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renaldoo says ...
what is inaccurate about this post: "@ Lisa You are incorrect. Many Wholefoods 365 products contain GMOs. It is only a very small minority of Whole Foods and 365 products that are labeled GMO free. The rest ARE NOT GMO free."
02/02/2012 3:18:57 PM CST
Mattie says ...
I read an aricle (I'll try to find it), that said the USDA forced Whole Foods to sell GMO products. Is there any Truth to this? How can we put Monsanto out of business?
02/02/2012 9:08:33 AM CST
Todd says ...
I simply love Whole Foods stores. The best bang for the buck on Organic and Natural Products. I drive over 45 miles to shop there. Unfortunately there are Brands with GMO ingrediants readily sold at Whole Foods. If a product contains Soy or Corn and its not labeled Organic you can almost assure you are buying a product with GMO's (very few exceptions here) I reported this to my local store about at least one brand that has been tested for GMO's and they said they would check into it but never did anything about it. Buying Organic is almost the only reasonable way I know of to avoid GMO's.
02/02/2012 9:28:56 AM CST
renaldoo says ...
@ Paige Brady Take away the organics, and the list is very short. And I know only a small minority of your products are labeled Non GMO- it was only recently that you removed the "unverified" 365 products from the 365 product list on your non gmo website. Could you list them so we can compare?
02/02/2012 8:16:00 PM CST
Kristofer Young, DC says ...
Thank you for your response! Are you saying that Whole Foods supports labeling non-GMO products rather than labeling GMO products? It seems very clear that we need the GMOs labeled. Dr. Kristofer Young
02/02/2012 8:26:58 PM CST
Samoan says ...
Thanks for the detailed explanations.
02/02/2012 11:21:05 AM CST
YVONNE ESPARZA says ...
THANKS FOR UPDATE. Whew!
02/02/2012 11:17:39 AM CST
Michelle says ...
I am thankful that you're addressing this issue. In the health food industry, I think it's important to educate the public about GMOs, even if your business can't take on the Goliath Monsanto company. For 8 years, I worked in a like-minded health food store. The CEO stated, (in an ill-placed joke) "Monsanto? We love them. They give us a great deal on corn!" Obviously, the company I worked for and believed in had changed. I quit my job there a few months later. I understand that GMOs are everywhere, and it would be difficult to have a store that excluded all products containing GMO ingredients. I am proud of your company for the fact that you stand behind GMO-labeling and at least seem conscious of the implications the GMO take-over would have on the food supply, on your business, and on the health food industry as a whole.
02/02/2012 11:18:30 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
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
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
chemicals are killing my planet says ...
Naked juice contains GM ingredients. I believe you sell that product. Don't sell any products that have Genetically Modified ingredients.
02/05/2012 12:38:04 AM CST
Suzette says ...
I and other consumers have an expectation that when we shop at your store we are not at risk of eating GMO's whether the item is organic or not. We presume that when you say "Natural" that it means they follow organic policies but didn't bother with the certification. We presume as our advocate and store that you have ensured your suppliers adhere to these policies. Mayor Guliani in New York proved it only takes one influential person to make a change. If you refuse to support GMO products it will reduce the market and thereby increase the amount of organic farms and decrease the pervasive planting of GMO foods. When i shop at Whole Foods I don't want to have to search on a website for qualified products, look at a label etc... Just be brave and stop supporting them!
02/15/2012 7:20:18 PM CST
Regina says ...
Thanks for the info, it's very helpful. Lets discuss: Clearly, WFM sells sell organic foods, and Non-GMO foods. In fact, the products on the shelves that are indeed organic & non-GMO verified say so on the packaging... I purchase these items, proudly. Items which say ALL NATURAL, are just as bad as MacDonalds & Monsanto. These items contain GMOs. Most every item consisting of corn, soy, canola, etc are GMO. Efforts of farmers notwithstanding, cross-pollination basically ensures this. As an educated consumer, I read every label. If any of the listed ingredients contain known GMOs, I chose not to buy it. WFM choosing to stock & sell ALL NATURAL items would seem odd; but until a GMO labeling mandate is put in place, it is the responsibility of the consumer to spend their $ elsewhere. So, I shop at WFM, and read labels. I chose not to purchase the 365 brand of nuts, because they are roasted w/ Canola oil. Thank you for the labeling so I can make that choice.
02/15/2012 10:44:39 AM CST
Henri Clinch says ...
I love WF, doing the bulk of my shopping there. But I do wish that WF products using soy lecithin, especially organic products, would state whether it is gmo soy lecithin. Even better, now that there are market alternatives, if WF could switch over to using organic soy lecithin, that would be ideal. I'd be happy to pay more.
02/14/2012 10:17:03 AM CST
Andy B says ...
Hey folks, GMOs are not "natural" or "all natural". WF recently took a stand against misleading labeling of body care products. They need to do the same with food products. Companies should not be allowed to advertize "natural" on a product if it contains GMO ingredients. It's as simple as that. If WF wants this issue to go away they need to take a stand and require that their suppliers only put "all natural" on a product if it doesn't contain GMOs.
02/13/2012 5:26:30 PM CST
andrea says ...
How can a company called "Whole Foods" even consider carry any sort of GMO foods and why didn't they take a harder core stance against it??? You didn't answer that question. I will buy my 3 dollar a pound apples elsewhere- Whole Foods should be called "Whole Fools"
02/11/2012 11:58:39 PM CST
Dominique says ...
I still don't believe your propaganda. WFM really only cares about the bottom line, not settling for the average profit margin of most grocery store chains. And you do it with unscrupulous methodology and by taking advantage of the "team members" you so boldly proclaim to support. Your wages are lower, costs of food higher, insurance coverage pathetic. Your turnover is pretty high for a company who alleges team building.
02/12/2012 8:28:50 PM CST
stonehillady says ...
I hope you all understand that Bill Gates owns the major shares of Monsanto now, detirmined to use GMO's any where they can to eliminate the population growth. As you might know ranchers that feed GMO to their herds are experiencing extremely low birth rates due to hormone changes GMO's do to ALL Life.....FDA can't be trusted because they refuse to allow outside testing of GMO's other then from the Chemical & Drug Industry, which are ALL BEHIND the money made from treating illnesses that GMO's cause & to sell more chemicals & Drugs. Monsanto just lost a case to a French farmer who developed a serious nerve disease from using Chemicals made by Monsanto on his crops & he actually WON his case....! Folks, it seems our Government is NOT for what is good & safe to eat & drink but, has taken this nation into total Fascism for the corporation world who want to eliminate the world's population by making us slowly die off & make profit at the same time managing our ills with even more drugs. I hope Whole Foods stays in the fight to deliever food in it's purest State & fights the Evil of those that want to literally kill us slowly & make money in the process.
02/16/2012 5:15:33 AM CST
june beallor says ...
Dear Whole Foods, We have started a movement to get whole foods to stop carrying GMO products - I suggest you guys step up to the plate as this movement will grow and it will hit your pocketbooks. It is also sad that you carry foods that are grown with systemic pesticides.
02/11/2012 3:20:25 PM CST
No Monsanto says ...
It's unfortunate, all these comments from people who are taking Whole Foods' word as if they have no intention of covering their own asses. Notice they haven't officially stated that they do not do business with Monsanto. There's a ton of information about Monsanto and even Whole Foods at http://MonsantoBoycott.com
02/10/2012 4:10:35 PM CST
paig292 says ...
@Frank Plughoff We believe that GE food should be clearly labeled, and that the USDA and FDA’s policies on GE foods are not consistent with our consumers’ expectations. That said, we aren't going to sit around waiting for them to come around and start labeling. Instead we are putting our energy into support of <a href="http://www.nongmoproject.org/" rel="nofollow">The Non-GMO Project</a>, which works to ensure the sustained availability of non-GMO choices through an industry-wide product standard. We are committed to sourcing our store brand products to avoid GE ingredients, and we will continue to fight for strong organic standards that do not allow the use of GE crops.
02/10/2012 10:57:41 AM CST
Topher says ...
Vote with your wallet, people. If WF and many other markets sold only non-GMO... they'd be the ones out of business, not Monsanto. Since products with GMO are NOT yet labeled - find the ones that are labeled non-GMO (i.e. non-GMO Verified Project). That simple. Thanks WF for making us more aware, and kudos for dispelling the rampant rumors.
02/09/2012 11:52:02 PM CST
Jamie says ...
To those saying that voluntary non-gmo labels at WF are not enough and that it needs to be mandatory to label the GMO stuff....look do you expect Whole Foods (or even the govt) to slap "contains animal products" (equivalent to "contains GM ingredients") on everything in the store that INST vegan? Or is it perhaps far far far more reasonable to expect vegans and vegan companies to self-label their products as "Vegan" or "contains no animal products" (equivalent to voluntary "non-gmo" labeling). For those who dont know animal products on the ingredient label can be just as ambiguous as GMO ingredients. If a label says "soy" u dont know if its GM or not unless you call the company and ask. Similarly if the label says "lactic acid" or "mono-diglycerides" you cant be sure if it is animal or vegetable derived unless you call and ask. The people who have fears of GMO food need to do what vegans already do, we read labels and call companies about questionable ingredients. We also seek out products made by companies enrolled in voluntary vegan labeling programs. You who have GMO fears can do the same things, the tool already exist. Dont expect the govt to cater to your or ethical concerns, do it yourself. Just do the same amount of work that many other already do.
02/09/2012 11:48:40 AM CST

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