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sarah says ...
the problem is that there is NOT a law about listing GMOs in products. and you can thank the FDA for that. god forbid we know whats in our food. we cant know whats in our food or it would put other companies out of business.
02/02/2012 9:43:21 AM CST
Liz Ciulla says ...
Thank you for clarifying. It is a shame that so many in this country take advantage of EVERY opportunity to point the finger at someone else in the hopes of destroying their credibility and raising their own status. Goes back to divide and conquer used by so many political strategies. Keep up the good work of helping strengthen people with the positive outlooks.
02/02/2012 9:44:41 AM CST
Dee says ...
People need to understand that the majority of food in this world does contain GMO's! This is not some conspiracy people. Have you ever thought about the wind carrying seeds from one GMO plant to another??? It's not like Whole Foods is intentionally not labeling foods with GMO in it. It's much more realistic to assume that everything you buy that is not organic or part of the NO GMO project has some sort of GMO in it.
02/02/2012 9:50:46 AM CST
Dee says ...
People should be upset with the government not forcing the food industry to label our food with/ with out GMO not WHOLE FOODS!
02/02/2012 9:51:59 AM CST
jensenc says ...
Very well put. Thank you for the clear info, Libba!
02/02/2012 9:52:23 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
jenny says ...
We need to be diligent and aware that GMO's have not been tested for safety and the hazards that they could pose to our environment and our health could be catastrophic. Monsanto and Dow Chemical company are creating frightening things to put on our tables! I just read a few days ago that Dow Chemical Company os pushing a new GMO corn seen patent through the FDA that is Agent Orange resistant. Now why would someone create a seed that is resistant to Agent Orange if they were not planning to use Agent Orange on us? Think about that & remember what happened to very innocent people in Vietnam just a few short years ago. Are we coing to sit by and let this happen?
02/02/2012 10:02:20 AM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Bobbie Thank you for reaching out. If you have specific questions we would be more than happy to talk with you about those issues. Please reach out to our Customer Service line with these questions and our Team Members will respond as soon as possible. Their contact information is below. http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/company/service.php
02/02/2012 10:02:33 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
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
Arthur says ...
I can't tell if this is propaganda or Whole Foods being sincere. The Organic Consumers Association wrote a good piece elucidating Whole Foods policies and products. Hopefully, my comment doesn't get censored. Dissenting opinions don't seem to be allowed. http://www.organicconsumers.org/Whole_foods_unfi.cfm http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_22449.cfm
02/02/2012 10:19:27 AM CST
DSM says ...
The WF organic high price tag on "natural" products, is starting to rub some on the wrong side.
02/02/2012 10:23:57 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
Arthur says ...
The problem with Whole Foods is its need to make larger and larger profits, since it is now a publicly traded company. The corporation now needs to pay its shareholders a nice return. If Whole Foods really cared about helping small scale producers, they would expand their offerings from small scale producers. Chocolate is one area where they are dominated by large corporations that try to make themselves look small. Dagoba anyone? Whole Foods is just like every other corporation that needs to pay its shareholders. The new corporate board does not care about organic unless it makes them more money. Whole Foods would have had to spend money to ensure the integrity of its suppliers, but it chose to give into large GMO producers and not contest GMO labeling. I used to love Whole Foods, but then I woke up to their racket. There are many good people who work for Whole Foods, true believers, but in reality Whole Foods is just another corporation. Viva Farmers Markets!
02/02/2012 10:26:34 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
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
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
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
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
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
Dorothy Kinne says ...
There is NO REASON WF needs to stock its shelves with Karo Syrup but not Coca Cola. You are in bed with Monsanto or whole foods.would be GMO FREE period you are just a fancy safeway with more deceptive mwrkwting shame on you.
02/02/2012 11:16:25 AM CST
YVONNE ESPARZA says ...
THANKS FOR UPDATE. Whew!
02/02/2012 11:17:39 AM CST

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