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paig292 says ...
@David Alexander Whole Foods Market has been a staunch supporter of non-GE foods in the marketplace for many years. We have taken a strong and visible stance on biotechnology in agriculture, and will continue to do so. We will continue to work aggressively on this issue because we believe that GE food ingredients should be clearly labeled, and that consumers who want to avoid them should have an actionable way to do so. While the USDA’s decision will make our work more difficult, we are as committed as ever to ensuring that non-GE food remains available and we will continue to advocate for our farmers and for our shoppers on this issue. I encourage you to read this blog post from last year where we talk about what we will do after the USDA's decision: http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/2011/01/no-regulations-ge-alfalfa/
02/07/2012 4:57:23 PM CST
breej says ...
i dont think stating what you DIDNT do is hiding what you DID do. im so dissapointed at the research i have come across. WFM DIDNT 'sell out' to Monsanto, but they DID bargain with them. "Because we did not take the exact hard-line stance that the OCA did, they accused us of “being in bed with Monsanto,” and the rumor developed from there." Not taking a 'hard-line stance' against GMOs is the same thing as accepting them. Do people not understand that? WFM is supposed to be about WHOLE foods and defending the organic farms.... WFM is no better than Monsanto- they didnt stand up to them, they caved and bargained, hell they even sale monsantos products right in there store without a label!!! I will no longer be a whole foods shopper :(
02/07/2012 5:01:49 PM CST
Sammie says ...
So glad to know! All this time, ever since hearing the rumor, I have been avoiding the 365 brand. So nice to know I can welcome it back into my home!
02/08/2012 11:31:56 AM CST
Shelly says ...
Can you please explain why Whole Foods' 365 brand Corn Flakes contains "high levels" of GMOs (more than 50% GE corn)? This is very troubling and upsetting. Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/033838_breakfast_cereals_GMOs.html#ixzz1lq4HZPCt
02/08/2012 6:14:26 PM 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
Jackie says ...
I think the statement to dispel the rumors was a bunch of BS, probably written out by mansanto.
02/09/2012 12:30:22 AM CST
Andrew Ripley says ...
Hey Libba, I've been following the whole GMO debate for a little while. Sorry to hear you guys got rumors about you. It's truly sad to hear some folks are resorting to lies to stir up hysteria and pull at the conspiracy theory heart strings we can all react to. But then again, I guess the entire debate is shrowded with misinformation and this appears to be more of the same. Why they'd attack Whole Foods, I don't know. I love your guys' licorice--it's the best! I just wanted to express my distaste in general for this sort of tactic and thanks for setting the record straight. The worst thing we can do is make false conclusions from bad information--let alone misinformation.
02/09/2012 1:52:43 AM CST
Sangho Lee says ...
Thank you for the clarification. My first question is when we eat meat bought from your store, don't we eat GMO indirectly because the animals were fed GMO? My second question is do you promote "Non-BPA" labeling just as you do with "Non-GMO" labeling? Thank you. Sangho Lee
02/09/2012 9:19:23 AM CST
Frank Plughoff says ...
While the PR language of Whole Food's stance on GMOs sounds good, it's slightly misleading. Whole Foods still allows and sells products with GMOs in their stores. And they sell their own line of "premium-priced" organic foods that have no GMOs. That's quite a marketing strategy! At a store near me, in large block letters on the outside of the store it say that Whole Foods supports the labeling of GMOs. In reality, they only support the voluntary labeling by manufacturers who do not use genetically engineered ingredients. I have directly asked Whole Foods enumerable times over past months what is their official stand on MANDATORY labeling of GMOs. Each time I have met by silence. Over 50 countries in the world either ban GMOs outright or mandate that they be labeled so that people can choose. It only makes sense that a company that touts itself as concerned for the health of its customers and the proliferation of clean and organic foods would be directly opposed to GMOs and supportive of mandatory labeling for products that contain GMOs. WHOLE FOODS - WHAT IS YOUR OFFICIAL POLICY ON MANDATORY LABELING OF FOODS CONTAINING GENETICALLY MODIFIED INGREDIENTS?????
02/09/2012 11:26:53 AM 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
ConnieSue Dickinson says ...
Sell out is more like it and Whole Foods continues to defend themselves... they started out a wholesome source for good food, they they went big and corporate and greedy http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_24844.cfm
02/09/2012 12:36:09 PM CST
Brad Attig says ...
WF can do more. Creating a Non-GMO label on the surface seems like a good idea but the burden falls on individuals and small businesses that don't use GMO's and is a specific tactic to increase their operating expenses thus increasing costs to the public. This inevitably works in the favor of the large and close to monopolistic corporations since the cost of bringing GMO products to market relative to non-GMO's will appear even lower. Come on, the vast majority of Americans favor labeling products with GMO's. Most countries in Europe require it. This is a cop-out by WF. Put your market power where it does the most good for your customers. Simple adopt a policy that anything sold in WF that contains GMO's must be labeled as such. Companies complain, buy elsewhere. WF will get more publicity for free than they know what to do with and the resultant firestorm will encourage others to follow. Imagine if Wal-Mart followed suit? Bye-Bye GMO's..... As a result, the cost difference will narrow and with any luck Monsanto's profits will as well. That is how the market takes care of Robber Barons....
02/09/2012 5:26:08 PM 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
brian says ...
I DO NOT TRUST YOUR WORD!! I WISHED I DID!!!!
02/10/2012 2:32:46 AM CST
Dee says ...
I never believed any of the rummors! Sure wish you would come to Lakeland, FL and give Publix some competition!!! I hate having to drive an hour to get to a Whole Foods! Dee
02/10/2012 7:56:52 AM CST
paig292 says ...
@Shelly The product tested, 365 Everyday Value Corn Flakes, was discontinued in June 2011 (before these tests came out) and has been replaced with 365 Everyday Value <strong>Organic</strong> Corn Flakes. Because we prefer to source organic grocery products, the conventional product was discontinued and replaced with organic cereal. For a list of the many Non-GMO Project-verified products available at our stores, check your local store’s web site: www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores.
02/10/2012 10:11:19 AM 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
paig292 says ...
@Sangho Lee The best way to ensure that the animals did not receive GMO feed is to purchase organic meats. You can also look for meat from 100% pastured-raised animals. Yes, we are also concerned about BPA and have worked with our suppliers to strongly encourage the transition to non-BPA materials where functional alternatives exist. Check out <a href="http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/2010/01/the-fda-changes-its-tune-on-bisphenol-a/" rel="nofollow">this blog post on the details</a> and you can also review <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/products/bisphenol-a.php" rel="nofollow">our webpage about BPA</a>.
02/10/2012 10:59:21 AM 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
Jessica Britt says ...
This is great and everything, and I think that Whole Foods is okay to buy trusted name brands from, but I still prefer to buy produce from organic co-ops or farmers markets. I believe that local and organic is always the best way. Aside from the produce, certain brands are cheaper at organic co-ops and cheaper online than at Whole Foods anyway.
02/10/2012 5:17:16 PM CST
Eloise Hill says ...
This blog smells like green washing to me, especially given the close ties between your CEO and Tom Vilsak and his relationship with Monsanto. I have been watching this story develop for some time now and there are two good things that have arisen from the media coverage: first, it is abundantly clear that the time has come for concerned consumers to quit waiting for corporations like WF to protect them and take on the fight against GMO products themselves and second, this has helped me solidify my decision to take the $6000/year that I have been spending at your stores and divide it among local vendors whose products and politics I can trust.
02/10/2012 8:17:22 PM CST
Bryan Sammis says ...
I'm happy WholeFoods hasn't caved to "The Man"!!
02/11/2012 7:40:23 AM CST
Debbe says ...
Thank you for the clarification. I would have become a non-whole foods shopper. I am also considering employment there, but would not have done that either. Thank you for not siding with Monsanto and keeping healthy foods as your priority.
02/11/2012 8:50:36 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
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

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