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Nancy says ...
Instead of providing a list of products not containing GMO's, can you please just post your list of the foods that do, it would save me a whole lot of hassle. Thanks!
03/07/2012 3:38:21 PM CST
HealthyDoc says ...
In an effort to help ourselves, let’s look to the source of this GMO-warfare. We've got 6 former Monsanto execs now, thanks to our President, running with the others in the FDA. Obama has left the "whether it's safe to use GMO's up to the companies that make them". He doesn't want to be responsible for our welfare by not having the FDA do its job. Why? Because he put the Monsanto guys in there along with the 2 Bush put in. Our whole country is subjected to the ills of GMO's in our food supply. Corn and soy are the biggest offenders and all of the by-products from these crops. We've known in the ND and holistic community that GMO's are what "Celiac" folks and gluten-sensitive patients are reacting to. When exposed to those same grains in Europe where their foods are organic, no gluten-sensitivity. This is consistent with why US folks have the problems. GMO's react with the tissues in our intestines in ways that can never be corrected. These genetically inserted organisms are designed to kill their offenders, bugs (living organisms). When we consume them we also have tissue death and toxicity from them. Note- the medical community just announced that they've added gluten-sensitivity as a diagnosis consistent with celiac disease. That's great and all but without the connection being made between gluten-sensitive people and the GMO as root cause, we're never going to get this corrected. As with everything else, there's big money in treating illness. Our government (both parties) is tied up in the big business of Pharma-Corp-$-Govt-expense-of-the-people cycle. There's never going to be any help, unless it's grass-roots. Obama is trying to create a Healthcare initiative but won't hold the FDA accountable; he's perpetuating the whole demise. Don't think for a second, he doesn't know what he's doing. Put the pressure on from the top (Pres) and perhaps we'll get some resolve. As for WFM, do the best you can to buy labeled products with Non-GMO. It is unfortunate that they won't get on board with a large-scale refusal to carry GMO foods but when they're backed by the same big money as the Monsanto folks, they don't have to. Just be informed and make food choices and where you spend your money from an informed perspective. Support your local organic growers for produce when you can.
03/08/2012 2:48:54 PM CST
Noelle says ...
The one thing that will make sure we have the choice of purchasing products with or without GMO's, is a mandatory GMO label on all food products. Everyone eats and everyone has the right to know what is in our food. This is one area where the people have a lot of power in their voice for a very basic right. Google ewg gmo petition. WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT WE ARE EATING.
03/12/2012 8:34:26 PM CDT
House of Numbers says ...
Shopping at Whole Foods is little different from shopping at other grocery stores. Reading packaging labels is like navigating a minefield of booby traps. For me, the pleasant experience are the nice people who work at WF and the friendly atmosphere. At least most shoppers perceive they are buying healthy, though sadly it's often quite the opposite. Please support mandatory GMO labeling for our children's sake.
03/14/2012 12:41:07 AM CDT
John Leclerc says ...
Part of the original appeal of WF and health food stores is that you didn't have to score every ingredient label because it wastes time and effort. Originally you could trust the products offered. Now you can't, but there is a major alternative. Unlike the 365 brand, a very high percentage of products at Trader Joe's carry their private label, and TJ's has been auditing for and eliminating GMO ingredients in them since 2001. TJ's claim their brand name products are GMO free even when not organic. They also claim most of their seafood (frozen, canned, etc) is from sustainable sources approved by seafood watch, and it will all be by late 2012.
03/19/2012 11:35:25 PM CDT
Shelby says ...
Dear Whole Foods Monopoly, In your rant here in this blog, you still neglected to answer the real questions; Do you or do you not carry Monsanto produce? Do you or do you not label products and produce as organic - yet these "organic" things come from China? Can you answer these questions directly, without insinuating that the people accusing your establishment of being a farce are the crazy one's?
03/26/2012 7:54:47 AM CDT
Rick London says ...
Nice article but as I read it closer I could see the Washington-like spin. You do INDEED sell GMO-foods, but customers now have to look at the labels to make sure they are not getting them. Most of us neither have the time and us older ones the eyesight to do so. That is why we, for years, went to Whole Foods and paid a bit more so we wouldn't have to as we do at the regular grocery. You encourage your vendors to go GMO? Oh please. Why not just not carry GMO foods. Oh oh, don't explain...big profits..... This is ludicrous. Not too unlike the USA Certified foods you carry...grown in China. You've really lost your way. Kroger is healthier, frankly. Your sincere ex customer, Rick
03/26/2012 8:06:41 AM CDT
janejohnson says ...
@Shelby We do carry products that are non-organic and the only item we organically source from China are the 365 Organic Edamame.
03/26/2012 10:14:48 AM CDT
Lmangum says ...
Nobody at WF cares about your opinion. If you want to make changes is the food labeling / manufacturing intm this country I encourage you to sign the petition at justlabelit.org
03/28/2012 11:55:12 PM CDT
Earth Cannibal says ...
As always, most people here are avoiding the solution to this problem: self-sufficiency. If you choose to live in urban population centers, accept the fact that you will have to rely on systems out of your control to survive. If you want to ensure products are not tainted to your disliking, make them yourself...there are plenty of urban farming methods out there and plenty of open land between the coasts we all love some much. Just saying...
04/04/2012 12:24:51 AM CDT
Sally_Oh says ...
People, stop whining, use your brains and the information you have and make an informed decision. Read the labels. If it doesn't say "non-GMO", it's got GMOs in it. Move on. The fact is WF has done more for the non-GMO movement than any other grocery store BY FAR. I'm sure it's cost them money to do so. If you want the non-GMO movement to continue and expand, support every effort out there! The only way to hurt Monsanto is via its pocketbook. Boycott GMOs and patronize the stores that are working to help us make informed decisions. Is WF only doing this for the money? WHO CARES? I work for a living, too.
04/05/2012 8:41:39 AM CDT
Warofthewords says ...
Unfortunately reporters and writers often run with stories before checking them out, or worse—they don't care about accuracy, they just want to create controversy which gets viewers and readers. When the damage is done it takes a lot of hard work (and wasted time) to put it right. I shop at Whole Foods and really like the store. The employees that I see appear to be happy. They're sure friendly enough. So they get my vote of confidence and my dollar, until I've got proof that something is really wrong. And you'll know something's up when the lines start to shrink. Until then—Happy Passover and Happy Easter.
04/05/2012 2:38:40 PM CDT
AreYouKiddingMe says ...
Are you guys kidding me? John Mackey (CEO of Whole Foods) is a climate change denying libertarian. He admires Ayn Rand (who admired serial killers). Libertarians are known for their primitive views of free-market capitalism. They essentially want everything to be deregulated and to have corporations run the gov't (basically like it is today). Although I'm guilty of shopping here myself, I started going to local organic markets. The more money you give these corporate swindlers, the more power they have. What will you do when there is nowhere to shop but Whole Foods, Safeway, CVS, and Giant?
04/07/2012 5:12:58 PM CDT
Elisabeth Rose says ...
Whole Foods needs to stop using canola oil in all their prepared foods, pizza and salad bar, for starters. They can use other high-heat, non GMO oils, like organic Safflower oil, for their cooking, and olive oil or other oils for their cold, salad bar preparations. They shouldn't be selling gelato made from an outside source unless they know it is gelato made with real cane sugar, rather than sugar cut w/ 50% GMO beet sugar. They have to stop lying to people at their stores, where on more than one occasion folks working there have told me they don't have GMOs in their ingredients! Most importantly, they have to stop pretending to be about healthy eating unless they are going to fight back against the big companies and go all the way. Either Whole Foods is really about "whole" foods, or is just another huge food store, like Stop & Shop, etc.
04/11/2012 1:09:15 PM CDT
Sari A Myers says ...
Libba: When You ask intelligent people who are deeply concerned about both the integrity of our food supply and about the duplicitousness of our politicians, to "stop the insanity!" and then suggest that claims are "ridiculous!" you risk sounding like thou doth protesteth too much. I am not buying what You're selling, either here in this blog or on the shelves of Your pretty, pretty stores.
04/22/2012 4:04:09 PM CDT
jondska says ...
While I applaud WF for environmental concerns, I fail to comprehend why GMO's are regarded as bad. Is it bad to create a plant that can bear more fruit with less water or less fertilizer in a smaller space? Don't you think most of the food that is farmed is already from a GMO? I don't get it.
04/22/2012 8:14:16 PM CDT
OCA is a Fraud says ...
The OCA(Organic Consumers Association) is in bed with Monsanto. They are funded by their Merck and Rockefeller buddies. Do not support them. Those who attack Whole Foods with these kind of ridiculous accusations are probably in bed with Monsanto. Whole Foods is Monsanto's largest competition, so it isn't surprising to see so many trolls(like "Areyoukiddingme" trying to put WF in the same basket with CVS and freaking Safeway) here trying to give them a bad reputation. Or Shelby, who calls Whole Foods a monopoly....I really recommend you look up the definition of monopoly. Whole Foods is competing with a monopoly: Monsanto. Little organic co-ops cannot come close to competing with a fascist multi national corporation that dominates the entire world's agriculture through all means and ends, including world government bodies. They own the stores, brands, trucks, land, farms everything. It is going to take something at least the size of Whole Foods to keep this cartel in check. It is the consumers job the keep buying organic food and non-gmo food so there is demand for it. It is the consumers duty to challenge government actions regarding the issue and without becoming emotionally attached to these organizations who claim to be fighting Monsanto, but are not.
04/28/2012 6:34:19 PM CDT
SEO Consultant Shane Hunter says ...
This is good to see these rumors squashed. I love whole foods, and have frequented the new location in Encinitas, CA at least once a week since it opened! These rumors scared me, but now I can tell people the t
05/04/2012 6:17:55 PM CDT
YouDecide says ...
Dear WF you want to take a stronger stand against Monsanto and the likes, as well as a stronger and definite stand in labeling ALL your Products in a clear way. Banning out any "linguistic" game and misleading term... The reason why is very simple.. Or you stand or we leave your stores..! --WHAT'S BETTER?
05/15/2012 9:04:50 PM CDT
Mary Volk says ...
Thank you for clarifying the information that Monsanto had bought WF. They may not have bought your business yet, but it appears they have already bought your Soul. Why are you not standing up to them? You are in a powerful position to flight for consumer rights to healthy food, or is that just an illusion? I think this rumor was a wake up call for WF to do the right thing
05/17/2012 1:21:37 PM CDT
nate says ...
My family shops at Whole Foods, and love it! I do agree with some of the individuals who have posted above about their concerns. It would be great to understand what type of feed is being fed to the cows, fish, and chickens. I think a lot of people would just want to have more information about what they are ingesting. If our food system worked they way it is supposed to, organic would not be an option, it would be the standard. And, if it were the standard, food prices would drop, in which the end result would be people eating healthier. Oh, and it would drop healthcare costs as well. I'm glad Whole Foods exists, because they are at least creating a standard for what supermarkets should offer.
05/22/2012 4:37:20 PM CDT
Lina says ...
Do you endorse the campaign to label GMOs in California? Now that the petitions are in, your support in local stores could make a huge difference, and go a long way toward dispelling the rumors!
05/27/2012 1:41:15 AM CDT
Michael H. says ...
http://monsantoboycott.com/featured/usda-forces-whole-foods-to-accept-monsanto/ This article is very disappointing to me and my wife. We are loyal WF shoppers and, up until reading this article, trusted WF and its judgment. Shame on you. We intend to follow this story and others regarding WF's food ethics. If we are not completely satisfied that WF stands for 'good healthy food', then we will not hesitate to remove WF from our list of approved food sources and your brand new store on Lane Avenue in Upper Arlington, Ohio will not be one of our stops. It's that simple. Michael H.
06/01/2012 5:09:55 PM CDT
El says ...
WF, you named your enterprise “Whole Foods” obviously to target customers who care deeply about healthy foods. But, at the same time, you filled your shelves with GMO-laced “natural” foods undoubtedly knowing that industry research shows most customers thought “natural” means no pesticides and GMOs. (Perhaps like the liars at Kashi you thought it meant “minimally processed!”) Even if you hadn’t realized how confused consumers are by this term (impossible), you couldn’t reasonably have considered GMO foods inserted with bacteria, viral promoters and antibiotic markers and designed to survive being sprayed with residue-leaving glyphosate and 2,4 D poisons could possibly be considered “whole foods!” Better you should own up to being just an average grocery store; change to your founder’s name; and advertise “more organics than our competitors.” Perhaps then customers might be no angrier at you than say, Safeway, for promoting the expansion of GE foods by peddling them unlabeled to Americans. And then like Safeway and all the others, you wouldn’t have felt this need to call for “co-existence” with unmanageable frankencrops that spread their deviant pollen on the wind and threaten to annihilate all organic foods, as well as ruin our soils and kill off our bees. You and your fellow grocers could just sit back, count up your “all natural” profits, and quietly wait for the end.
06/07/2012 1:00:20 AM CDT
bull says ...
why does whole foods carry any gmo's or non organice produce? everyone that shops there is health concerned and does not want to eat anything sprayed with pesticides. I can buy regular produce soaked with poision at walmart for alot cheaper????? One more thing you now carry Brryers ice cream which from what i read is made from milk from cows that are treated with RBGH , a artificial growth hormown that is banned everywhere but here. Whats up with that???
06/20/2012 2:43:12 AM CDT

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