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rlichter says ...
I am a somewhat reluctant Whole Foods customer, reluctant because the real business of corporations these days is to make money for stockholders above all other considerations. Inevitably, this influences their decisions. Such as (if I am correctly informed) Whole Foods' only recently endorsing Prop 37. And such as using a policy of 'no political donations' to hide behind when you are called upon, by customers and conscience, to donate to help pass this monumentally important proposition in California. My local store has an exemplary manager and consistently helpful employees. I spend literally thousands there every year. But your absurd logic in not financially backing Prop 37 simply does not ring true, not considering the critical importance of that proposition, the corrupt refusal of the FDA to do their job, and the excessive profits Whole Foods makes. We, your customers, *want* you to donate to Prop 37, we want to see similar propositions throughout the USA. Since the FDA will not protect us from the insane and dangerous GMO lobby, we call upon you to back up your words with deeds. Help pass Prop 37 in California. How can you not?
09/30/2012 6:16:36 PM CDT
Ran Cohen says ...
If you support proposition 37. There are a few more things on your to do list in order to glean respect from your customers. In general people that are health conscious are also corporation conscious, we will eventually notice the flaws within your system and complain about it. Otherwise, perhaps there is another way to shop for health food, such as at farmers market, which I intend to do mostly.I am at the moment questioning the integrity of Whole Foods, and it's CEO's, why have they not taken A STAND AGAINST MONSANTO , there is no excuse to not warn your customers that there are gmo's in your foodstuffs, even if they are the junk foodstuffs. POSTERS EXPLAINING HOW TO FIND GMO'S and their ALTERNATIVES SHOULD BE LARGE AND IN EVERY WHOLE FOODS STORE. Step up to the plate, the future of food integrity is at stake... What is Whole Foods, the mighty multi-million corporation going to do about this? Not even 1000$ to the proposition, disgusting.
09/30/2012 10:46:12 PM CDT
Tom says ...
I have a great way to resolve this issue of having GMOs on your shelves. Move all products in your stores that have GMOs in them into one corner of the store, or better, a separate room. Put up big signs that say "This way to the GMO section" so people can find it easily. That way all the WF shoppers who want these products will be able to find them easily without having to sort through all that pesky organic stuff.
09/30/2012 11:18:41 PM CDT
Sheryl Hill says ...
Show your support for Prop 37 with action. Here's how. Live up to your mission statement. Stop catering to GMO promo power hitters such as Monsanto. Stop providing more than 35% of Whole Food product space to GMO food suppliers. Stop usurping consumer rights to make informed choices. And the most simple of all? Tell the truth. You choose to carry GMO products and present them without warning and sometimes, whether by error or design, with deceptive misinformation and lies. You're no hapless victim to GMO "pervasiveness." You voluntarily contribute to the "pervasiveness" of GMO products in our food supply. Be honest. Live up to your hoopla, or change your tune. Simple. : )
10/01/2012 1:59:16 AM CDT
Sheryl Hill says ...
Alexis Baden-Mayer ~ thank you for the added eye-opener on Whole Foods claim, "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." Yet, Whole Foods contributed $180,000 to stop the Employee Free Choice Act. And Whole Foods founder and Co-CEO John Mackey contributed to Romney's presidential campaign. But not a cent to Prop 37. Company policy. [*wink!*] Gotcha!
10/01/2012 2:34:05 AM CDT
Brandon says ...
Nice PR. Prop 37 is hardly a political campaign though. It's not like the people are requesting you to support a presidential candidate, or a state congressman's bill. Whole Foods always promotes helping the communities. Well here is your chance. Prop 37 was put on the ballot by the communities (and your customers). The mother's and father's who want to know what they are feeding their children. These people went door to door collecting signatures to put this on the ballot. In a way, your are supporting Prop 37... but against it. As long as you sell products that are fighting prop 37, for example, Naked, Odwalla, Kashi, Bear Naked, Horizon Organic & Silk to name a few, you are already contributing to it. If you won't financial contribute to the grassroot prop 37 because it's "political", then pull these items from your store shelfs immediately. Who's side are you really on?
10/01/2012 7:35:43 AM CDT
Tim Stiles says ...
This is a good response to a video, which did point out inconsistencies in responses but didn't prove its contention that employees were coached to mislead. I believe that Prop 37 type labeling is the best answer at this point.
10/01/2012 12:22:28 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CHRISTINE - By no means are we not posting your comments as long as they fall within the comment posting guidelines. We go through each comment for individual approval and we approve comments Monday through Friday. If you commented over the weekend, this is why you have not seen your comment approved yet. Check back later today and we will have all of the comments posted from over the weekend.
10/01/2012 12:34:04 PM CDT
Dee Smith says ...
I have spent approximately $150-$200 each week at Wholefoods for the last 12 years. I am extremely disappointed that Wholefoods would not "put their money where their mouth is". Actions speak louder than words and your action of not supporting Prop 37 financially says it all! While I do appreciate your organic foods, I am having a hard time trusting a company that contributes financially to Monsanto buy selling their GMO foods. Wholefoods- Your customers have supported you financially- now it's time you support US and do the right thing and Support Prop 37 financially! Your financial gains will be much higher if you cut your ties to GMO foods, than if you decide to stay loyal to Monsanto and lose millions of your loyal customers. Everyone- it's time to support your local Organic Farmers!
10/01/2012 3:26:59 PM CDT
Dr. John H says ...
Dear Whole Foods, You could be a global super hero by financially backing prop 37. I do not fault your employees for not knowing about GMO's. I do fault Whole Foods for not financially contributing to prop 37. GMO's pose a serious threat to the global food supply, as well as being highly toxic to human health and the environment. Europe requires GMO labeling, so food producers don't put them in their products, because they know most people won't buy them. If California requires labeling, food companies likely will stop using GMO's, just like in Europe. This will likely then spread to the rest of the country. The stakes here are huge! I suggest you run a big ad campaign in California, which will have the effect of substantially increasing your business, along with Whole Foods being seen as a global super hero in the fight against GMO's. By not putting your money where your mouth is, you currently risk losing many of your biggest supporters (and biggest Whole Foods spenders).
10/01/2012 4:14:17 PM CDT
Sheri Miller says ...
Please support Prop 37. I understand that you have policies against contributing to political campaigns, etc. but I don't think the health of people is a political campaign. Everyone should have access to REAL food not modified food. And if labeling will help inform people so they can make a better choice, I support it and I would hope that Whole Foods as a company would too. Sometimes you have to put your money where your mouth is. I have always believed that Whole Foods is the best place to shop for healthy foods and I hope that I can still be able to shop there with confidence. If not, I may have to find another place to shop. Thank you.
10/01/2012 4:31:18 PM CDT
Tim Nowak says ...
I've been to your stores before, and was excited by the opening of one in my area...til like all brands I buy from Publix, I ran Whole Foods and their 365 brand threw the Google ringer. There are things in your 365 brand made in China as well as with GMO's. Whole Foods has been busted before. You present a false wholesome, organic, GMO free, good and good for you food image. Now you need to start living up to the image you have presented. Being as this is what your brand is built on, I think its MORONIC that you won't support the labeling policy. We're not asking if you like Obama or Romney, we're asking Whole Food's help us in determining which foods are better for our country, land, and most of all, our health. SO DONATE SOME MONEY, unless you TRULY believe in not letting your consumer know which products contain GMO's. NON GMO people like me need a company like yours in the fight for labeling. I hate to get all biblical, but we are David, and Monsanto and large food companies like it, are Goliath. We can win, but need a good rock. I always thought Whole Foods was our rock. The fact that your company does have a sticker it can apply to non GMO products on the outside of the package is shameful. It would really do more to help inform the customer, since obviously we, as well as your employees are confused and unsure of what is truly GMO free in your stores. Keep up your good work, but until you clean up your company, don't expect me to shop at your store. I'll stick with Publix until you start acting like a company that is truly selling "Whole Foods" and not the same crap as every other place. Tim Nowak BTW, you didn't address the video talking about at least 20-30% of your food contain GMO's. Is that because it could actually be MUCH higher? Just some food for thought ;)
10/01/2012 6:10:15 PM CDT
lmille37 says ...
It's good to see that you are clearing up the discrepancies that we've heard over time. Thank you.
10/01/2012 6:20:16 PM CDT
John says ...
I believe the video more than I believe Whole Foods and here's why... It's funny how you supposedly support Prop 37 and yet you don't donate any money to help it pass! Why? Because you have a lot of GMO's in your store and you would lose a bunch of money and business if it passes. If you really supported it you would want to donate a lot of money to help it pass! I also believe that you do train your employees to lie about gmo's and that's why there was so many saying the same thing in the video. Do what's right and donate the ten million the video asked for or take down your, "whole foods supports prop 37" sign because it's untrue!!
10/01/2012 7:54:44 PM CDT
Szarka says ...
Supporting the movement means voting with your dollar AND not carrying GMO products NOR products produced by companies who are footing the bill against it. Really? You can't see that?
10/01/2012 8:32:16 PM CDT
Dianne says ...
Take ALL GMO products off your shelves NOW - are you crazy? Do you want us to keep supporting you? If you stopped supporting GMO products people would show up with alternatives. You are in business you should know that. This is ridiculous logic. Your clientele are NOT idiots.
10/01/2012 8:35:42 PM CDT
Patty says ...
Whole Foods, you need to put your money where your mouth is for sure, and stop stocking your shelves with GMO's. You are completely contradicting yourself here. Hello...? Anybody home? Any normal human being {more importantly, your demographic} can see that your stories are not adding up. By the time all of these comments have stacked up, you have already lost hundreds of thousands of $$'s per year in business. Indeed you have lost my $1,750/month in business. I will support my other local organic grocer, thank you very much!
10/01/2012 8:43:59 PM CDT
Whole Food Lies says ...
Whole Foods is in bed with and works for their investors. Read the board meeting reports on the WF website and see how John Mackey answers to Goldman Sachs, CitiBank, and such. This is very well crafted to keep you the shopper spending more and more on a created hyped market from what food already should be. Whole Foods made it very hard for petition signers to the GMO inicitive to use their space. This is a time delay tactic. A cheap one. People are so gullible and just want that warm blanket on their brain. Some found it with this BS PR release.
10/01/2012 9:46:55 PM CDT
gmofree says ...
Company policy comes in very handy now doesn't it? You were made by your customers and now you disrespect us by not putting your money where your mouth is. If you don't give a substantial (not substantially equivalent) donation to the Prop 37, it will not bode well for your business.
10/01/2012 11:03:01 PM CDT
Kathleen Tammaro says ...
There ARE supermarkets without GMOs. Check out Goodwins in Riverside, CA for one example. I am not impressed with your 'gourmet' products. They are complete junk food. People can deceive themselves into thinking that they are eating healthy by shopping at your store and they're still going to end up with a heart attack, stroke, or cancer. It's a shame. Kathleen
10/02/2012 5:45:37 AM CDT
Gabreael says ...
I shop Whole Foods at least twice a week and now I am rethinking that. Don't support political campaigns? Since when is labeling food a political campaign? I think you had better "RETHINK" your stance as you have CERTAINLY MADE PLENTY OF MONEY FROM PEOPLE SHOPPING THERE TO AVOID GMO's. I guess I will carry my buisness now soley to the local food co-op. I am VERY DISSAPOINTED in this response.
10/02/2012 7:24:13 AM CDT
Chris says ...
You expect your customer to pay higher prices to get the better food - at your stores. I - the customer - expect you to do EVERYTHING you can do to get the gmo-free food I want. Step up to the plate, be brave,make a stand and spend some of your profits - your customers money - to get the job done.
10/02/2012 10:06:53 AM CDT
JasonMChicago says ...
Dear WF, Thanks for the note. One immediate thing you can do is - eliminate HFCS from your stores - eliminate the use of canola from your prepared foods. all hot foods are cooked in canola - eliminate corn oil - eliminate cottonseed oil - if you know something is GMO label it! Sweet corn at WF is most likely GMO. Label it so. If the vendor doesn't know then write "vendor has not been able to determine if this corn is GM" I like WF but am having a hard to continuing to shop there. I'm trying to clean up my diet and my health and get a lot of these unwanted things out of my body and life. Thanks, Jason
10/02/2012 12:35:53 PM CDT
Linda Norell says ...
I understand you don't want to take sides but you are a large corporation which could really help with opening people's eyes about what they are putting in their bodies.you have the means too push people in the right direction
10/02/2012 1:27:20 PM CDT
Rhonda Graves says ...
Pull all GMO foods off of your shelves or quit masquerading as a "whole" foods market.
10/02/2012 1:34:45 PM CDT

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