Whole Story

The Official Whole Foods Market® Blog

 

418 Comments

Comments

Anne Zuber says ...
This is a political issue that your contribution to could change histories course. Because of who we, the consumers, think you are (largely due to your marketing and PR efforts) you have an inherent responsibility to give us the best of what is available and to protect us from a world where that is no longer possible. We want natural and organic and heirloom foods. It is perhaps a universal right. Please consider your place in history, your place in our futures and make an exception to stand up for us all! Donate to make labeling of GMO foods mandatory! AND rid your shelves of all brands containing GMO foods. As a manufacturer who provided goods to your stores I know first hand that your shelves are too full. Sometimes having to decline the newest and best brands for what is planogramed and CORE. Be who we think you are Whole Foods! We do want to love you forever.
09/29/2012 2:03:32 PM CDT
Gintaras says ...
I made of of my rare trips to civilization recently and did shop in a Whole Foods. Coulda fooled me that they were opposed to GMOs - saw no special notices or any extra effort to inform shoppers of what contained GMO. I am so lucky that our remote community has a fine coop market featuring organic and non-GMO foods; in fact they carry no GMO products at all, and that is the way their clients want it to be.
09/29/2012 2:11:46 PM CDT
Jill Wiltberger says ...
Thank you for making your views known and understood! We appreciate knowing you support non-GMO foods.
09/29/2012 2:24:35 PM CDT
ts gordon says ...
Great. You are still only going to see 10% of my former shopping budget, as I can clearly see the duplicity in your approach which began with the local practice of establishing a regional health-food monopoly.
09/29/2012 2:35:31 PM CDT
organicgilr says ...
Thanks for having the spaghetti squash when I couldn't get it at Trader Joe's.
09/29/2012 2:51:58 PM CDT
larry whitesell says ...
I used to be a regular Whole Foods customer. When I learned of labeling inconsistencies at your stores I found alternative stores to shop at. There is nothing keeping Whole Foods from alerting customers to products that contain genetically engineered foods. If you are really for honest labeling you would already have posted signs that inform your customers as to the real ingredients in the products you sell. Your lack of customer care in this regard hurts you more than it helps you, as WF customers are generally well educated and well read as a group, and they see through the BS quite easily.
09/29/2012 3:11:10 PM CDT
Ann Alderson says ...
I am grateful to Whole Foods for your faithful commitment to provide whole foods to the community in Phoenix. I know when I shop there I am being dealt with honestly and that your food is exactly what you say it is. Thank you!
09/29/2012 3:34:26 PM CDT
Desi says ...
My wife works at wholefoods and she thought all products were 100% organic,up until we saw the video we were disappointed to realize that is not true.And she sure ain't being paid 15 bucks an hour which is what you claim to be paying your employees.We trust that you have not sold out to monsanto because we love wholefoods markets and I believe all your customers want it that way.
09/29/2012 3:44:59 PM CDT
bret says ...
its really easy for you to seperate gmo form organic label all your non gmo food as non gmo then who cares if the gmo is labeled or not there is no law saying you cant label your products as non gmo i would say on all non gmo products put a label with letters at least 1/2 inch hight "NON GMO"
09/29/2012 4:07:20 PM CDT
Born Vegitarian says ...
being 'Political' isn't the answer (unless you are poly-sci oriented), Being socially responsible is. Be true to your convictions & mission statement.
09/29/2012 4:14:11 PM CDT
was a shopper says ...
How dare you pass yourself off as a healhy food purveyor and stock gmos? And with your high prices you refuse to support the anti-rop? It's bad enough getting gouged with your overcharging without finding out you are hypocrites who won't put their money where their mouth is. You're history;HELLO TRADER JOE'S!!!
09/29/2012 4:29:14 PM CDT
Christine says ...
I see you didn't post my comments! Your loyalty to monsanto shows. Shame on you.
09/29/2012 4:43:45 PM CDT
Maya says ...
Hi, I just visited one of your stores in Bellevue, WA yesterday. I am from Vancouver, Canada and I had approached one of your employees and I had asked him if the mayonnaise (Spectrum) contained GMO ingredients as I trying to avoig any GMO's in my diet. He said that Whole Foods policy does not support GMO's and none of the products in Whole Foods contain GMO. We were not able to find any mayonnaise that didn't have canola, soy other then 1 that we ended up taking which was made out of Safflower and the bottle had the Non-GMO label. He was thankful that we brought this to his attention as he was also avoiding GMO's in his food. I think you have to educate your employees as this is huge and your store is one of the big reason why people shop at to make better choices for their health. I look forward to your response.
09/29/2012 4:50:59 PM CDT
E. McCarty says ...
I generally spend several hundred dollars a month (at least) at Whole Foods but will be moving my business over to Vitamin Cottage (next door to the Boulder store) until WF truly puts their corporate might behind not just labeling GMOs -- but protecting our entire seed bank on earth from GMO contamination -- meaning -- FIGHT MONSANTO. And I mean WITH YOUR MONEY, not just your mouths. I'm also skeptical of the claim on your website that every 365 product is GMO-free. I had heard otherwise and would love to hear more. Finally, in the Boulder, CO store there is usually more conventional produce available than organic. I never ceased to be amazed by how much conventional produce there is. You should take the lead on labeling GMOs and label the products in your own store as containing GMOs whenever you do. I just assume anything conventional these days contains GMOs, but as Prop 37, which you claim to support would do, you could just start labeling them yourselves. But basically -- I'm going to put my money where the future of the planet is, and you should, too!
09/29/2012 5:07:38 PM CDT
Mike Miller says ...
Thanks for trying to clear this up. I must agree with the others, put your money where your mouth is. I and my family eat 80 to 90 % raw and alot of juice. Hardly ever are we able to buy produce from your stores< we energetically test everything. Much fails to all the radiation from Fukushima and from GMO infecting our foods. We have many friends who ask us for information on foods and until, as I said we see you put the money where your words are, we will let many know of this disapointing fact that you have been bought out by Monsanto.
09/29/2012 6:31:40 PM CDT
Kathleen says ...
Over the past few years I've turned to Whole Foods for more and more of my food purchases because I thought I could trust that anything I bought there would be CLEAN. I'm frankly stunned that you sell foods with GMO ingredients. You make the point that you go to great lengths to ensure that your house brands are GMO-free, but how is the customer supposed to know that? Did I miss some fine print somewhere? I'd considered Whole Foods to be one of the "good guy" companies, being basically on the side of consumers, despite the very high prices. I buy all our meat and fish and most of our produce from you, but I'll be rethinking that now. Oddly enough, today was the day I was going to buy stock in Whole Foods, which I've been considering it for a while. The clincher for me was my own behavior: my thinking was that if I've become willing to pay significantly higher prices for clean food I can trust, lots of other people are probably making or going to make the same decision. Now I'm going to hold off. Frankly, the fact that your CEO contributes to Mitt Romney and not to support prop. 37 influences my attitude toward Whole Food as well. BTW, I agree with other posters that Whole Foods should be supporting prop. 37 financially. And I think you should have been labelling your GMO-containing food all along.
09/29/2012 7:13:04 PM CDT
Marion Louis says ...
I would like to see WFM be able to show that principles are more important than revenues and be able to perhaps not have as great a variety "as every other food store" so WFM continues being the source of ONLY responsibly grown and produced groceries. There should be NO compromise when it comes to our health and the health of our planet. WFM should not carry ANY product which is known to be damaging to either. If WFM won't do that who will?
09/29/2012 7:40:41 PM CDT
European American says ...
I stopped shopping Whole Foods, long ago. The "politically correct", socially smug, self righteously over paid "Team" employees along with hysterically high priced GMO foods (Oh, that's how you pay them) just got to be too much. Good grief and good riddance! Whole Foods is anything but.
09/29/2012 8:33:21 PM CDT
Janice Bradshaw says ...
I am glad to hear that Whole Foods has plans to do more education on GMOs for its team members and customers. Hopefully, you will do more signage in your stores supporting Prop 37. I haven't seen any! GMOs are the most dangerous and scary thing I know of that is in our food. Whole Foods needs to take a strong position supporting Prop 37 and educating its customers about the dangers of GMOs!!!!
09/29/2012 11:15:03 PM CDT
Sheldon Lichter says ...
Money matters aside, how can it be difficult to apprise all who work for Whole Foods of your exact policy regarding GMOs and the products you sell. Put it in writing, for God's sake (like a flyer) — in large bold type, and distribute it to everyone. Have your supervisors announce it. Whatever. But you don't really need me to offer- such obvious suggestions, do you?
09/30/2012 10:35:35 AM CDT
TEDDY SEDLMAYR says ...
yes we should be allowed to know what we are eating
09/30/2012 11:47:04 AM CDT
zen says ...
lol, who are you fooling, i see multiple posts under different names.
09/30/2012 12:48:59 PM CDT
Frank says ...
Thank you for supporting Prop 37. I read: "We don't contribute to political campaigns". Isn't fair to say that a business that makes wholesale purchases of products containing GMOs is in fact directly contributing to the companies that have been publicly identified as OPPOSING PROP 37. Really. Do the human beings as Whole Foods really think: "Gee, we just have NO IDEA if any of these suppliers of GMO containing products are using ANY of the MONEY that comes from OUR business to contribute to prohibit the labeling of GMOs in OUR children's food. Our suppliers who profit from selling GMOs would NEVER use OUR money to continue to poison OUR bodies and food supply and refuse to label them as containing GMOs. And, OF COURSE, we at Whole Foods wouldn't THINK of pocketing all that MONEY that came from selling unlabeled GMOs." The facts speak for themselves. WHOLE FOODS SELLS GMOs AND DOESN'T TELL US WHICH PRODUCTS IT SELLS CONTAIN GMOs. WHOLE FOODS CONTRIBUTES DIRECTLY TO THE COMPANIES THAT ARE OPPOSING PROP. 37. WHOLE FOODS HAS A POLICY OF DECEIVING ITS CUSTOMERS FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENRICHING ITSELF. WHOLE FOODS IN FACT PAYS MONEY TO COMPANIES IT KNOWS TO PUT GMOs IN THEIR PRODUCTS. THOSE COMPANIES USE MONEY OBTAINED FROM WHOLE FOODS TO PAY FOR ADVERTISING AND POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS TO CONTINUE TO CONCEAL THE PRESENCE OF GMOs IN OUR CHILDREN'S FOOD. Please, brothers and sisters at Whole Foods, wouldn't we all benefit from real honesty? Doesn't the Public Relations double speak completely destroy credibility?
09/30/2012 12:53:41 PM CDT
Dr. John H says ...
Hiding behind a "company policy" to not financially support prop. 37 is a as an excuse. Whole Foods can do whatever it wants to with its money. Some things are worth fighting for, this in one of them. GMO's are dangerous, especially in light of the recent study with rats fed GMO soy that developed massive cancer tumors and died. I agree with others that it will take a $10 Million donation from Whole Foods to win back my business.
09/30/2012 1:15:55 PM CDT
Emery says ...
Well you need a little less talk and a lot more action......... Whole foods appears to be after the whole market while catering to people able to pay whole food prices.
09/30/2012 3:17:33 PM CDT

Pages