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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
Margaret Horton says ...
You are misleading your clients with this slick article. You have sold out and I will not support you any longer. I will seek out my local organic farmers and producers and make a point of not coming to your store even if it is more convenient for me. Shoot it straight with us and gain back our respect and patronage. Otherwise, you are not too big to fail.
01/27/2011 4:18:04 PM CST
Michael says ...
WTF.. you going to cave? What kinda BS are you trying to sell us? I wont be buying your products or any other company that "co-exists" with GMO's and the poisons they sell, I am starting a Boycott campaign and encouraging others to do the same.!!!
01/27/2011 4:21:49 PM CST
Steve says ...
This is such a sell out. You have SOLD OUT organic farmers. You call for "public oversight by the USDA rather than reliance on the biotechnology industry," even though WFM knows full well that federal regulations on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) do not require pre-market safety testing, nor labeling; and that even federal judges have repeatedly ruled that so-called government "oversight" of Frankencrops such as Monsanto's sugar beets and alfalfa is basically a farce. At the end of its email, WFM admits that its surrender to Monsanto is permanent: "The policy set for GE alfalfa will most likely guide policies for other GE crops as well True coexistence is a must." According to informed sources, the CEOs of WFM and Stonyfield are personal friends of former Iowa governor, now USDA Secretary, Tom Vilsack, and in fact made financial contributions to Vilsack's previous electoral campaigns. 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. Perhaps even more fundamental to Organic Inc.'s abject surrender is the fact that the organic elite has become more and more isolated from the concerns and passions of organic consumers and locavores. The Organic Inc. CEOs are tired of activist pressure, boycotts, and petitions. Several of them have told me this to my face. They apparently believe that the battle against GMOs has been lost, and that it's time to reach for the consolation prize. The consolation prize they seek is a so-called "coexistence" between the biotech Behemoth and the organic community that will lull the public to sleep and greenwash the unpleasant fact that Monsanto's unlabeled and unregulated genetically engineered crops are now spreading their toxic genes on 1/3 of U.S. (and 1/10 of global) crop land. WFM and most of the largest organic companies have deliberately separated themselves from anti-GMO efforts and cut off all funding to campaigns working to label or ban GMOs. The so-called Non-GMO Project, funded by Whole Foods and giant wholesaler United Natural Foods (UNFI) is basically a greenwashing effort (although the 100% organic companies involved in this project seem to be operating in good faith) to show that certified organic foods are basically free from GMOs (we already know this since GMOs are banned in organic production), while failing to focus on so-called "natural" foods, which constitute most of WFM and UNFI's sales and are routinely contaminated with GMOs. From their "business as usual" perspective, successful lawsuits against GMOs filed by public interest groups such as the Center for Food Safety; or noisy attacks on Monsanto by groups like the Organic Consumers Association, create bad publicity, rattle their big customers such as Wal-Mart, Target, Kroger, Costco, Supervalu, Publix and Safeway; and remind consumers that organic crops and foods such as corn, soybeans, and canola are slowly but surely becoming contaminated by Monsanto's GMOs. http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_22449.cfm
01/27/2011 4:23:59 PM CST
Florie says ...
I'm fairly shocked that you consider this option acceptable, Whole Foods. The USDA is willing to "conditionally deregulate [GE alfalfa] by placing certain rules and restrictions on growing GE alfalfa that would minimize or limit contamination of non-GE crops (including organic)" "Minimize or limit contamination?" What a JOKE.
01/27/2011 4:29:25 PM CST
Hilde says ...
This is a cop-out, wholefoods, organic valley, and stoney field farms could and should have bring much more opposition to this issue. How can you go for a partnership on this, a compromise? With the amount of money you charge for your products I need you to fight this tooth and nail. With the intention you tell us you have to bring organic foods to the sotes, you should scream t the top of your lungs and dismiss every deal with monsanto and the FDA. I'm very disappointed.
01/27/2011 4:30:19 PM CST
Hilde says ...
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 So why don't you support the first one. and why in the beginning of your article do you only put the 2 worse options, and then say you have to chose one of those????? The third one absolutely does not make sense because geographic restrictions don;t work, and besides that WE DON;T WANT MONSANTO AND ITS GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS PERIOD....
01/27/2011 4:33:50 PM CST
Robert Smistik says ...
https://mail.google.com/mail/?hl=en&shva=1#inbox/12dc95584d796361 How do you respond to this?
01/27/2011 4:35:03 PM CST
Robert Smistik says ...
Russell Williams- You don't have a clue.
01/27/2011 4:37:40 PM CST
Joe Grafton says ...
You're an embarrassment and burden to all of us trying to really build sustainable local economies.... Way to back a multinational behemoth (just like you, by the way) over the health and well-being of the farmers you claim to care about so much....
01/27/2011 4:37:54 PM CST
Harold Bustamonte says ...
whole foods if you accept GGE foods and have given up on our behalf, accept the fact a lot of us will boycott wholefoods..you represent the community and our health Peace
01/27/2011 4:44:19 PM CST
indosungod says ...
It is probably time to boycott Whole Food Markets! Peaceful coexistence with Monsanto and GE crops? Really? We don't want an organic market for that do we? We have killed off crop diversity and Monsanto's GE contamination is all over the food chain. Whole Foods, Stoney Field Farms, Tom Vilsack shame on all of you. Be forthright and don't mislead the public. It's the least you can do.
01/27/2011 4:49:15 PM CST
Leslie says ...
I am so dissapointed that Whole Foods has decided to surrender to Monsanto. Co-existence between organic and GM foods is impossible! Whole Foods is opening a store in Boise, ID were I reside. As part of my non-GMO campaign, I am going to make sure that anyone who shops there knows that Whole Foods is a traitor to the organic community. BOYCOTT WHOLE FOODS! And spread the word about dangers GM crops and Monsanto. Whole Foods will be punished for selling themselves to the devil! Take action and say NO to CO-EXISTENCE with GMOs!
01/27/2011 4:50:30 PM CST
Florie says ...
It's all over. The USDA has approved it: http://usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=2011%2F01%2F0035.xml
01/27/2011 4:52:41 PM CST
Sue says ...
I am so disappointed in Whole Foods for advocating this. I buy practically all my grocies at your stores. I am planning on definetly curtailing my expenditures at your store and plan on going dairy free -- since Organic Valley also, sold out. My previously sole dairy choice.
01/27/2011 4:53:15 PM CST
Betty Baig says ...
Well, here it is. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Thursday that he would authorize the unrestricted commercial cultivation of genetically modified alfalfa. Mr. Vilsack overlooked a proposal to restrict the growing of genetically engineered alfalfa to protect organic farmers from contamination. Shame of this Tom Vilsack. There is foot and mouth disease and mad cow disease, what will we name the next disease caused by feeding the cows genetically modified alfalfa? Become a vegan. No meat and dairy consumed, no alfalfa sold. By the way, will this genetically modified alfalfa end up in those little sprouts that we get on sandwiches? Something to think about and maybe Mr. Vilsack has not, or, at the scariest, maybe thought of.
01/27/2011 4:53:18 PM CST
K Varszegi says ...
"In a cleverly worded, but profoundly misleading email sent to its customers last week, Whole Foods Market, while proclaiming their support for organics and "seed purity," gave the green light to USDA bureaucrats to approve the "conditional deregulation" of Monsanto's genetically engineered, herbicide-resistant alfalfa. http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_22449.cfm Is this true?
01/27/2011 4:56:03 PM CST
Rick Siegfried says ...
Conditional regulation is a joke. Whole Foods ought to be fighting GE Frankenfoods at every step of the process, not giving in to Monsanto and the USDA in allowing this "food" to be planted anywhere in the world. Whole Foods and their colleagues are willing to go along with the massive planting of a chemical and energy-intensive GE perennial crop, alfalfa; guaranteed to spread its mutant genes and seeds across the nation; guaranteed to contaminate the alfalfa fed to organic animals; guaranteed to lead to massive poisoning of farm workers and destruction of the essential soil food web by the toxic herbicide, Roundup; and guaranteed to produce Roundup-resistant superweeds that will require even more deadly herbicides such as 2,4 D to be sprayed on millions of acres of alfalfa across the U.S. These greedy corporate pigs are sellouts and are lying through their teeth. You should not shop at Whole Foods. Boycott them until they completely oppose genetically-engineered foods.
01/27/2011 4:56:37 PM CST
Jeremy says ...
I too will no longer be shopping at Whole Foods.
01/27/2011 5:08:54 PM CST
Eric says ...
Put a label on it and let me decide. Truth-in-labeling, 'cause I'm the 'decider', GW.
01/27/2011 5:14:24 PM CST

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