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Bob says ...
AND then today you had Google pull down the video that this blog was responding to, despite the video's accurate and useful information. You have misled some of your blog readers into into thinking that you don't support Monsanto, which you actually do indirectly by selling products made from their corn. And by carrying products that are made by companies who are funding the anti-Prop 37 campaign. The video that you are responding to, and then had pulled, pointed this out and was accurate in its assertions. Otherwise your blog comments are appreciated. I'm looking forward to see what, if any signage is posted regarding GMO in my local Whole Foods during "Non-GMO month" leading up to the CA election. That said, I've been shopping at WF for 12 years for most of my food and appreciate the good that you *have* done.
10/03/2012 1:37:41 AM CDT
Ciara says ...
You have taken over, bought out or run out all the health food stores that tried to compete, and now you are screwing the people who supported you and made you who you are. I was so proud of Whole Foods and was your biggest fan. We are all loosing respect for your company and I am hoping that a new "health food" rises to give you the competition you deserve. I don't trust you and your organization anymore. It's all about the money now and not about what's truly important, which is the health of our bodies, minds, spirits and Mother Earth. You KNOW how bad GMOs are for the environment and for all living species and Whole Foods has decided to assist in poisoning us and the world.. Shameful.
10/03/2012 2:41:49 AM CDT
Howard Lichtman says ...
Not enough. For the insane mark up we pay at Whole Foods you should be completely GMO free. You are the largest whole foods retailer in the world with amazing purchasing power. You have the ability to promote non-GMO alternatives but you aren't. The employees should be questioning why not... I am not buying from Whole Foods until you get the GMO out. And your excuse for not supporting Prop 37 financially is lame... What the hell are you doing with your profits if not supporting efforts so aligned with your professed core mission.
10/03/2012 6:45:13 AM CDT
Jim says ...
I started shopping Earth Fare. Don't expect me back anytime soon.
10/03/2012 8:26:02 AM CDT
Elizabeth says ...
I am beyond disgusted with your store, after watching the documentary. Let's get something clear here: as one of your employees pointed out 'they could be in anything' that you carry. UNLESS you strictly ban ALL foods and produce that are or contain GMOs, OR unless we have a label, we simply won't know which DO or DON'T. Your last statement regarding your shareholders makes it pretty clear to me you don't want a label as it would piss some of them off...
10/03/2012 10:23:54 AM CDT
Camille Otero says ...
This article absolutely does not satisfy me nor clear anything up as some people have stated in these comments. This is supposed to be WHOLE FOODS meaning organic NON GMO FOODS!!! I am so disappointed in this store and your false advertising. You should be ashamed of yourselves. I also cannot believe that you are not monetarily promoting Prop 37. When I walk into your store, which I drive 45 miles one way to do so I thought I was getting fully organic products and I PAID EXTRA FOR IT! Again I am so disappointed and you should be ashamed. I will no longer go to your store.
10/03/2012 11:29:06 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@EX SHOPPER and @TYRANNY - Whole Foods Market did not have the Youtube video removed. We believe some of the individual Team Members (employees) in California who were featured in the video made the request, since the video used footage that was filmed without their knowledge or consent.
10/03/2012 12:41:19 PM CDT
Tarlan Fisher says ...
I wish Mrs. Gooch's had not been bought out by you. That was an honest store where customers knew what they were buying. Their prices were indeed higher than the local supermarkets, but their products proved themselves. I have been a loyal Whole Foods customer even after you took away Mrs. Gooch's but now, after the decades, I am out. I will never step foot in your markets again, and will tell everyone I know to do the same.
10/03/2012 4:19:58 PM CDT
Cara says ...
Interesting that your executives give LOTS of money to pro-GMO politicians (Obama, Romney) yet none to this effort. WF has profited handsomely from the organic movement while touting its opposition to GMOs with one hand and selling them with the other. BAN GMOs in your stores!. It's time to put your money where your mouth is. GIVE MONEY TO HELP PROP 37 pass. Unfortunately, in my town, WF is one of the only places to buy organics but I am so angry about your wishy washy stance that I pledge NOT to buy anything from you that I can get by mail. That leaves only perishable products. It's worth the extra money to me to avoid supporting an hypocritical, two-faced corporation.
10/03/2012 4:26:12 PM CDT
Marguerite Hamilton says ...
Dear Whole Foods, I cut down on my purchases about 1 year ago when it came to my attention that you were overtly selling GMO foods, meats and produce. At that time you also stopped giving donations to Non-Gmo causes. In light of the recently uncovered information about the escalating dangers of GMO foods, I shall limit my purchaes to the absolute minimum and eventually boycott your stores 100%. It is obvious to anyone that you do not care about your clients and have sold out to Monsanto. I shall pass the word around about your selling GMO foods and urge others to boycott your stores. Perhaps you will understand that your clients can tell GMO foods from Non-GMO foods. By the way, your meats have an odor about them that only results from your buying factory farm meats. Marguerite Hamilton mhamiltonassoc@sbcglobal.net .
10/03/2012 4:34:04 PM CDT
David McGill says ...
Personally I'm very disappointed that you are not providing any financial support for Prop 37. This shows me that your Corporation is not truly committed to getting products containing GMO identified for people to know what they are consuming. Actions speak loud and clear, and your lack of having taken action is clear to me. All you seem to be doing is trying manage damage done due to this publicity. I feel Whole Foods is a charade!
10/03/2012 5:03:21 PM CDT
tasso says ...
I think this a great opportunity for Whole Foods to improve its labeling. Products known to have GMOs should be labeled accordingly. Selling them in your store is fine, give us a choice to reject it and vote with our dollars
10/03/2012 5:18:59 PM CDT
Charles says ...
It does not seem reasonable for your company to state that it 'supports Proposition 37' while at the same time you still sale GMO products and also do not push to insure Clear and Effective labeling of the products you sale. If you believe that GMO products 'May, Could, Might' cause a difference in nutritional value and health for your customers, then you should be banning the sale of the stuff or requiring your vendors to label any and all products you buy; because that is what Prop 37 is about: letting people know what's REALLY in their foods so they can boycott it and the companies who make it en mass. Your statement that you don't get into politics, when you've clearly also stated a side is a fence-sitting attitude where you will embrace either side as the winner once the ballot has passed or failed and hope the other side forgets while you continue to rake in profits. At this point, due to the nature of your explanation, the failure to provide clear, concise information to the general public, and a duplicitous attitude, I will no longer be shopping with your company and will recommending to my family, friends, business partners, and customers that they no longer do either.
10/03/2012 5:22:35 PM CDT
R C Cooper says ...
Whole Foods: Just another corporation looking out for the bottom line while turning its back on the little people. If company policy dictates that you cannot contribute to Proposition 37, don't you think it's time to call a special board meeting to amend the rules?
10/03/2012 5:52:42 PM CDT
Steve Wirth says ...
If you truly stand behind a policy of transparency you will put ALL products with GMO in a separate area clearly marked. And since this issue is so important to your stated mission you SHOULD support all political activity trying to achieve a GMO free marketplace. Don't let the bottom line and corporate greed make these decisions.
10/03/2012 5:58:50 PM CDT
Dianne says ...
Dear Wholefoods, I have been one of your biggest supporters. I have shopped at your store for over 11 years and I have spent over $115,000. You have built your business on whole, organic foods. Now you don't want to support Prop 37 financially? Why wouldn't you want to protect your investment and your customers (who BTW made you who you are today). I can no longer trust you. Unless I see a substantial financial donation, I am boycotting Wholefoods. This past week, I drove right past Wholefoods and went to my local Fred Meyer. I discovered that I can get the same organic products for much less money. I will also be signing up for an organic fruit and veggie box...it's fresh, organic, local and delivered. Now I am getting fresher, less expensive and most importantly non GMO foods delivered to my door. I hope that you do the right thing and support Prop 37 financially. If not, do not underestimate the power of your customers when they take their business elsewhere. This 11 year old boy says it the best...... http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=nndEZBQ9bds&NR=1
10/03/2012 6:33:22 PM CDT
Michael says ...
How much money did Whole Foods donate to Prop 37? I heard it was nothing! So much for supporting prop37!
10/03/2012 6:35:32 PM CDT
sight says ...
Hello, I shop at whole foods, and you speak about labeling consistently and honestly, but you continue to use canola oil your products, and don't state that canola is a copyright name and a production straight out of Monsanto and that it's actually a genetically modified rape seed oil. You label it organic, and put it in thousands of your products, none of them labeled GMO. If you really are working towards that then why has your CEO recently made a deal with Monsanto to allow GMO alfalfa products besides canola products. Why haven't you made a public statement about where canola oil comes from? How bout autolyzed and hydrolyzed yeast ingredients, MSG ingredients that in most cases come from GMO's. Please have your team do some serious research on these products, its even in the Burt's Bee's products now, which it wasn't until the last couple of years. I am a loyal shopper at Whole Foods, I do love many of the good products you have at your store, please don't get me wrong, you at least offer an alternative to the rest of the name brand processed & chemically preserved and flavored foods that no one else does, and for that I am very appreciative. Have a good day, Sight
10/03/2012 6:40:18 PM CDT
sean hughes says ...
Y0u guys are full of it. WHY ARE YOU NOT publicly financially supporting Prop 37. When you guys do this then I will listen. Until then I boycott all whole food stores and will tell others to do so ! Mercola has put over 1 million dollars. YOu guys have yet to donate a penny towards prop 37. ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
10/03/2012 7:10:45 PM CDT
David Infinger says ...
This is a good start for Whole Foods. All we want is honest labeling. Thank you for your response and please do more to inform customers as to what items contain GMO's. You could do this by making isles that are only GMO isles. I think you would find out real quick that most of the people would refuse to buy the products. Failure to do this, then I would only believe that Whole foods is circling the wagons because they were busted for trying to trick customers into buying GMO products. You want GMO's in your store? Well make them their special isle and see how well these Frankenfoods sell.
10/03/2012 7:34:17 PM CDT
David Infinger says ...
Hell after reading the comments below, I will never shop at whole foods again. I see that you guys are trying to pull a fast one on us and until I see more honest effort on Whole Foods to support Prop 37 I won't shop there and I will tell my daughter not to shop there anymore. I go out of town a lot and that is where I usually buy my organic food but I will not support a company that is not doing more to get these Frankenfoods out of the market place.
10/03/2012 7:41:42 PM CDT
harmony says ...
I think it's a confusing time for both Organic companies and people who are trying to keep GMO's out of their diet. It's so difficult to know what it's in without things being labeled and how far the GMO's have spread. The only thing we can all do is let these companies know we don't want GMO's in our food and hope they do the best they can to keep them out. But the real fight is with Monsanto and the U.S. needs to become more active in trying to ban these GMO's. No matter what the product is, if it's not fresh from a local farm that uses heirloom seeds, we don't really know for sure unless the product is labeled a non-GMO product.
10/03/2012 7:58:45 PM CDT
WE WANT WF TO BE IN INTEGRITY says ...
Have you noticed that none of the people commenting are asking WF to keep hiding GMOs from its customers? It is safe to say that all (or, almost all) of your entire customer base wants WF to be GMO-free (by removing all GMO foods, removing all foods manufactored by GMO corporations, AND financially supporting initiatives that require labelling GMO foods as GMO foods). It is appalling that WF hasn't been ensuring that it isn't selling GMO products.. It is also appalling that WF is supplying products owned by GMO companies. I'm another of the many WF customers who will be shopping elsewhere from now on.. at least until WF becomes GMO free. WF, you can do better so please do so!!
10/03/2012 8:27:50 PM CDT
Christopher says ...
A very skillful and finely crafted corporate response. But it's a fail. You sit on the fence, you hedge your bets, you want it both ways - but you've made a mistake. This is not a run of the mill corporate decision on leveraging economies of scale or market testing a new product. This is about the very lives and health of your customers. A big fat donation supporting prop 37 is what you need to do now. And then straight after that, sack your PR strategist and send them back to Monsanto.
10/03/2012 9:08:46 PM CDT
Nadir says ...
Who deleted the youtube video?
10/03/2012 9:39:41 PM CDT

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