, and ruthless reaches. Is it possible that it and those like it have secretly informed Whole Foods leadership that GMO's are a no-win to oppose and to remain viable financially, legally, and commercially ; they can put up a good public front but better not make real political or financial efforts to oppose the New World Chaos?
09/29/2012 9:47:58 AM CDT
Jerry says ...
The ongoing Corporate sell out to GMO is a major concern because GMO are a legitimate health risk. Genetic manipulation violates the Laws of Man and Nature.For the most part the European Community has rejected these genetic manipulations and the recent French studies further proves GMO is dangerous. Most people do not understand the severity of this issue. In my health practice most every person I meet has stomach stress and it appears certain GMO organisms remain living in the intestinal tract creating digestive havoc. Therefore Altering the Genetic code of anything It is a gross violation of the Laws of Man with consequences far beyond the research available today. I trust YOU as the spokes person has a Consciousness beyond your pay check!
09/29/2012 9:54:17 AM CDT
NJ says ...
Whole Foods, your excuses for withholding financial support is lame at best. I have been shopping at your store less and less over the years because of the general decline, in my opinion, of the quality of your stores. Your supplement and bulk section has gotten smaller and smaller, your prices are outrageously high, and more an more non healthy items/labels that you can find at ANY old store are showing up on your shelves with more regularity. The bottom line is that you have been on my sh*t list for a while, I don't buy your lame excuse for not supporting Prop 37, and you have lost me as a customer. I will be encouraging others to do the same.
09/29/2012 10:02:40 AM CDT
L. German says ...
So as a company, you do not contribute to political campaigns or ballot initiatives, even though in this case it would clearly enhance your business plan. It seems your CEO's could donate quite generously, personally, to prop 37, with absolutely no conflict of interest. Many of your vendors and suppliers are attempting to defeat the measure, but still want to market in your store compromising H.F.M. stated world-view. If H.F.M. DOES NOT TAKE A STAND NOW, some may question where they shop and the true agenda of the "THE" organic retailer.
09/29/2012 10:43:32 AM CDT
Brian J Scrocca says ...
Your saying in one breath you do not support political campaigns.Which btw this is a PEOPLE VOTE.Then on the other hand you support MONSANTO with $3 Billion in revenue for GMO products. Also NO not every food store has GMO. Some are more responsible than you care to be. The internet proivdes plenty of food items that have NO GMO...
09/29/2012 11:04:30 AM CDT
Stephanie Houston says ...
I think the only resolution to the GMO problem is to label foods so consumers have a choice. Whole Foods has marketed itself as a company that provides consumers with healthy choices in food pdts. It is part of its image which is why many consumers choose to shop in their stores. If it knows which poducts it carries have GMOs than it should set a precedent by labeling them in their stores. Not because it has to but to set itself apart as a company that is on the side of the consumers.This action would give consumers confidence that Whole Foods supports them in making healthy choices for their families. We must remember history is filled with innovations and pdts that were once considered safe until it was proven to be dangerous and resulted in casualities far and wide.. GMO's have not been proven safe and consumers are not guinea pigs.
09/29/2012 11:28:37 AM CDT
Arthur Tesla says ...
Don't Buy It...you are talking out of both sides of your mouth--- We don’t contribute to political campaigns, ballot initiatives, etc. as a policy set by company leadership who recognize that Whole Foods Market represents the viewpoints of a wide variety of customers and other stakeholders. Your customers overwhelmingly oppose genetically engineered foods and YOU SHOULD support prop. 37 financially!
09/29/2012 11:34:11 AM CDT
Sarah Liddy says ...
I've shopped at WF since 1996. I urge you to put your money where your mouth is. Above you wrote, "......Whole Foods Market represents the viewpoints of a wide variety of customers and other stakeholders" There could be a variety of views on other issues, but this issue about GMOs seems core to your values as a company. PLEASE FINANCIALLY SUPPORT PROP 37!
09/29/2012 11:52:47 AM CDT
Lorie K says ...
Thank you so much AC for clarifying the gross distortion of our company and team members via that video. Having worked with WFM for 12+ years I know the effort WFM and its team members have made to educate TM's & guests about the GMO issue. Our partnership with the non GMO Project, etc. was never mentioned in that video, nor the points you made. After reading some of the comments bashing us for not making a financial contribution to the Prop 37 initiatives I was disappointed. I strongly support Prop 37 type initiatives and I also strongly support WFM NOT giving money to the campaign to pass it. Everything is not always about money. Throwing money at things is not the only option in many cases. Education is what needs to happen. When people wake up to the GMO issue and make their own feelings heard, then things will change. I completely support the WFM policy of not contributing financially to political campaigns, ballot initiatives, etc. We are a diverse group of team members and stake holders. Although we work with the concept of a shared fate, each of us have our own individual beliefs and preferences in areas of life and WFM respects that. I think WFM has already learned that lesson. It would not be respectful to have the company give our money to some cause, or candidate, or such, unless we were all in agreement. My belief is that those people who are attacking WFM have the wrong target. Where's the videos about the FDA saying GMOs are safe? Talk to the brands that include GMOs about why the heck they're in there? The recent tumors in rats from GMO corn studies have gotten attention, hopefully CA and many other states will make these sorts of ballot initiatives happen. The video was upsetting as someone who works to avoid GMOs both on and off the clock. I am glad people can see the REAL effort WFM puts into the GMO issue and how much our team members care, as well. Thanks again AC, for telling it like it really is.
09/29/2012 11:59:18 AM CDT
CanolaPatientZero says ...
I personally haven't shopped at WF for years. Last time I tried to go shopping I couldn't find anything on my list WITHOUT canola in it. Since Canola gives me horrible pains when I eat it, I became frustrated with the lack of selection, left, and never went back. I wanted to comment on this saying I think this rebuttle is nothing is shamefull b.s. If you are with YES ON 37 than you should be donating because I tell you what, if you don't it's ALL JUST TALK. This is not a political issue, it is a human issue. And if your company doesn't care about its customers than why would I ever choose to set foot in ANY of your stores? Obviously your staff is ill trained and all this video proved to me is that if I ever attempt to shop at WF in the future I am putting my life in the hands of a company that could care less.
09/29/2012 12:12:12 PM CDT
Mike Marino says ...
Thank You for all your great service to the country.
09/29/2012 12:23:35 PM CDT
Ray Teurfs says ...
There's political and then there's political. This is not a liberal or conservative issue, not Democrat or Republican: it is about what YOU, Whole Foods, stands for. My suggestion: break 'policy' now. A simple little factoid is this: if you made the policy, you can make the policy exception. Come on: impress us that you are really with us (and yourselves!).
09/29/2012 12:24:09 PM CDT
william cote says ...
Our Core Values * Selling the highest quality natural and organic products available * Satisfying and delighting our customers * Supporting team member happiness and excellence * Creating wealth through profits & growth * Caring about our communities & our environment * Creating ongoing win-win partnerships with our suppliers. * Promoting the health of our stakeholders through healthy eating education I don't buy that you are doing all you can to educate people about the pervasiveness of GMO's in your store... That is because You know that information would cut into your bottom line... a line that you feel OK about crossing at your customer's expense! I don't see any mention of GMO's in your core beliefs... Is that because you feel it is OK to sell GMO food? Personally, I would love to see YOU step out and claim the need to eat our food as was intended: GMO FREE! Who cares what the cost is? The cost to HAVE GMO's is already TOO GREAT!!! William GMO free
09/29/2012 12:30:48 PM CDT
Marko Hansen says ...
Here is what I have a problem with, Whole Foods avows: "Some products in our stores DO contain GMOs – just like any other food store in the country..." Instead, why not just say, "We assure our customers that GMOs are toxic and do not belong in the food marketplace and we are currently doing our part to phase them out completely." In my opinion, doing the latter would make me sit up and listen and respect you. Making excuses for selling poison thus enabling Monsanto and their ilk is not an acceptable option. Period.
09/29/2012 12:34:41 PM CDT
william cote says ...
Also, if you TRULY BELIEVE That your customers have a "right to know" what they are buying from you, why don't you label all of the GMO products in you 365 products??? That would be a start!!! Spend some big bucks on Prop 37 and show us you are willing to put your money where your mouth is...! Sincerely, William
09/29/2012 12:38:07 PM CDT
Pete Peterson says ...
Shame on you "Whole Foods" , I am boycotting your stores!
09/29/2012 12:38:40 PM CDT
Heather says ...
We could not have asked for a better response, thanks! Support prop 37!!
09/29/2012 12:40:58 PM CDT
Bob Jones says ...
Thanks for the clarification on your position on GM foods. As I suspected, Whole Foods is just another supermarket interested only in earning money. I will stick with my backyard garden and local weekend organic markets. If you really cared about eliminating GM foods from your shelves, you would contribute to the pro Prop 37 campaign. As usual, big business can't be trusted. :(
09/29/2012 12:43:48 PM CDT
East Memphis says ...
Thank you for the clarification!!! Our Memphis store has unbelievably well informed employees and I always make a point to tell them how much I appreciate that! One employee told me she buys one of everything in the coupon booklet every week so that she can get to sample new things and have an objective opinion. Thank you for supporting prop 37 in so many different ways!
09/29/2012 12:49:02 PM CDT
Jimmy Legaro says ...
Natasha, You can support Prop 37 by labeling all foods sold at Whole Foods if they contain GMO's or not. Simple. That would be a brilliant stroke for you, since Prop 37 will pass and all those who opposed it or sat on the sidelines will be remembered.
09/29/2012 1:37:00 PM CDT
margo devine says ...
Will be spending my grocery $$ at Seattle's PCC Markets instead of Whole Foods unless Whole Foods as a company backs prop 37 with $$$.
09/29/2012 1:39:01 PM CDT
Charla Shamhart says ...
Greetings Whole Foods: Perhaps now is the time to consider making an exception to Whole Foods' company policy regarding donating to political campaigns for this California Proposition 37 issue only. A good donation to this campaign would bring much greater public support for Whole Foods.
09/29/2012 1:43:43 PM CDT
steph smith says ...
What is UP?
09/29/2012 1:56:42 PM CDT
Seamus says ...
Watching the video it was obvious that the employees being interviewed were just not educated about about the issue. So I never felt the WFM was giving conflicting and misleading information about the topic of GMO's. But as I do appreciate WFM's policy of not being involved in campaigns, ballot initiatives, ect. I strongly feel that for WFM Not to be on the front line of the battle for GMO labeling is huge mistake on your part. WFM I assume is the largest supermarket of it's kind and I would bet over 90% of your customers are for GMO labeling, so by passively ignoring the issue you are in essence turning your backs on all of your customers that have helped make WFM successful. I am a frequent shopper at WMF and I have never seen any literature or information conserning the huge issue of GMO's. As a leader in the natural, whole food and organic community I have been a little vexed at WFM lack of involvement in the GMO battle to the point where I'm reconsidering my die hard loyalty to WFM. I urge WFM to reconsider it's stance not getting more involved the the GMO battle because if you don't I fear it might not only tarnish but strongly damage the reputation of WFM and at the end of the day you will then have on one to blame but your selves. So stand up and do the right thing WFM.
09/29/2012 2:02:33 PM CDT

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