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Pam L-N says ...
I am VERY skeptical about Vilsack's 'co-existence' proposal -- I don't believe GMO alfalfa can be contained once the genie is out of the bottle. I think Monsanto is banking on this (quite literally). We need to be VERY CLEAR about our DEMAND that organic and non-GMO foods must absolutely be safeguarded!!!
01/24/2011 3:35:18 PM CST
Brad says ...
Hello everyone! If you want to shut down a company, you spread the word and set a date. Then everyone stops purchasing any product from that company for the next two months onward. If just 30 to 40% of their customer base stops purchasing products, they are out of business for good. Want to get the Governments attention! Everyone save food for six months and then stay home and don't go anywhere and don't purchase anything at all! Most company's in this country will collaps in the first month and then the Government will listen. You see the problem in this country is that the companies get the Governments attention with money and power, like Monsanto. We will only get their attention when we take the control away from companies like Monsanto by not buying their products.
01/24/2011 4:46:41 PM CST
Chris says ...
Hello, I am e-mailing you to ask that you FULLY REGULATE Monsanto's genetically engineered Roundup Ready Alfalfa. This will have UNPRECEDENTED effects on our eco-system along with health effects to animals and humans residing in the United States. There must be more research done through thorough analysis of the potential environmental, economic, and health implications posed by the genetically engineered Alfalfa. I still cannot understand why Europe has the most stringent regulations when it comes to GMO / GE crops and foods and the United States sulks in the Industrial stone age. I am also not looking forward to the future rise of frivolous lawsuits by Monsanto if this is overlooked. Monsanto is known for suing farmers for PATENT INFRINGEMENT when it comes to simple cross pollination in which the farmers would have NEVER WANTED ANY sort of Monsanto hybrid strain in the first place. The United States must put an emphasis on Organic farming/gardening before it is too late. Please strike down Monsanto's genetically engineered Roundup Ready Alfalfa, and put humans and animals FIRST before corporate profits, interests, and deregulation. With great concern, Chris (I also called my congress person!)
01/24/2011 5:39:57 PM CST
George Kalogridis says ...
Coexistence to assure organic farmers receive compensation for Genetic Drift from GMO's is not necessary in light of the recent Del Cabo court ruling: http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/opinions/documents/H033718.PDF The court upheld; what is staid law, that the polluter pays. In the Del Cabo ruling it was pesticide drift that caused financial losses. Pollen drift is no different than pesticides; if an organic farmer is harmed by GMO's they have legal recourse. USDA is a cheerleader for GMO's, the only reason they want a coexistence agreement is that the courts are now ruling against USDA and GMO's. In the GMO sugar beet trial the judge found that USDA did not follow their own approval procedures before approving GMO sugar beets, which is why he ruled the GMO seeds had to be removed from the fields in which they were planted. http://www.naturalnews.com/030637_GMO_sugar_beets.html USDA coexistence deal is offering organic farmers legal rights and remedies that the courts have already upheld.
01/24/2011 5:53:35 PM CST
Lottie M. Sanders says ...
Americans should have the 'Rights' to select the type and kinds of food they have to purchase. The USA should ban genetically altered foods.
01/24/2011 7:14:51 PM CST
F. Sfrenato says ...
I'm vehemently opposed to GE in every way, shape and form. Whole Foods should know it's unwise to do business with Monsanto Corporation> greedy, ruthless, pernicious,the enemy of Organic Living!!
01/24/2011 7:20:57 PM CST
Floriana says ...
We need to do something about this cancer causing company monsanto ... They are killing our food supply and the government turns the other way. There are too many ignorant people that don't know the difference and the more thats contaminated the less chance anyone will have being disease free. You need to boycott all genetically modified food. How did Europe do it? I feel like we are run my a bunch of puppets but the power belongs to the consumer ...
01/24/2011 9:22:07 PM CST
et says ...
Non-production is the only option for GE alfalfa. Look at all the other failed attempts at containment of GE crops - flax, herbicide resistant weeds etc.
01/25/2011 12:18:57 AM CST
Linda says ...
I say vote NO to GE/GMO crops at all. This is going to keep coming up, and they will keep inching toward deregulation if we don't stand firm. If we give any now, it puts them one step closer to deregulation.
01/25/2011 8:43:47 AM CST
Andres says ...
First off, thanks for the heads up. Second, just some feedback: It would be awesome if you guys could have a web form with a pre-typed letter that one could sign electronically and simply click "send" (like in petition websites). While most people do support the issue at hand, most either don't have the time to compose a letter or are intimidated by writing to a government entity directly. Plus, when people share it with others who may be more of a fringe supporter, that person's way more likely to click on 'Send' than if they have to go to another website/program to type & send an email.
01/25/2011 10:32:23 AM CST
HK says ...
If you don't have GMO alfalfa as a foe, how will you be able to continue charging aproximately $6 for a gallon of milk?
01/25/2011 12:09:04 PM CST
George Mandler says ...
If you care about your food supply do NOT support the position of Whole Foods. We need a ban on GMO not a compromise. Compromise is what my Democratic congressman do. We need to be the bully and say no GMO. With GMO is guaranteed cross contamination. As someone that specializes in digestive health there is little doubt that GMO foods can cause health and inflammatory issues. See: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_22240.cfm
01/25/2011 12:42:03 PM CST
Pamela Cataldo says ...
Regarding the USDA’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) of Monsanto’s genetically engineered Roundup Ready Alfalfa, I beseech you to support Americans’ right to choose what kind of food we eat. Genetically modified seeds should NOT be allowed to be planted indiscriminately. There are so many documented hazards associated with GE foods, and many more as yet unknown. Here is a site with link to a host of reports from the FDA on the matter:
01/25/2011 2:44:52 PM CST
Megan Westgate says ...
It's really inspiring to see how many people are engaging on this issue, and taking a stand to protect organic and non-GMO crops. It's a tough situation, because of course we all would love to see GMOs banned completely. I do appreciate, though, the importance of being pragmatic and strategic. Given that the USDA has said that they are not considering a full ban, and given that Monsanto has spent up to $25 million dollars/year on lobbying in recent years, it's not necessarily smart for us to simply dig our heals in and yell. Who, realistically, is listening? The fact is, whether we like it or not (and we DON'T), "coexistence" is already happening. The question is whether we can help influence USDA policy so that there is actually protection and compensation for those who suffer the consequences (especially organic farmers). A coexistence policy with the elements proposed by Whole Foods above would be a complete game changer, and a huge step in the right direction. Megan Westgate Executive Director, Non-GMO Project http://www.nongmoproject.org/
01/25/2011 4:22:32 PM CST
adelide says ...
Just like humans, these agricultures need some new treatment as the weather condition and factors affecting the growth and production are not the same as before. Many people took food essentials and medicine for protection. Crops and the like should also take what they need, but not to make them unnatural.
01/26/2011 1:01:17 AM CST
Maria says ...
WFM has SOLD OUT!!! This is a sleazy sell-out & I have *no idea* why WFM would be essentially endorsing an option that is a giveaway to GE companies!!! There are 3 options & the one WFM is advocating is NOT supported by science as realistic. It is is a fool-you option that pretends to be opposing GE, while allowing it. There is 1 of 3 options that actually stands firmly against GE crops. the option that would *actually* oppose GE crops is #1 on the list of USDA proposals below: ************************************************************** USDA proposes three options for planting GE alfalfa: 1. Do not deregulate GE alfalfa and prohibit commercial planting 2. Fully deregulate and allow planting everywhere without restrictions 3. Deregulate with geographic restrictions and isolation distances, among other measures *************************************************************** The Center for Food Safety has a website that is true to the cause and lets you know that there is a *true* option that opposes GE. SHAME ON WFM for trying to fool us!!!
01/26/2011 2:55:07 AM CST
Midge Constantino says ...
Frankly, I am quite shocked that Whole Foods is rallying for coexistence, instead of full deregulation of GMOs. The article below by The Organic Consumers Association makes me ill: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_22449.cfm I was expecting Whole Foods to be all over this issue, and not taking a back seat. This is another prime example of how Americans are turning more like sheep every single day. It's disgusting.
01/27/2011 2:57:11 PM CST
Jay Borden says ...
I have been shopping in your stores for years and welcomed your store into our community. But your recent actions are puzzling to say the least. I find your stand on "coexistence" on GE food unconscionable. You know that the term "natural" is misleading and does not mean food that is uncontaminated or adulterated. Yet you speak about "coexistence" with the biotech companies that promote GE crops as if it is a noble thing. You also know that the widespread use of GE crops will spread and contaminate the entire food supply including organic crops. It is clear that your name and corporate values are not honest. It is imperative that companies and individuals that value quality and honesty in food insist that all genetically modified food be clearly and visibly labeled. No one knows the effects of GMO on human beings and everyone has a right to know if what they are eating is genetically modified or not. How can anyone make an informed decision about their food if the food is not labeled accurately and honestly? Please live up to your stated values and use your size and financial resources that come from people like me who want to eat uncontaminated food to protect the food supply. Sincerely, Jay
01/27/2011 3:38:39 PM CST
Kelly McEntee says ...
Giving up Full Regulation was a mistake and Coexistence is a lie. Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley, and Stonyfield Farm have decided to stop fighting. For them, Coexistence is survival, evidenced by 2/3 of the products in the store being conventional. You have swallowed by the monster and in ten years, non-GMO will be history. This is just step 1 of the end of it.
01/27/2011 3:41:23 PM CST
Lucretia Krause says ...
Whole Foods, you are selling out your commitment to ethics by not demanding full regulation of GM crops. There is no way a conditional regulation will be effective in protecting the genetic purity of open pollinated crops as has already been demonstrated by contamination in organic fields. I'm taking my "whole paycheck" away from you and will focus on local organics - I am highly disappointed in you and completely disgusted that you are calling for public support of conditional regulation rather than the best interest of organic producers and consumers. You owe the organic community more respect than that!
01/27/2011 3:43:29 PM CST
caracakes says ...
Beth's comment was so good, I'm reposting it: The only responsible position is full regulation and eventual elimination of GM foods. It is inevitable that contamination of organic and other non-GM crops will result if a policy of ‘coexistence’ is pursued. The only question is how fast the contamination will progress, but it will eventually put organic and sustainable farmers out of business. This will not be good for Whole Foods business. Whole Foods should be using it’s market power to convince the FDA that GM food policy must be science based. And the laws of nature, biology/botany cannot be changed by ‘coexistence’ measures such as buffer zones. It is because Whole Foods has so many GM foods (including GM edamame on the salad bar!), does not label them – in their deli products in particular, and ignores the science of GM foods, that I rarely shop there anymore. It used to be my only source of groceries. The responsibility falls to Whole Foods’ customers to persuade, if not pressure, the company to adopt the science-based position on GM foods – and that is – NO, GMOs, and immediate labeling of all GM foods.
01/27/2011 3:54:42 PM CST
Wendy Bardsley says ...
I believe that by supporting the "coexistence" option, Whole Foods is condoning GE alfalfa. ANY amount of Monsanto's GM alfafa getting into the food supply means that we can no longer have truly organic and gmo free dairy products. Once these crops are introduced, contamination is inevitable, and, in fact, counted on by Monsanto in their product strategy. They CANNOT be recalled. As such a large buyer, Whole Foods should not support either of these options, but continue to press for their consumers rights for GMO free food. We don't want "compensation" for contamination, we want the right for our food to be free of GMOs.
01/27/2011 3:59:01 PM CST
Bonno Bernard says ...
Talk about greenwashing.This notice is a smoke screen for WFM's tight relationship with GMO-contaminated products and the money they bring. How can we "support Non-GE crops" by allowing "conditional" oversight by the USDA? Federal regulations on GMOs do not require pre-market safety testing, nor labeling; and federal judges have repeatedly ruled that so-called government "oversight" of Frankencrops such as Monsanto's sugar beets and alfalfa is basically a farce. Lab analysis by a number of independent parties has shown that 2/3 of WFM's $9 billion annual sales is derived from so-called "natural" processed foods and animal products that are contaminated with GMOs. WFM is in bed with midwest politicians bent on keeping GMOs in the food, and money chain. Don't buy into this greenwashing.
01/27/2011 4:00:52 PM CST
Holly Porterfield says ...
I had been looking forward to your store opening in Boise. However, after backing Monsanto, I will continue to shop elsewhere for my quality organic foods & will never purchase a thing at your stores. How sad that you are in the pockets of Monsanto. It's all about money for you, isn't it? You have no ethics left.
01/27/2011 4:05:02 PM CST
L McK says ...
Coexistence? You mean "Whole Foods Sells Out". You are trying to make consumers think you are supporting organics and no-gmo foods while at the same time pandering to Monsanto and the rest. No thank you. But now I know where you stand. How many bucks and back room deals did it take?
01/27/2011 4:14:07 PM CST

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