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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
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
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
lea says ...
@ dominique. Please do some research. I work for whole foods as only a cashier...no management position. I've been with the company a few years, make over $14/hr, pay next to nothing for insurance, I am given a $1000 from Whole Foods every January on a health care card to cover copays or things like acupuncture, I receive a 27% discount, and stock and retirement options. So I do believe Whole Foods treats their employees better than you may think.
02/15/2012 2:41:22 AM 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
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
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
Laura says ...
Thank goodness!! Thank you for posting this.. I almost cried when my boyfriend passed on a rumor regarding Whole Foods and the devil company..
02/16/2012 9:10:05 AM CST
JON says ...
Thanks for clarifying this up.
02/16/2012 9:49:04 AM CST
lee says ...
but you are trading on the stockmarket, anytime monasanto decides to own you, it can.
02/16/2012 11:10:27 AM CST
GD says ...
You proved the point - that you favor or fear Monsanto, by not fighting harder. This is why they have taken over countries, and muscled their way in when clearly people do not want their food - no one is fighting hard enough. We expect you TOO FIGHT for our food freedom with everything you have. Or why buy from you. You have made billions off of our trust that you sell healthy tested food, so if you back off from a fight - what can you expect. Lack of trust. This example is true of the organics industry in many arenas. We pay higher prices because we believe someone cares & is monitoring. If not, we will go somewhere else in droves. By the way, NO ONE is monitoring the amount of radiation in our food. It is complete negligence and at some point people will hold them accountable.
02/16/2012 12:07:36 PM CST
Laurel Simmons says ...
It seems to me the emphasis on the Monsanto rumor just deflects attention the larger concern. Whole Foods holds itself to be a force for improving the US food system. Its unwillingness to take an unequivocal stand and use its size as a force for real change is a huge dissapointment. What options do most people have to make truly informed choices if we can't trust WF to help us? I remember years ago feeling reassured by WF when they educated me about why they didn't use cottonseed oil. I thought, 'great, they're looking out for me.' I feel really let down.
02/16/2012 3:24:29 PM CST
Vanessa says ...
Agree with.... YES!! Makes total sense. Renaldoo: Just LABEL THE PRODUCTS YOU PRODUCE THAT CONTAIN GMOs. Quit hiding behind all green paint. February 2nd, 2012 at 9:07 am
02/16/2012 6:32:42 PM CST
NotConvinced says ...
I would like to say that I have TOTAL confidence in WF, but I don't. Unfortunately WF's has become part of the defiled corporate conglomerate world just like all of the other BIG BIZ the rest of us 99%ers are fighting. Heck they are are probably big enough now they could elect someone into office using the Citizen's United decision made possible by our Supreme Court "Justices". Don't let anyone fool you, these new "life forms" the Supreme Court has deemed as "human", aka Corporations rub elbows in the men's rooms, cigar rooms, golf courses and anywhere else they don't think anyone is looking...all at the expense of our hard-earned cash and the insurance we pay for and don't get to use and our health that is slowly, but surely degrading away even as our minds are also being brainwashed into believing the good guy is bad and the evil is our savior. (Yeah, I know...my post will be trashed along with my health from consuming Monsanto's GMO foods.)
02/17/2012 5:17:01 PM CST
John says ...
If you want GMOs to be labeled. I encourage you to sign this petition. http://justlabelit.org/
02/22/2012 6:05:53 PM CST
Jen mom says ...
Not much of a going along with the crowd person. I believe Whole Foods can do more. I have chosen to spend a considerable portion of my food budget at your store. I would love to be able to shop there and not have to worry about GMO products polluting my shopping experience. Realize as your customers become more educated about natural foods and organics we are going to place more demands on you as a store. You have an opportunity to hear your customers or perhaps someone else will and there will be a new niche market of stores that strictly regulate Gmo's in their stores and you will lose out. Your great success is on the shoulders of the many customers who have chosen to support you with our hard earned dollars. Please hear our voices and at least label things that include GMO's so we aren't forced to read every label. It will surely add a great value to your customers and perhaps give you much positive publicity for choosing to hear your customers.
02/22/2012 6:17:39 PM CST
Anon says ...
Did no one else notice the obvious contradiction here? "Rumor No. 3: Whole Foods Market recently decided to start selling food with GMOs. Wrong again!" ... "The most effective action we can take now is to label the food that DOESN’T include GMOs. If you want to avoid GMOs, here’s what to look for in our stores" So do you sell it or not?! Obviously you do, or you wouldn't have to label it or look out for it in your store!
02/22/2012 9:08:20 PM CST
Armando S. says ...
Dear WFM: As I know that these rumors have been squashed by your blogs, it has still left bad PR in the "organic" community. My advice to you is to reach out to members of that community in ways of better outreach (news articles, magazine prints, etc), so that they are informed. As a valued member of that community I fully understand the harmful nature of GMO crops and their creator Monsanto, but the rest of Americans are uneducated about this. I, and the rest of the community truly want to stand with you in the fight against selling GMO products. From a business standpoint, I understand that this is rather difficult and/or near impractical but keep in mind that people who shop at WFM stay loyal for the purposes that you promote organic, and local farms. By simply becoming the next "big" grocery chain only destroys your public image within the community, and therefore will cause you to lose loyal clients.
02/27/2012 9:55:21 AM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Armando I reached out to the post's author, Libba Letton, regarding your comment/suggestion. Here is her response. "Thanks for the feedback! We are working to get the message out to all our shoppers that at Whole Foods Market, our goal is to provide informed consumer choice about genetically engineered ingredients. We’ve done more than any other national retailer that we know of on this front. If shoppers want avoid GMOs, here are ways they can do so in our stores: •Try any of our 365 products as they are sourced to avoid GMOs. •Choose organic products, since USDA organic standards prohibit the use of GE ingredients •Look for the Non-GMO Project’s seal of verification on products in our stores. •We are working with our vendor partners every day to add more to our shelves. Each of our stores’ web pages has a shopping list of Non-GMO Project verified products carried in that store. (www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores) We believe the fastest route to transparency is through certified organic products and products verified under the Non-GMO Project’s verification and labeling program so we are focusing our efforts on increasing our offerings on this front."
02/27/2012 12:53:37 PM CST
Armando S. says ...
@Jane Johnson: Thank you so much for forwarding my response to the author, I truly appreciate my message taking notice. @ Libba Letton: It means so much to me and the rest of the community that our voices are at least heard and acknowledged. My last advice would be to have a direct link to this information on your homepage. It would be great PR, and would also help to relinquish these rumors. This information is not so easily accessible on your website, and I believe that your response is what the concerned consumer needs to read. Armando S.
02/27/2012 2:57:37 PM CST
Brenda Jewell says ...
What about the current allegations that some of your organic foods are imported from China. Have you adequately investigated what the term organic means in China?
03/01/2012 7:16:31 PM CST
Brian says ...
Approximately 2/3 of the products sold by Whole Foods Market and their main distributor, United Natural Foods (UNFI) are not certified organic, but rather are conventional (chemical-intensive and GMO-tainted) foods and products disguised as “natural.”If WFM had any integity or moxy it would go completely organic,but it won't coz they too are part of the vampiric process.
03/03/2012 10:16:16 AM CST
franklin says ...
Yes, Whole Foods Market sells some products that contain GMO's. Because GMO's have tainted food crops all over the world and it is impossible to know what does and does not have in it, unless consistently tested! So until food containing GMO's are properly labeled and food companies test their OWN products for GMO's then it is uncertain just how much of the products have GMO's in them. WF carries most of the same products that I find at my local co-op. So I can also assume that most natural food stores unknowingly carry GMO tainted foods. If these products were properly labeled then we wouldn't find them in ANY health food store. I find it ridiculous that people expect a GROCERY STORE to do their fighting for them. GD why aren't you fighting for your own "food freedom" ? All this talk about "expecting more from a natural food store" is great in theory. But what about pressuring the people who actually MAKE the food, not distribute it. It's great to see everyones passion about this issue but how about we direct it towards the core source instead of taking the easy way out and expecting a retail chain health food store to fight this battle for us.
03/03/2012 3:22:36 PM CST
JT says ...
So why is WF not supporting the CA initiative to label GMO food? WF should be donating big bucks to the cause, but isn't. Why?
03/03/2012 3:37:27 PM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Brenda You can find the most up to date information regarding our organic sourcing from china at the below links. http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/whole-foods-market-responds-to-wjla/ http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/products/sourcing.php http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/2008/06/inside-scoop-organics-from-china/
03/05/2012 12:26:00 PM CST

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