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Gary D. says ...
Billion dollar corporations (MONSANTO) with the support of the U.S. GOVERNMENT is a no win situation. Coexistence is a "foot in the door" for MONSANTO to push for complete deregulation of alfalfa. Only in America.
01/22/2011 7:42:46 PM CST
bob forkish says ...
Link below = more info: https://secure3.convio.net/cfs/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=353 Center for Food Safety needs our help to present fact and preserve Organic!
01/22/2011 11:40:48 PM CST
Russell Williams says ...
Who would have thought that Whole Foods, a company I greatly respected until now, would turn into an activist arm of Greenpeace. This is one of the most disgusting tactics I have ever had the misfortune of being target by. Not only does the information presented here seriously mislead the consumer, but it provides an open forum for the most ridiculous assertions that can be made about a completely safe technology. First off, there is zero, and i mean zero credible scientific data that genetically modified alfalfa, or any gmo for that mater causes any harm to the environment or the health of humans. The links sited here are nothing but biased assertions by anti-gmo activists who have their own money generating agenda. The anti gmo agenda is nothing but a psudo corporate scam designed evoke consumer fears in order to fund a dangerously progressive political agenda. Whole Foods should be ashamed of themselves. To use their consumers to further an unscientific bias against a safe and effective technology is the epitome of crony capitalism. They are using their unscientific and subjective bias against gmo's to protect their business model, which in and of itself is based on furthering the consumer misperception that the USDA organic label is something that it is not. The USDA organic labor does not and was never intended to provide for a zero tolerance of gmo's. The standard is a process based standard which requires farmers to certify that they do not use the technology. Any notion that the USDA label is in jeopardy because of GMO's is an outright lie. I am a farmer in Texas and our operation has used biotechnology from the very beginning. Since that time, we have modified our operation to take advantage of the benefits provided by e technology. We use far less pesticide, have far less land erosion, use water much more efficiently and provide greater quality and quantity of food for our growing population. What Whole Foods is doing here is putting family farms all over the country in jeopardy and they are doing it based on their need to continue to profit from misleading their consumers. There was a time when i loved going in Whole Foods. I enjoyed the atmosphere, the cafe and the artisanal foods that are unique to them. While I may be only one voice, I will never patron this establishment again and will be contacting all of my family and friends to follow me. It is truly a sad day in this world when a company will go to such lengths to profit. Whole Foods, you are a dishonorable company who is putting my livelihood in jeopardy and I hope that your new foray info retailer activism backfires. May God have mercy on your lying black souls.
01/24/2011 8:36:14 AM CST
Nicole says ...
Whole Foods, it would be really nice to have a sample letter to send. Not all of us are good at this sort of thing.
01/24/2011 12:24:55 PM CST
Sarina l. Mirsk says ...
ABSOLUTELY...we as consumers must have the right to decide what we will put in our's & our childrens bodies & what we want to purchase. We are responsible for how we take care of ourself & that is our right...no one can dictate or refuse us this choice...
01/24/2011 12:58:17 PM CST
Kathy Zurolo says ...
Farmers most definately should have a right to grow foods without fear of contamination from others’ GE crops, and consumers have a right to make the choice to buy non-GE products.
01/24/2011 1:47:11 PM CST
Jdy says ...
NO to any GMO products. Put Monsanto out of businesses...PLEASE!!!
01/24/2011 3:10:26 PM CST
Scott Smith says ...
This story seems to be grossly distorted. The issue here is not about regulating or not regulating GMO alfalfa. The KEY point here is what USDA Secretary Vilsack argues is necessary for everyone, that organic farmers must accept and tolerate "coexistence" with genetically modified crops/seed. The problem with this concept is that the compromise is born exclusively by organic farmers and the entire population. Once Genetically modified crops are released into the wild they cannot EVER BE RECALLED. Despite what the alfalfa farmers say regarding harvest practices and how this mitigates pollen propagation, the issue still boils down to GMO assaulting the environment, neighboring fields and the food supply. Regulation of GMO Alfalfa, at this time, is about the USDA defining a coexistence framework. To support regulation is to support releasing more genetically engineered crops into our already over-GMO'd food supply. Most people aren't even aware that we've been under assault by GMO for 17 years. How about most soy, corn, canola and cotton seed oil grown in the US is genetically engineered?! These industrial foods stuffs are broken-down into ingredients and incorporated into almost every processed food. Another GMO is just another feather in Monsanto's black hat.
01/24/2011 3:16:59 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
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
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
Alison says ...
What is so totally ironic about this whole issue is the story recounted in the documentary, Food, Inc., how many farmers in central/southern Illinois have been assaulted legally and financially by Monsanto, because Monsanto's GM crops have cross pollinated into other farms and then the Monsanto investigators check these farmers' crops only to find that the genetically altered crap is in their crops too. Then Monsanto sues these farmers for patent infringement, but doesn't want to be held to the same standard of not contaminating someone else's crops. How can that be just? Listen, I don't think we're going to win this one. Monsanto has the money and they are in the pockets of the politicians. It's sickening, but really, unless someone in Washington stands up against this corruption, we don't stand a chance. The FDA, USDA and insurance companies are all in this thing together. They all pad one another's pockets and in the meantime, America is getting sicker and poorer. Plant your own garden. Exercise. Work hard and save your money. It's the only chance we have.
02/10/2011 3:59:38 PM CST
Sean says ...
I am so terribly disappointed in the position taken by Whole Foods, the consumer is being betrayed by a 5th Column and mole in our midst. Shame on Whole Foods!!!
02/11/2011 9:57:29 AM CST
doug says ...
i just cannot help but get upset with the stupidity of this government. if these republicans and whatever really care about straightening the government out,let them start THINKING ABOUT THE WELLBEING of people. not, big businesses that want to stuff their pockets with cash and be exempt from taxes. there is a story in the NY Times about how the government acts with our tax dollars. promoting health with one hand and then doing something totally idiotic. www.nytimes.com/2010/11/07/us/07fat.html?_r=1 has a story which really points to lunacy. i want to question if the government wants to get rid of stuff, why does the price of this going higher in the grocery stores? if i come across as not trusting businesses and government, can you really blame me?
02/11/2011 8:45:43 AM CST
Ronald Venne says ...
Sir, You must know that co-existence between healthy and GMO will never work. This is not a perfect world, money Rules the game. With out "truth in labeling", big Agi-biz will win and even your "365" labled products won't survive. There won't be a healthy choice for anyone. Co-existence is what brought all of us to this point in time. Thank you for your support and good healthy products, but the nextstep needs to be addressed.
02/11/2011 9:07:19 AM CST
Jan Buck says ...
I think GE is basically a non-proven technology and is likely harmful to humans and the planet. Please do not carry GE foods, or at least non-labeled GE foods. If this technology were so great, there would not be this non-lableing vs lableing issue. Thank you for listening and please take action. I would like to continue to shop at Whole Foods, but will not if you do not show more integrity w/regard to this issue. Think Trader Joe and other smaller health food stores.
02/11/2011 3:01:42 PM 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

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