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Annemarie says ...
from the Stonyfield farm site: an opportunity to email Obama http://ota.capwiz.com/ota/issues/alert/?alertid=24747501
02/01/2011 8:33:08 PM CST
Bridget says ...
This is an opportunity for those of us that feel like we are slowly losing ground to take a stand. Do something BIG! 1.Stop patronizing Wholefoods 2.If you have a Naturopath, forward this info and get them in turn to mass email all their patients like I did encouraging them to boycott WF. 3. Print flyers, make videos for Youtube etc. We can make a difference but we need to start somewhere. It's a great feeling to stand up to these giants and use the resources at our disposal. We never had these tools till recently, but may lose before long. Talk to anyone that will listen. But, most of all, practice what you preach! Bye, bye, Wholefoods!
02/01/2011 10:38:04 PM CST
C. Fetters says ...
When it comes to our health and only two options are available, neither of them in our best interest, the answer is NOT to succumb to the one slightly less dangerous to our health. It is time to fight back....help your patrons join you in an uprising against NO DECENT CHOICE! The choice you have made is very disappointing to those of us that trusted you to stand up for our health no matter what.
02/02/2011 9:04:21 PM CST
Gradstudent says ...
First, let me say I'm not a WF worshiper. I can't be, because we don't have any near where I live. Also, while WF can be an amazing place to shop, I prefer to shop locally to support small businesses. Having said that, what I have to say next probably won't be popular with the folks bashing WF. It's not WF fault this stuff hit the fan. Hello? This is the biotech industry's and the government's doing. Biotech has a bunch more lobbying power than the organic sector does, even with WF advocating for organics. WF, and the other large groups of organic farmers like Stonyfield Farm and Horizon are our biggest advocates in Washington, because we consumers are too lazy to get off our collective backsides and organize. There. I said it. Realize that in this fight WF and the others are on our sides. If you're that mad that the USDA and federal gov't. in general has completely disregarded the needs of its citizens when it comes to wanting non-gmo food - and I should think you would be that mad, rightfully so - then take action about it. Learn how to organize and get the peaceful protest marches started, instead of discrediting the organic food movement by tearing down the companies that sell organic.
02/03/2011 3:54:57 AM CST
Barbara Cage says ...
Bull. Anything to slow down or stop GE foods is the right thing to do. I will never buy from Whole Foods again.
02/03/2011 8:59:12 AM CST
Michael J says ...
If public outcry is an effective deterrent, why was there no effort by WFM to "rally the troops" with an in store marketing campaign requesting and enabling all WF customers with a simple way to voice their oppositition to the appropriate decison makers on this ruling? I shop @ WF every week and never saw one thing concerning this issue. Most people live busy lives and I'm sure the majority of your potentially concerned customers had no idea this decision was in the works. Instead of being asked at the checkout if I found everything I was looking for I should have been asked if I would join the campaign against GMO's. Why haven't all the organic manufactuers and purveyors of organic products joined forces and pooled their resources for a massive mainstream PR blitz? Now is the time to make a continued and concentrated effort to educate everyone about the insanitity of GM foods and the disgusting connection between Monsanto and the USDA. Don't give up the fight...It's not to late!
02/03/2011 10:48:52 PM CST
Sarah says ...
I am disgusted and disappointed with your suggestion that we must accept coexistence between GE crops and organic/non-GE crops. Further, I have no faith that WFM is truly committed to fighting GE contamination in the food system, or that WFM will take meaningful action to create clear labels to make consumers aware of whether foods contain GE ingredients. After being a WFM shopper since my childhood, I am now committed to taking my business elsewhere. My family, also huge WFM shoppers, are acting likewise. I am encouraging all my friends to shop elsewhere, and am spreading the word on facebook, as well. Do not think that your actions (or lack thereof) go unnoticed by consumers. Also, don't lie to us and claim that your position has been distorted. Actions speak loudest. With 2/3 of your sales in non-organic, "natural" products, the majority of the food you sell is contaminated with GMOs and lacks the labeling to let us know what we are eating.
02/04/2011 3:25:00 PM CST
Tracy says ...
You certainly will have your work cut out for you as the Monsanto "family" is growing by leaps and bounds on Capitol Hill...it is a real shame that our government chooses politics and greed over the health of its nations food supply. I am astounded that a company like Monsanto, and all the horrid creations they have manufactured over the decades is still in business. I am even more astonished by the GROWING number of Monsanto thugs that are be given Federal positions by this President! HOw ironic that the First Lady's mission is to "fight obesity" and plants an organic garden at the White House, all the while her husband gives Monsanto more and more power enabling them to carry-out their agenda. This should be intolerable and Whole Foods should not be settling for compromise...it is time for the citizens and businesses to start pushing back and expose Washington for what it really is and who exactly the politicians truly serve.
02/05/2011 4:33:27 PM CST
Melanie says ...
I am surprised to see so much surprise on this topic. If everyone had been so up in arms about this and many other topics to begin with, we may not be in this situation. What ever happened to a government that serves the will of its people? The majority of citizens in this country are so busy being occupied and distracted with other BS that they have forgotten this very important foundation of our country. So don't be surprised when the govt and big corporations give you only two undesirable choices or no choice at all. If we were on our toes as a responsible society of people who give a hoot about more than what Apple puts out as a new toy, then our government would not be giving us undesirable choices. It would be following the will of the people. But if people don't care, then they'll do what they want, unregulated. We have only ourselves to blame because the sad truth is that the majority of irresponsible sheeple in this country have no idea what is going on, nor do they care as long as they are comfortable. And for this, those of us who do care will continue to have to live with the choices made for us by the government that has taken the power away from its purposefully lost little sheep. Protect your choices. Shop local. Know your food. Do not support those who support or accept GMO's. Do not support those who have caved. Its the only way. If everyone did nothing to support Monsanto and other GMO producers and supporters, they will not survive. But it will take a lot of committed people making purposeful changes in their lives. If there is no demand, there is no supply to supply. You still have choices, make the right choices now and you may be around to see some real change.
02/06/2011 8:10:07 AM CST
Mike S says ...
Negotiate, fight, weak stance? With the USDA? Stop selling GMO foods? How do you recommend they do that? They, like you, don't even know which foods contain GMO's. Whole Foods is only 300'ish stores which carry different products across the country from different manufacturers and distributors. Get it, local? Sure, some stuff is at all the stores, but not everything. They are not the giant like Walmart, nor do they invest millions/billions into Washington lobby groups like Monsanto or Dupont. Instead of cutting off the head of the middleman, why don't we look at your President and your elected officials? What are you doing to make a change? Shopping at a local Farmer's Market is great! But maybe you live someplace warmer than I do... the Northeast. If not Whole Foods or a local Farmer's Markets, then where? Walmart? Do you think Trader Joe's is better at labeling? Shaw's? Albertson's? Publix? If so, you are missing the point. Whole Foods has done more to protect our food supply than all of the other giant food retailers combined. Whole Foods has been working against GMO's for years, where have you been? Americans wanted cheap food and somebody made it, you or your neighbor has been buying it and now we are all dealing with the repercussions. I want organic food to stay pure and I am for the little guy, but I'm not blaming Whole Foods for the mess we are in now. Wake up and smell the herbicide! Call your elected officials! Demand change in Congress. Demand change at the USDA and the FDA! Tell Washington to pass regulation on GMO crops and a GMO label law and we will all make our own decisions. Oh, and some of you really need to do some homework, some of these posts are hilariously stupid.
02/23/2011 11:58:18 PM CST
jeff says ...
Very disappointed in the USDA, and to some level Whole Foods. As citizens we only get to vote for politicians every few years, but we can vote daily with our buying decisions. Whole foods, and stores like it have a voice (though not as strong as the evil empire Monsanto), I would have hoped you pushed for labeling. This would allow consumers to use our buying power to help send the message that this is not ok. Whole foods, please keep pushing for the labeling, it's our only option at this point.
02/24/2011 7:16:25 AM CST
Swanny500 says ...
Very disappointing. I just shopped at Whole Foods today and will switch back to PCC in Seattle. I felt that the higher prices at Whole Foods was worth it as they were concerned about the ingredients of their products. But not any more.
02/24/2011 11:45:45 PM CST
student says ...
thank you. It was very sad to see the USDA fail to be an advocate for citizens.
01/28/2011 5:24:12 PM CST
Audra says ...
I am so glad for your continued committement to whole food and making our world better. I wish we had a petition we could sign to tell the government to protect these crops!!!
01/28/2011 5:42:58 PM CST
destroying your childrens future says ...
do you realize if you moderate this info you are supporting the destruction of the purity of your children's food supply.
01/28/2011 5:47:08 PM CST
Keith says ...
sellouts! we are watching you
01/28/2011 6:18:41 PM CST
Chef Debbi says ...
Even though a total ban was not an option, you still should have stood behind your no-gmo policy. How can you state that you will continue to fight for 'the protection of non-gmo foods' when you couldn't fight for it with this new policy whether or not it was not an option. A cop out if you ask me. I won't support WFM after this, sorry.
01/28/2011 6:33:12 PM CST
alexc says ...
The ruling is disappointing. The most concerning issue is we don't know what this will do to future generations.
01/28/2011 6:39:21 PM CST
Jessica says ...
It was so sad to not only hear the USDA's decision, but to see other organizations attack Whole Foods, Organic Valley and Stoneyfield Farms. It seemsa like now would be the worst time to become divided on such an issue. I have never seen anything at a Whole Foods store or publication that ever made me think they were not concerned about healthy living, which is at the heart of this issue, along with the economy of organic farmers nationwide. I will continue to support Whole Foods and these other companies, and although I feel it is partly their responsibility to protect our right to buy non-gmo foods, it is mainly the citizens job. We, the consumers, have failed.
01/28/2011 6:52:27 PM CST
Jennifer says ...
What happened to the 137 comments posted earlier on this subject?
01/28/2011 6:58:30 PM CST
kathleen says ...
We won't be shopping here anymore until we see major changes in your stand with GMO organizations. We have only one choice...to take a stand for our children's future.
01/28/2011 8:21:54 PM CST
Arlene Morgan says ...
As long as this is true I will continue to buy from Whole Foods. I love to shop there and buy, especially, their 365 brand products. That is all that is in my cupboard and fridge/freezer. It's the best way I know how to stay healthy and take care of my temple (my body)... With no insurance and all that is very important... I trust that you guys will keep up the good work and provide good wholesome products and great customer service... When is the new store coming to Winchester, VA? :-)
01/28/2011 8:57:23 PM CST
Tiffany says ...
I would have liked to see Whole Foods push for an outright ban on GE alfalfa, even if the USDA said they were not considering it. Why not use your influence to pressure them to consider it? Isn't that how negotiations work: you ask for more than you want knowing that you'll have to compromise and meet somewhere in the middle? This is a sad and scary day for organic foods in the United States.
01/28/2011 9:05:22 PM CST
Debbie says ...
I am deeply saddened that we live in a country with a motto of "In God We Trust" and we the people have allowed ourselves to be turned into sheeple and have put our trust in politicians who have sold God's bounty down the river to the devil's Frankenfoods. I do not and will not buy anything that is not certified organic. And do not be deceived by the words "natural" on a product that contains soy, corn canola, sugar beets, wheat as chances are they are from GMO sources. There should be laws for those who commit crimes against humanity but who would make those laws since our law makers are the ones committing the crimes.
01/28/2011 10:03:06 PM CST
Kerry says ...
Nope. Not going to happen anymore WF. My business is taken elsewhere.
01/28/2011 11:05:33 PM CST

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