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Leslie Pearson says ...
I applaud your Global Animal Partnership Program. I try very hard to eat only cage free chickens and grass fed beef but I am very limited here in Destin, FL. You would think that we would have better choices in this area but the closest thing we have to a whole foods market is Publix with very limited items to choose from. I pray that someday there will be a Whole Foods Market in my area. After reading an article that discussed how your CEO, John Mackey, reduced his salary to $1 and donated the proceeds from future stock options to an animal charity, I was sincerely moved that someone cared, not only for his company and the people that work for him, but also the animal world. Mr. Mackey has truly restored my faith in humanity.
02/11/2011 7:26:16 AM CST
John says ...
In general, i feel you folks drop the ball by requiring that your meat come from animals fed vegetarian diets, and not organic diets. I don't want to eat anything that had atrazine applied to it, or was genetically modified to withstand round-up or any other chemical Monsanto wants their contracted farmers to use on crops. You say your interest is in making sure that the animal welfare be met, but you obviously don't mind them bio-accumulating these horrible chemicals. Very contradictory. You guys could be so much more if you took that last step and ensured that the animals were fed organic grains. Its healthier for them and us. Except it isn't. Anyone familiar with bovine digestion and metabolism will tell you that feeding grain to cattle will result in the equivalent of constant acid indigestion. They are not designed (read:evolved)to eat high protein content like that, just plain old grass. Their microbial communities with their GIT are meant to convert complex sugars into proteins, lipids vitamins etc. By buying met from cattle that ate corn their entire life, you are supporting agriculture production that adversely affects the animals welfare until the day it dies and no longer feels pain...good for you! Stop being a hypocrite and ensure that all cattle are grass fed only, from day one to the end. Otherwise, your just a bunch of liars to those of use who know.
02/11/2011 3:26:56 PM CST
Lyn Theis says ...
I have just read the article on Animal Welfare Standards and although I am a Vegetarian and have been for the past thirty years I am always concerned about the way farm animals have been raised and the horror stories that I have read about the misconduct of the farm workers toward these animals. This is a huge success, animals are now finally being treated and raised humanely. No antibiotics or other poisons in their systems or for the people that consume them. Well Done and thank you.
02/12/2011 8:04:12 AM CST
Winnie says ...
I so happy to see you are making these changes. I became vegetarian recently, and I am not planning to eat meat again but I feel proud that the place I shop is considerate and really believes in animal care. We all need to know we are living beings and should respect each other and provide basic necessities to live a life full of respect and integrity with no pain and anxiety... THANKS! AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! ONE THOUGHT CHANGES THE WORLD..LET US ALL HAVE A THOUGHT FULL OF LOVE, PEACE AND RESPECT FOR ALL LIVING BEINGS!!!
02/12/2011 9:18:31 AM CST
Winnie says ...
Also, like other people, I would like to know when would something like this will be implemented to organic milk (brand 365) and organic eggs...I hope you implement it as soon as possible. Please let us know.
02/12/2011 9:35:54 AM CST
Kristin Poppe says ...
I think the 5 step program is a wonderful initiative to keeping people informed about how animals are cared for before they end up on our plates. All people should take an interest in finding out where their food comes from- for their own health! If more people choose to be informed there will be more change in the meat industry. Thank you, Whole Foods, for putting quality standards above negligent profiteering.
02/12/2011 10:05:25 AM CST
Molly Sass says ...
Thank you, thank you, thank you for implementing this system!!! I buy/eat meat only if I know where it comes from, and this makes shopping so much easier! I am hoping all grocery stores go to this rating system someday. This is a wonderful step in the right direction for animal welfare!
02/13/2011 11:00:16 PM CST
Alli says ...
When Whole Foods inspects farms, do they do a thorough job? I am hesitant to buy any chicken from Whole Foods because, even though it has a level 2 rating, I noticed it comes from Amish farms. Growing up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, many Puppy Mills are run by Amish farmers, including those in the Midwest where I live now. While their chickens may be free-range and happy, I do not want to buy it from the same farm that has hundreds of sick, over-bred dogs piled in wire cages. I applaud Whole Foods, who confronted an Amish farm from my hometown in PA that supplied milk to Horizon Organics but was also running a puppy mill on the farm. How do I know that the Amish farms supplying chicken to Whole Foods aren't running large puppy mill operations as well? Please let me know so that I can make an informed decision. In the meantime, I appreciate this step that Whole Foods is taking. Just wish you could find more farms that raised animals in a manner that is above the Step 2 rating that I see in my local store.
02/13/2011 11:27:01 PM CST
Bob B says ...
I just read the about the animal standards. I think it's great and hopefully this idea of treating animals with respect and improving their quailty of life takes hold and becomes not just an outlier but a standard. We depend on animals for our survival and as such they should be treated with respcet.
02/14/2011 3:22:39 PM CST
James Puckett says ...
This is a small step in the right direction. And I might actually start buying meat from Whole Foods again if you eliminate all suppliers who don’t meet every step from your foods. Until then I’ll just keep having Fresh Direct deliver local meats—and all my other groceries.
02/14/2011 6:24:40 PM CST
Silvia says ...
Coming from Germany, I was used to know where the town's butcher would get the meat from. I almost stopped buying meat in the United States, since I couldn't stand the idea of not knowing how the animals where treated as part of my diet. Whole Food is leading the way in the RIGHT direction: TRANSPARENCY for the customer. It is is a mind-bugling, outrageous mystery to me that stores worldwide get away with keeping the origin/source of the food/product a SECRET. I had spend hours on the internet trying to figure out where the organic chicken or milk from Trader Joe's, Cosco, or Whole Food comes from. Bravo Whole Food, keep on showing the way. You got my support.
02/15/2011 2:43:34 PM CST
Lisa says ...
Killing an animal to eat its flesh has nothing to do with animal welfare.
02/15/2011 11:56:59 PM CST
Tina Johnson says ...
Wow I have been looking into something like this. Now I will cook animals for my husband. He will be thrilled. Thank you so much, it's hard to trust any labels etc when buying animal products. Since the eggs are humanely treated I can add them back in my diet. Thanks again for all you do and for an organization in which I can donate to. Tina Johnson
02/16/2011 8:54:57 AM CST
Lady Organic says ...
I think the best part of it all is that you are using Dr. Grandin's criteria for the audits of the slaughter houses! What a wonderful honor you've given to her. I am sure she is very excited to see her hard work put into action. Great Job Whole Foods!
02/16/2011 2:15:22 PM CST
Sumi von Dassow says ...
Very cool! I'll look for your step 5 meats next time I'm in! I've been buying pastured meats from local producers and your rating system might lure me back in to the Whole Foods meat department.
02/18/2011 11:05:27 PM CST
Jeri Studt says ...
I'm with Alli -- I would hesitate to buy Amish-produced meat because many Amish are notorious puppy mill breeders.
06/17/2012 8:33:29 PM CDT
Teriqua Jones says ...
I think if this rating system is implemented everywhere, we will all be healthier. Today, we can shop at Whole Foods and know exactly what we are buying. Maybe someday it will spread to mainstream grocers. Great job at Whole Foods. Keep up the good work and you will change the way the world treats our food animals.
09/28/2012 6:26:37 PM CDT
Artemus says ...
I find this totally unrealistic and pie-in-the-sky. Of course, if the intention is to eventually force everyone to become vegan, this is probably the best way to go about it. There is too much here that makes no sense - for example, "alterations prohibited". As someone who HAS eaten meat from an uncastrated pig (boar), I can tell you it is gamey and rank compared to pork from a castrated pig. And keeping all male cattle as bulls - again totally unreasonable. Not only would they not taste the same, but they would be incredibly dangerous to be around, and would undoubtedly do themselves some horrendous injuries fighting over the cows. (Yes, I've seen that too!). Free-range chickens often have short and nasty lives - hawks, foxes, coyotes, loose dogs, even feral cats see to that. And how to FIND those eggs? They'd be laid all over the place. I do NOT support any mistreatment of meat or egg producers, but there are limits. This sounds like something thought up by someone who was NEVER raised on a farm and whose only contact with farm animals is through airy-fairy, idealised kiddy books or cartoons. Animals in general are treated far better than at any other time in human history. These so-called "improvements" will mean only that, once again, those who can afford to buy it will have meat, milk and eggs, while those who can't afford it will be the ones who suffer. Which percent does HSUS fall into? Just some FOOD for thought.
03/14/2013 1:48:52 PM CDT
Artemus says ...
I left a post which was not wholeheartedly and sickeningly in support of this "Barbie-land" idea. As I suspected, it was never posted. Wonder why not?
03/14/2013 1:51:19 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@ARTEMUS - You will see that your original comment was published. Each comment is manually approved and sometimes it takes a bit to get the comments read and approved. Thanks!
03/18/2013 11:10:46 AM CDT
Juli Asbury says ...
I've noticed that turkey and lamb usually aren't rated. Why?
12/02/2013 2:36:17 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JULI - Currently, the 5-Step rating includes all our beef, pork and chicken. Each will be identified with color-coded signs and stickers in the fresh meat and pre-pack cases. When Global Animal Partnership has published standards for other species, we will require those producers to be Step-rated, too. In the meantime, rest assured that we are diligent in making sure the farms and ranches meet our quality standards.
12/02/2013 4:40:15 PM CST

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