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lynda says ...
I love this post! I will point everyone who repeats some weird version of the TOTALLY erroneous and misleading OCA rant over here. It's great all that WFM and its team members and it's customers have done to create a more sustainable world and very sad and frustrating that there seem to be intentional and incorrect slanders from 'non-profits' who make nothing (but false claims)! Criticize by creating OCA and the world will be better for everyone. Don't dump on the good guys--for the moment there's enough of the bad guys still in business:)
02/02/2012 8:52:23 AM CST
jay says ...
what about the labeling on the "organic" asparagus, in the frozen section that has certified organic on it, with the made in china label on it, and the other label telling us it was certified by an outside company? there was a news story and they called your outside company and they said they cant certify products from china. Did you just stop putting made in china on the other vegetables, or did you stop sourcing from china on the other 365 labeled products?
02/02/2012 11:57:19 AM CST
Glinda says ...
The fact is that almost all foods grown by seed now have GMOs in them because of cross-pollination. It's now become extremely hard to avoid. Organic farmers are trying hard to avoid it, but I bet even they can no longer guarantee that every single seed they plant is not contaminated with GMOs.
02/02/2012 10:18:08 AM CST
Renaldoo says ...
Just LABEL THE PRODUCTS YOU PRODUCE THAT CONTAIN GMOs. Quit hiding behind all green paint.
02/02/2012 9:07:59 AM CST
Snehal says ...
Hi, My question is why does Whole Foods even carry stuff with GMO products? Why can't it ban from being sold in Whole Foods? Just stop selling the GMO products and declare Whole foods as a NON-GMO Health Food Store. Thanks, Snehal
02/02/2012 10:35:24 AM CST
Suzanne Tugman says ...
I reside in Idaho and had not heard the rumor mill about Monsanto and Whole Foods so I read your response with great interest. As a former employee of Wild Oats I had the occasion to meet with the future reps of Whole Foods (during the transition) and was blown away by WF’s commitment to widen their existing vision for global sustainability. Of course this vision would incur various challenges along the way as there is great work to be done not only in educating ourselves but in the implementation of sustainable farming practices on a global scale. It is interesting that the farmers in the United States have often been attacked for being behind in this transition but Whole Foods is making huge strides on the global scale which seems to be loosening Monsanto’s strangle hold over some US farmers. We have come a long way over the past 30 years to try and educate the consumer and restore healthy farming practices. Back then, buying organic foods labeled the consumer as being a part of a “hippy cult” because this type of food quality reflected a growing defiance against the mounting threat to our food supply. That was a different world back then and though the organic food industry has experienced growing pains it has maintained focus and expanded into concepts that I find brilliant and inspirational. In a world where suspicion for large companies is now the norm it is imperative for vital companies like Whole Foods to lead the way towards transparent business to rebuild the trust that was lost. Additionally, we the consumers should develop a keen eye to assist in directing the global change while maintaining vigilance over our growing pessimism so to allow room for possibility. I was in Colorado this past week and visited the WF store in Golden on a daily basis and found several items that were clearly labeled non GMO as well as organic which alludes to the same protection. Great job everyone!
02/02/2012 10:48:20 AM CST
Pooch says ...
You guys are just covering your asses. We know your real agenda.
02/02/2012 11:04:27 AM CST
paig292 says ...
@Snehal and others That's a fair question, but it's not a simple proposition. People are surprised when they learn the pervasiveness of GMOs throughout the US food supply. In 2010, 86% of corn, 93% of soy, 90% of canola, and 95% of sugar beet crops grown in the US were genetically modified. The Grocery Manufacturers Association estimates that GMOs are now present in 75 to 80% of non-organic processed food sold in the US. At Whole Foods Market, once you combine the organic products, our 365 Everyday Value branded products and the Non-GMO Project Verified products, we sell more Non-GMO items than most other grocery stores.
02/02/2012 11:11:49 AM CST
Natanya Anderson - Community Manager says ...
The only 365 frozen vegetables from China are edamame and we say so right on the package. Because we want to offer our customers choices, we also have frozen edamame that's grown in North America.
02/02/2012 10:54:29 AM CST
ddressler says ...
another big concern is the frozen vegetable coming from China labeled under Whole Foods brand why would you use China as a distributor for your veggies? why would anyone want to eat veggies coming from China? or anywhere that far away? but especially China who has no regulations and even their own people are finally up in arms, over their biggest baby food company and sick babies due to no regulations. please STOP BUYING VEGGIES FROM CHINA unless its an exotic only found in China, type food, we have our own farmers right here
02/02/2012 10:32:40 AM CST
Susheila Utterback says ...
If you're publicly traded then you wouldn't be able to stop Monsanto from purchasing shares right? Good to know they aren't a majority stockholder anyway!
02/02/2012 10:27:31 AM CST
Christine Frisbee says ...
We do hear that these things are happening, yet, we depend upon WholeFoods to be an honest resource for us. Make us that promise, please! We love your stores!
02/02/2012 10:26:51 AM CST
Ben says ...
That's very good to hear.
02/03/2012 7:20:29 AM CST
Mark says ...
Next you'll be telling us that the US Government wasn't responsible for 9/11, or that aliens from outer space don't control the Federal Reserve.... Idiots start rumors, and fools who own computers can't even do basic research to verify or refute them. WF is an excellent, well-run, customer and employee friendly company. It's sad that jerks try to smear its rep, and "journalists" slant and sensationalize "news".
02/03/2012 7:34:24 AM CST
Jeb says ...
USDA Organic products are allowed to contain something like 5% gmo. GMO's are slipped into many things. Watch your soy products like lecithin. Will someone please do something about monsanto. They are destroying the earth and us along with it.
02/04/2012 9:42:54 AM CST
Tracey Shanklin says ...
Thanks for sharing this! You're right... there's alot of public misconception about GMO and any rumored relationship with Monsanto. I teach our Day 1 classes and this topic always comes up. Thanks so much for sharing the info!
02/02/2012 9:52:53 AM CST
Anne says ...
So, if I buy a product with a certain amount of fat or sugar in it, I can read that on the label and make an informed consumer choice. But I don't have the right to see on the label that the genes from another species were artificially inserted in a laboratory to create the transgenic corn product in my child's cereal?
02/02/2012 10:25:34 AM CST
Zach says ...
"Renaldoo: Just LABEL THE PRODUCTS YOU PRODUCE THAT CONTAIN GMOs. Quit hiding behind all green paint." This is stupid and you know it. What else do you want them to do, replace "conventional" signs on produce with a big skull and crossbones "PRODUCED WITH PESTICIDE" sign? Buy organic. If you don't want to do the research yourself, just buy organic only. It's that simple.
02/02/2012 10:05:24 AM CST
Sarah says ...
Do some of these people even shop in a Whole Foods Market store or bother to read the other information on this website that started this whole thing? Do a little more research to find the real truth about all the good things Whole Foods does to improve our food system including establishing the highest body care standards in the industry, animal welfare rating standards and their local producer loan program to name a few. Pick on the other grocery chains that don't do anything close to what Whole Foods does for their communities and the world at large.
02/02/2012 10:06:30 AM CST
Carolyn Roberts says ...
Oh, thank you for dispelling this rapidly spreading rumor. Will definitively post this on FB :)
02/08/2012 9:11:18 PM CST
Derrick says ...
Your customers are woefully ignorant to the fact that your stores contain GMOs! Providing an online list is not enough. You say you believe in co-existance of GMO's, there is no such thing! GMOs take over traditional crops! As a large corporation in the health foods industry you should be leading the front for the labeling fight. There is currently 3 different bills in congress to help with GMO front. Please push for this, and educate your customers!! I know personally in Houston there is nothing in your stores that tells the customers that GMOs are in the store. And most of the employees are under the false impression that GMOS are not in your stores, and they are passing this ignorance on to your customers.
02/04/2012 1:51:21 PM CST
Monica says ...
How is wholefood GMO free if sells plenty of Seedless grapes, watermelons and oranges. Which are proven to have been chemically engineered?
02/02/2012 6:38:21 PM CST
John says ...
Is it true that "Millions Against Monsanto" is behind the false rumors? That what is said in this post on The Daily Paul. http://www.dailypaul.com/178036/millions-against-monsanto-campaign-funded-by-rockefeller-and-merck
02/03/2012 12:44:59 AM CST
candace grubbs says ...
i'm so glad it isnt true!
02/02/2012 8:07:17 PM CST
Beccabluegurl says ...
Thanks for clarifying WFs efforts. I agree with Myrtle, however, the point is that you do sell a lot of products with GMO ingredients. Is there a plan to stop doing so altogether? That would certainly be the ideal and go a long way to putting Monsanto out of business. :)
02/02/2012 9:33:34 AM CST

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