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Jenny M. says ...
It does not make ANY sense that Whole Foods is selling GMO containing products. People who shop at your stores are willing to pay more (much much more) for the quality, the purity and the peace of mind that they are getting the healthiest food for their families. I know that's why I shop at Whole Foods. If I knew that there is some GMO sneaking up on me in my shopping cart I would never ever ever shopped there. You completely lost my trust AND my business. Shame on you!
10/03/2012 9:46:51 PM CDT
Edward Bruce Kilmaine says ...
Don't let Monsanto and GMO agents twist your arm, I hope your organization has not been corrupted by the food poisoners. You should make an exception and financially support prop 37 since the GMOers are the evildoers. The exception proves the rule! Captain Kilmaine
10/03/2012 9:47:50 PM CDT
Whole Paycheck says ...
Damage control, eh? Hoping the whole thing will just blow over and the morrow will bring some fresh outrage that diverts attention from this?.. "Representing a wide variety of customers and stakeholders..." is a copout. Also, why lump customers with the so-called stakeholders? I'm sure 99% of your customers want GMO-free food. So let's hear who these stakeholders really are. People who really care about where their food comes from know better than to trust Whole Foods anymore. To prove us wrong, why not change corporate policy and support a good cause (like Prop 37) for once?
10/03/2012 10:13:14 PM CDT
Ruben says ...
If you sell it in your store knowingly, you are complicit. Don't want to use your influence to support your customers because your hands are tied through some sort of regulation and/or policy. You chose your side of the line in the sand.
10/03/2012 10:30:04 PM CDT
cal says ...
If you really support the labeling of GMO products, why then don't you label the products in your store that have GMO ingredients? It's hard to believe that you and your support for Prop. 37 have any integrity when you already have the option of: 1) Labeling the products in your store that contain GMO ingredients or 2) Not carrying ANY products that have GMO ingredients. It strikes me that you are just saying that you promote Prop. 37 as a marketing tool, but without any funding for it, or either practicing 1) or 2) from above, this strikes me as hollow and transparent. Just like you say you only sell healthy products and then at the same time you sell products with GMO ingredients. Most dictionaries have an entry for the word INTEGRITY. Check it out; it's good stuff.
10/03/2012 10:50:52 PM CDT
Joe says ...
Not to put too fine a point on it...your credibility on this topic is zero until your profit from GMO foods is zero. Write anything you like on this blog, but until you take that step, that fact is the simple truth. I'd love to see a certifiably GMO Free WFM expand into other countries like Australia.
10/03/2012 11:43:57 PM CDT
Price says ...
Put your money where your mouth is.
10/04/2012 12:50:53 AM CDT
John says ...
Like many others, I am saddened by Whole Food Market's lack of support for Prop 37. Is this due to pressure from the supply chain? I understand that Monsanto is spending millions to defeat this bill. Are they spending millions at Whole Food Market?
10/04/2012 5:23:26 AM CDT
christopher james clark says ...
whole foods allegedly supports prop 37 yet they don't even label the GMO foods they have in their own shelves. what a truly shameful company.
10/04/2012 5:25:28 AM CDT
Golden says ...
OPPORTUNITY MISSED! God knows how much money you DO spend on PR and public perceptions... WAKE UP! You are missing a GOLDEN opportunity to further your own prosperity and future success as a COMPANY THAT STANDS WITH PEOPLE. Don't you get it??? Jesus! CHANGE your policy... contribute to a life and death cause... and your own CUSTOMERS will FLOCK to your stores in droves. You have a little over a MONTH to impress your competitors and customers. Opportunities like this are VERY rare.... and a timely donation will reap a hundredfold in gross sales. Hello?????
10/04/2012 5:27:38 AM CDT
AmandaLp says ...
If you support the labeling of GMOs, then why not take the first step and label the GMO products in your own stores? 1) it will go a long ways towards transparency, 2) given your clientele you might make more money by pushing even more people to organic and non GMO products, and 3) you can show Monsanto and other stores that labeling is not expensive and will not bankrupt anyone.
10/04/2012 5:43:47 AM CDT
Jeremy says ...
Your policy not to get too involved in politics is a good one, and perhaps the only reasonable approach you can take. However, as a retailer, you do control the content of your shelves. Big-box stores have for a couple decades dictated to their suppliers which products - and components - they will and will not stock. You have that same power. As loyal customers, I believe we've proven that we're willing to pay a bit more for healthy food, and we've also shown a willingness to accept that there are certain products for which we simply cannot get healthy alternatives. Drop the garbage from the shelves, and we'll gladly do without; keep the garbage on the shelves, and many of us will find other places to shop, even if we must pay more.
10/04/2012 6:41:34 AM CDT
Karen Hollender says ...
Thank you for being a leader in the health food market. I am concerned about GMOs in our food supply. I am hoping you will use your welcomed influence on our country's policies on food production to end the use of GMOs. Thank You Karen Hollender
10/04/2012 7:16:49 AM CDT
Linda says ...
What is clear is that by NOT financially supporting Prop37 you are missing a fantastic opportunity to stand with the people who shop with you. You may not wish to vote with your dollars, but rest assured they will. It just doesn't make sense that Whole Foods (the name says it) would not devote it's resources to the policy of that which is guaranteed to be preferrable for all Americans (certainly Californians) and ultimately is healthy for your own bottom line. You guys would be heroes!...unless you know that you'd have to gut your store or at least really tell the truth about your food in order to comply with the new law. Could that be it?
10/04/2012 8:41:55 AM CDT
Dan says ...
WFM, thank you for your high quality whole food organic produce. I wish you had a greater variety of these although I know that it must be difficult. Please work on that and encourage conventional growers to switch to biodynamic organic methods. Thanks also for your reasonable responses to everyone and the greater efforts that you are taking. I'm also thankful to Organic Spies for bringing this to everyone's attention. It is sad that somewhat inflammatory methods were used. Though I don't vote, nor urge others to or not to or commit their funds in certain ways, I do my research and am active in making known my positions to those I purchase from. WHAT I WANT: 1) I DON'T want GMO's in my organic or conventional whole food products and if they are I want them to be labeled as such, 2) even if it is not required to label these GMO I would like YOU to label foods that way anyhow when you confirm this to be so. Is there a law against YOU putting a sticker on something that says "the company that manufactures this processed food is a known GMO user" or something of that sort? Then, let the people decide what they want to buy or not buy, who they want to "vote" for with their dollars or who they don't want to support. At the very least they will do an internet search on GMO. ...Obviously, the powers that be will try to stop you with dirty tricks as they have been known to. They'll frame you and run you into the ground, take your money and you'll be no more. Hmm. Maybe you should just come up with something a little less disastrous then #2, but you get the idea.
10/04/2012 10:57:47 AM CDT
Debbie Snyder says ...
I really want to believe you. However, I am not totally convinced. I understand why you do not want to give money to a political campaign. There are other ways to show your support for Prop 37. Spend money on researching all the products you sell in your store and if they are in any way associated with GMO's let your customer's know that so we can make a choice of what we put in our bodies. After all you tout in it in the name of your store "WHOLE FOODS"
10/04/2012 11:06:05 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@NADIR - 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.
10/04/2012 11:07:12 AM CDT
SonyaM says ...
You are not listening to your customers. We want to depend on you to sell us good food, but we can't trust what we buy in your stores anymore. Stop selling Cascadian Farms and SILK and state why it is. The bottom line is that you are afraid of Monsatan and your revenue. SHAME ON YOU.
10/04/2012 11:53:14 AM CDT
Art Granoff says ...
Clearly, with no financial support for prop 37, Whole Foods is enforcing the pro-gmo agenda. Put your money where your mouth is Whole Foods, and gain some credibility with your customers.
10/04/2012 1:04:05 PM CDT
Carol Hayes says ...
I just ask that you let me know which products contain gmo. I sacrifice alot so that I can eat healthy. I go to Whole Foods for the SOLE purpose of having healthy food choices. If I can't feel confident shopping there, I will have to find alternatives, even if it means driving far out of my way to do so. Thanks for listening.
10/04/2012 2:14:55 PM CDT
JohnElligott says ...
Please donate to the Prop 37 fund. Also please remove big culprits like HFCS and canola oil from your stores. No one is perfect but at least start the ball rolling. Thanks for all you do.
10/04/2012 2:52:53 PM CDT
Djohn MaCkey says ...
WHOLE FOODS DOES NOT SUPPORT MONSANTO *****BUT***** Whole Foods is a huge indirect financial supporter of Monsanto through the food supply chain. Whole Foods takes money from customers who buy things, then it sends that money to food producers who, in turn, send that money to farmers growing GM crops. Those farmers, of course, send that money to Monsanto for genetically modified seeds. So buying these GMO products from Whole Foods is essentially stuffing dollars into the pocket of Monsanto.
10/04/2012 3:20:52 PM CDT
Bill Hoefer says ...
I don't buy your reason for not financially supporting Prop 37. You make your profits on selling merchandise to your customers - most of whom are long-time, loyal shoppers (like my family). If 90% of Americans support a GMO labeling law (probably >95% of your discerning customers), then who pray-tell are the other customers and stakeholders that you are concerned about offending if they discovered that you supported a mere right-to-know, labeling law? I would bet that 100% of your customers demand high quality products from you. The list of ingredients (including GMO foods) is essential in order to evaluate quality. The movement against GMO foods is growing. This is a huge opportunity for you. Be a leader, not be a follower. Lead the fight for mandatory labeling of GMO foods. Your only angry customers will be the Monsanto executives who buy their non-GMO food at your stores!
10/04/2012 4:36:22 PM CDT
Stacy says ...
This is unacceptable. You've lost yourself a loyal customer!
10/04/2012 4:42:12 PM CDT
ranch111 says ...
The video shows just how poorly team members either grasp the GMO thing, or, the more likely scenario is poor training and knowledge retention. The quality of team members has plummeted. Some of the people who work at WFM are either high or don't care. And yes, as John has stated in print in the past, WFM sells a bunch of junk. That was an understatement. That was the ultimate sin, the bargain with the devil as it were. It's a real shame because WFM could have been a real force for food change. Instead, WFM has literally embraced GMOs with fervent passion (profits have soared), basically rolling over to Monsanto. It's really unbelievable that this is where we're at with food. Just 15 years to destroy it all. Do the right thing John and rid your stores of all GMO. You are literally helping kill the planet through the sale of these poisons. I know, you'll take quite a financial hit, but isn't it all about love? Heh.
10/04/2012 6:21:05 PM CDT

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