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Question Everything says ...
I must preface my comments by first saying that I love Whole Foods. I rely on this store to provide my family with safe, nutritious food. I understand that you also sell local and conventional food so I have to rely on proper labeling. What I cannot rely on is a wonderful corporate concept of moderate size standing up to a bought and paid for USDA and congress. If you take issue with Monsanto (Dr. Frankenfood), who is in the practice of tormenting farmers under the pretext of cross contaminating their patented organisms, you will find yourself drowning in a sea of lawyers and red tape, at the mercy of owned judges, and fearing for your life, surrounded by Blackwater mercenaries. (documented) Co-existence in this case is code for something that awakened Americans have got to stand up to! This is a situation that won't go away if you put another bumper sticker on your Prius. Monsanto was tormenting France WITH THE HELP OF A U.S. AMBASSADOR! (Craig Stapleton)How do you compete with that?! Forgive me Whole Foods if I'm a little cynical with a small corporations ability to stand up to this evil system and come out on the other side with the proper labeling and their integrity intact. God bless you if you can!
01/28/2011 9:18:10 AM CST
Abby R says ...
Interesting, because my co-op doesn't intend on selling out. Hmmm...
01/28/2011 9:25:54 AM CST
Jonathan says ...
Monsanto. Manufacturer of Agent Orange, DDT,(true) and Monopolistic dictators of all GMO crops. Why not just hang a mill around the neck of humanity and toss us in the nearest river???
01/28/2011 9:29:24 AM CST
Jacqueline says ...
A letter to Whole Foods Market: Dear Whole Foods, I read your article and the follow up statement saying how OCA's letter is misleading. I'm not even sure where to begin. How about a comment on your statement "We supported a path of coexistence, not because it’s a perfect path, but because it’s the only viable path that would ensure our ongoing ability to provide non-GMO foods" Really? The only viable path? How about YOUR only viable path. Those of us who are willing to go further than Whole Foods can find other paths that don't require throwing in the towel like Whole Foods has done. Let's tackle another statement: "We did not believe that a complete ban of GE alfalfa or any crop is an option that the USDA would even consider supporting, nor was it even an option" Of course the USDA wouldn't consider the option of a complete ban, it doesn't make them any money. But it is an option YOU should have considered. Here's another nugget I'd like to address: "Our options were to have a seat at the table (and support coexistence) or to not be represented at all" Says who?! Since when do Americans not have an option to be represented? Throughout history protesters have never had "a seat at the table". So they created their own table. Out on the streets, having their voices heard by the masses. And Finally: "This does not mean that we have anything to do with big biotech or that we support their agenda" But you don't realize that that's exactly what it means. You're willing to give in just to have a seat at THEIR table. In closing, I'm just floored that after your decision to support "the USDA’s historic approach considering deregulation with conditions" you had the nerve to write an article entitled "Urgent Action Needed to Support Organics and Non-GE Crops", boasting your integrity and stating how angry you are and how fervently you believe "farmers have a right to grow foods without fear of contamination from others’ GE crops". You should have just done the decent thing: bowed your heads in shame, called the article "We Give In..." and stated your reasons for giving in at the beginning of the article and be done with it. Not save your reasoning for several paragraphs into the article and then have the audacity to ask your loyal customers (did you ask or demand with exclamation points?) to contact our government and tell them that "True COEXISTENCE is a must". Thank you, but no, thank you. I will not be pressured into coexisting with a monster company like Monsanto or its likeness. When I saw Whole Foods Markets cropping up everywhere, with larger and larger stores I was excited. I thought, finally! more natural and organic foods that are close by and in bigger quantities and selections! But it wasn't lost on me that getting "bigger" for a company with integrity, like Whole Foods, can be a dangerous thing. Are they going to get so big that they go the way all other companies do when they expand? Are they going to eventually give in to the pressure of Big Pharma, Big Bio and Big Agriculture? Well, I guess it did happen. Only sooner than I would have expected. Shame on you, Whole Foods... Signed, A Once Loyal Customer
01/28/2011 11:02:52 AM CST
Di Anna Kruse says ...
I do not accept one word of this. There is a 3rd choice--STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN--ORGANIC FOOD, really? If you stand for organic, then you stand for ORGANIC. There is no co-existence with GMO's; there is no assurance to protect our future seeds. What we need is for those who say they represent the organic industry, to do just that. And yes, I do agree that consumers need to be educated on the choices and vote with their dollars. My dollar will not be spent at Whole Foods Market. That's for sure!
01/28/2011 12:51:21 PM CST
Jenny Smith says ...
My youngest daughter used to have seizures when she was little. Medication gave her dangerous and painful side-affects. Her Neurologist recommended organic vegetables and meats...no processed foods, and certainly no foods that have additives/GMO's that seem to pervade the standard American diet. Once we changed that dies, she has never had another seizure. 15 years old this year and completely healthy. Please keep our options open, we have the right to select "clean" food for our families.
01/28/2011 2:03:04 PM CST
Marcia Gordon says ...
The January 27,2011 posting by Ronnie Cummins by Organic Consumers Association quotes you (Whole Foods Market): "The policy set for GE alfalfa will most likely guide policies for other GE crops as well. True coexistence is a must." - Whole Foods Market, Jan. 21, 2011 Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley, and Stonyfield Farm, are now leaving the toxic genetically modified mess in the public's hands. They gave Monsanto and the USDA the green light. We all know that neither the government or corporations pay any attention to us consumers unless we squeeze their pockets. Monsanto will spread its seeds all over the US and contaminate the alfalfa fed to organic animals, create a biological nightmare and hurt farm workers. Always follow the money: WFM wants Monsanto to pay hush money, called compensation" to those hurt by their contaminated products. Read the 1/27/11 posting to see the friendly relationships between the CEOs of Whole Foods and Stonyfield and former Iowa governor, now USDA Secretary, Tom Vilsack (who received campaign contribution as well as the use of Monsanto's corporate jet on stump). The Organic Inc. CEOs believe that the battle against GMOs has been lost, in the hopes that we, the public will stop fighting. It is now up to us to make a statement with our dollars. We need to back companies, and/or farmers who are 100% certified organic and not be fooled by "all natural" labels. "Natural" is mislabeled, a meant-to-fool you food (both meat, produce and processed). READ LABELS, EDUCATE YOURSELF, AND BOYCOTT, BOYCOTT, BOYCOTT!
01/28/2011 2:38:09 PM CST
gabeincali says ...
Working in the Organic and Natural industry over the last 4 years, I've hopped on this bandwagon and tried to do my part as a consumer to support movement. For me, hearing about the deregulation/"coexistence" delivers another defeating blow to any semblance of preserving our food supply. The goverment just handed us a muzzle and I feel like WFM is asking us to put it on. We need our industry leader(s) to be our voice. If WFM is having difficulty steering this wagon with their $9 billion in sales, how are we as consumers supposed to stand on our own?
01/28/2011 4:16:25 PM CST
John says ...
Coexistence? Appeasement? That always works out well for the individuals in power, look at the Nazis, they were masters of it. Monsanto is no better.
01/28/2011 8:04:14 PM CST
Regina, Atlanta, GA says ...
How dare you to make it look like you are a sincere supporter of organic foods. You have fooled me for many years raising the impression that you sell primarily healthy foods and that you are concerned about the public's health. Now that I know that your profit is the only concern you have I will not buy anything in your store any more - ever. I will also tell everybody I know and I come in contact with to do the same. I hope that the GMO products sold in your store labeled as "Natural" are recognized by all consumers as what they really are. No wonder you are pulling with Monsanto on one strand. I sincerely hope that your company chains will go down the drain and that your responsible people will get all the diseases GMO foods originate.
01/28/2011 8:46:23 PM CST
donna branch says ...
The practice of manipulating the DNA of plants and organisms is reaching an alarming level. Most recently there are reports of scientists infusing the DNA of strawberries with the genes of Arctic fish so that the fruit will resist freezes! This is absurd. This is unhealthy. This is an affront to nature and the Creator. No matter what your stance on the scientific merit of DNA modification of our food, you MUST stand up for the right of Americans to decide for themselves whether they want to eat this mutant food. YOU MUST. You MUST stand up against the will of Monsanto, for the benefit of us all. Farmers must be allowed to grow natural and organic food as nature intended. If GE/GMO foods are to exist, then COEXISTENCE with natural and organic options is the only viable answer. (Although ideally, you and your colleagues would put a halt to the growth of modified plants and animals all together.) Please stand up for the health and freedom of Americans by voting AGAINST the complete deregulation of GE alfalfa and other modified foods. Thank you.
01/29/2011 11:44:00 AM CST
Krista says ...
Um, I thought you were going to fight for your consumers and go AGAINST GMO's. I trusted you. Thank God for the OCA. I am no longer going to shop at your stores. It's a complete waste of money. You've done nothing for me. I'm going back to KROGER. It'll be the same crap, but at least it will be cheaper!
01/29/2011 5:16:28 PM CST
wenzday says ...
This is a disgrace. If Whole Foods gave a damn about small farmers or about the food security in this country they would be in staunch opposition to Monsanto's GE seeds and other products. But Whole Foods continues to prove itself as a profit-driven corporation with a lack of ethics. Here is an inspiring story from Haiti, Haitian Farmers burn the seeds sent to them by Monsanto: http://www.truth-out.org/the-new-earthquake-manifest-haiti-monsantos-destiny66930
01/30/2011 3:24:09 PM CST
sandy lejeune says ...
Sorry, Whole Foods, but I agree with Ronnie Cummins on this one. Even if, as your letter says, non-production of GE crops wasn't "on the table" as an option for the USDA, WFM should have said that this wasn't good enough. There's no effective way to "regulate" GE crops, and everyone who's ever seen the wind blow a dandelion head can intuit this. I think WFM caved when they shouldn't have. If you are so concerned for your customers' well-being, why not demand that in exchange for "regulation" of GE alfalfa (and the myriad other GE crops that the biotech firms have waiting in the wings), the USDA require all foods containing GEs/GMOs to be labeled as such? Why not? Because it's bad for your bottom line. Sadly, WFM's position statement is the proverbial lipstick on the pig.
01/31/2011 11:24:46 AM CST
Bekki Shining Bearheart says ...
I will not support Monsanto and GMO foods. If Whole Foods (or any other company) does, I will not buy your (or their) products. Period, full stop. I will eat dirt first. Co-existence is not an option, as many other people have already stated. If you (Whole Foods) buy into this, you are supporting them, albeit passively. One has to wonder if Monsanto now own shares of WF???? Or maybe Mansanto is threatening your CEOs...We the citizen consumers can still vote with our dollars.
01/31/2011 12:01:46 PM CST
Sol McKenna says ...
I just received a standard reply from WFM after my e-mail to the company regarding this recent development of accepting Monsanto products into Whole Foods Market, where I have been a lyal customer for 10 years. But the response I received from WFM made me very upset. You are negating all responsibility, putting all blame on the USDA! I have written the USDA as well. It is simple, you want to be apart of the solution? then DON"T accept Monsanto sprouts! End of story! Like I mentioned, the 4500 customers I represent now feel obliged to stop shopping at WFM. We are sorry, but that is the consequence of going into business with Monsanto, in any shape or form. Sincerely, Sol McKenna
02/15/2011 5:47:52 PM CST
Linda says ...
I will not shop at Whole Foods
01/31/2011 6:29:25 PM CST
Tom says ...
I guess this means goodbye Whole Foods and hello Trader Joe's. I'm glad a Trader Joe's just opened up near me, I don't plan on shopping at WF ever again.
01/31/2011 6:36:50 PM CST
rita Butler says ...
Then it seems to me the only viable option at this time is for all organic producers, sellers and NGO's to get together and file a class action suit against USDA for wantonly endangering organic crops and there your business as well. I believe you should also call for the firing of Secretary Vilsack as it is clear that he represents the interests of MonINSANTO and not the welfare of the American people. As you see now, there can be no compromise with evil and if ever there was a corporation which is 100% pure evil it is MonINSANTO. If you think I am being hyberbolic check this out. Monsanto's Roundup Triggers Over 40 Plant Diseases and Endangers Human and Animal Health Friday, January 28, 2011 by: Jeffrey M. Smith Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/031138_Monsanto_Roundup.html#ixzz1CfxX933B This article was written by a Professor at Purdue University who has been studying Monsanto's Roundup for years. It destroys the fertility of the soil and sickens plants making them more suspetible to diseases, insects and strengthen weeds which then of course that means the farmer needs to use a greater amount of Roundup - surprise!
01/31/2011 10:44:26 PM CST
Kathleen Harris says ...
Why not petition for what is right, instead of choosing to back one of two proposals that are both unfair and don't protect consumers? I for one, am tired of choosing between the evils. It's a shame that our government is dominated by individuals who don't care about our health or that of future generations, or just don't understand the basic science behind what they're doing. The saddest part for me is that these awful, uninformed "officials" are actually representing constituents who believe in what they are doing. I am angry and wonder if anything will ever change.
02/01/2011 12:15:24 AM CST
Lorrie LeSage says ...
There is no 'co-existence' with GMO food and Monsanto. I understand that the forces backing this are powerful, and that organic coalitions have tried to stop them. However, saying that 'no store' can be GMO-free is a cop-out. Business, i.e., 'the bottom line,' i.e. MONEY, over health, and even life itself, is the only thing that really matters to you now. It's a cop-out. Face it, Whole Foods, it's time to take a stand and do the right thing, which is to REFUSE to carry products containing GMO's. Just think of the impact that would have!!! You would start a national wave of support, and then things would really change! DO IT!!! It's time!! Your store just came to my town, Santa Barbara, CA. People here are spending their money there thinking they are 'making a better choice.' From now on, I'm buying from local farmers only, and from my Co-op. You are just 'big business light' now, and like Obama have been a HUGE disappointment.
02/01/2011 11:05:03 AM CST
Fran says ...
The companies we need to petition and try to boycott are WholeFoods, StonyField and Organic Valley. These companies are MADE by the consumers - and these are not your normal type of consumer as these companies are well aware. The organic consumer is one who a long time ago took the time and effort required to research farms themselves (the motto used to be "Know your farmer, know your food." Even the threat of a boycott would be taken very seriously by these companies, while the threat of petitioning various government agencies is seen by Monsantos the way a cow views those pesky gnats it need to continually swipe at with its tail. If any of these companies BUY the alfalfa - we need to threaten to boycott them.
02/01/2011 1:54:49 PM CST
Blaire Ladd says ...
What exactly was the compensation plan for farmers who's land gets contaminated with gmo alfalfa? How can you possibly reverse that? How can you possibly trust a 'coexistence' plan by Vilsack when this is where his allies are?: "Vilsack was hailed as "Governor of the Year" in 2001 by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, and traveled in a Monsanto corporate jet on the campaign trail." OCA article
02/01/2011 4:00:25 PM CST
S Orr says ...
This is outrageous to support a co existence. NO Existence of GE crops should be tolerated. Why succumb? This is going to cause devastation to our food supply in the future, the evidence is already incredibly clear that this form of growing foods is a complete and utter failure and the effects are irreversible. You contaminate everything then what?? you can't take it back. I say NO to Vilsack, NO to Whole Foods, NO to GE. Why are you taking this approach? Have you given up or are you getting a little kick back to find a common ground where you can stand. I believe there are some friends at Whole Foods withsomething to gain by supporting the co-existence.. NO EXISTENCE OF GE IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE FIGHTING FOR!
02/01/2011 8:30:51 PM CST
S Orr says ...
I have just now read the Whole Foods response here and thank you for presenting your side more clearly I was reading and responding to the above and to another article I had been reading. (not OCA) It is a shame we are soo powerless to protect our food from this genetic corruption. Please continue to lobby for the best possible outcome. Regards
02/01/2011 8:42:34 PM CST

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