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former whole foods consumer says ...
Why does Whole Foods state to its readers that the government has two options: 1) fully deregulate GE alfalfa OR 2) conditionally deregulate it by placing certain rules and restrictions on growing GE alfalfa that would minimize or limit contamination of non-GE crops Whole Foods then states, "This second 'coexistence' option is what we are rallying for even though we continue to have reservations about GE crops." Gary Hirshberg, CEO of Stonyfield Farms made a similar concession on his company blog, stating: "our best chance at preserving the future of organic agriculture is to fight for every protection available under the "coexistence" approach." George Siemon, CEO of Organic Valley, followed suit on his company's press page, saying, "We will keep engaging and challenging the USDA in a true and meaningful conversation about coexistence and protection of non-GMO farming." What?! That's it? The nation's biggest purveyors of supposedly all-organic food are conceding the fight against GE alfalfa just like that? Instead of using their buying power to protect organic growers, these CEOs seem to have forgotten the third and ONLY option for protecting organic companies and consumers--UPHOLDING THE BAN ON MONSANTO'S GE ALFALFA IN ANY SCENARIO! In just five short years the organic labels that these companies claim to value so highly could be rendered essentially meaningless. Many of us are done with these corporate cronys. We know whats up. Don't play us for fools Whole Foods! x-(
01/31/2011 11:47:57 PM CST
Rob says ...
I personally make it a point during my travels across the states to plan my trip around a Whole Foods Store but considering the fact that Whole Foods Markets is bending to Monsanto and GMO I will no longer be doing business with Whole Foods Markets any longer. Whole Foods Market is doing damage control here and as sincere as this blog may seem it is in itself distorted. I applaud Whole Foods Market in its initial stand against Monsanto and GMO but in light of its current position (which i measure in action and NOT words)I can no longer support Whole Foods Market. Food co-ops and farmers markets are where the strength still remains. Godspeed.
02/01/2011 12:34:27 AM CST
JRC says ...
BOYCOTT MONSANTO NOW!!!!! FOR EVER!!!!!! Mutated deformed impotent cattle are coming. Silent Spring is coming. Armed Revolution induced by starvation is coming to America !!!!!!! Stop the GE/GMO Foods/Feed Crops before the irreversible conflict with Nature cause the collapse of America!!!! NO KIDDING- READ THE SCIENCE- OUR GOVT. is SOLD OUT. IMPEACH EVERYONE!!!!!!
02/01/2011 1:25:56 AM CST
Brian says ...
With all due respect I do not buy this at all. As an organic seed grower my livelihood is more at risk then it has ever been. And this is just my Livelihood without bringing to light the gross negligence towards the health of humans, other animals, pollinators, etc etc. What I believe is that you and the other 2 are Very Big Corporations. This said, what you could have done, what you Should have done, is let all your supporters know Exactly what was on the table Before a decision was reached, taken a firm stand, and begged everyone to jump on board. I imagine that 2-4million people inundating the USDA and the White House with calls and comments would have made much more of an impact then a mere 200,000. What you did instead is protect your interests. When will people understand this? In the end it comes down to the bottom line of profit and protecting your business. Do you want to protect yourselves by making sure that USDA certified organic allows a minimum GE contamination before the bottom drops out? Do you want to reach out to what you see as the inevitable takeover by Monsanto? After all they did say that what they want in the end IS contamination so that the issue of them being stopped or regulated becomes nonsensical. OCA did NOT cause the divide. You did. You made a gross error in judgment by refusing to take a Strong stand for what you purport to believe in, and in deciding FOR your supporters/followers/consumers instead of With them. If you believe as you said that Organics should support one another, the first thing to be done is for you, Stonyfield, and Organic Valley to apologize.
02/01/2011 1:52:35 AM CST
Debra Trojan says ...
I talked to your corporate office six months ago and was told that there were only TWO products in your entire 365 line that Whole Foods guaranteed to be GMO-free; all the rest MAY have GMO in them. What a crock of S%$t! The average person who shops at WFM believes that the 365 line is GMO-free and that's why they are willing to pay your inflated prices. You guys are a FRAUD!
02/01/2011 2:25:18 AM CST
paig292 says ...
@Debra Trojan Whole Foods Market enrolled our entire private label – all of our store brand products sold under the 365 Every Day Value and Whole Foods Market labels – in the Non-GMO Project verification program. All of our products are going through a 3rd party verification process, and you'll see the Non-GMO Project Verified seal show up on products as they complete the process. For a complete list of our products and those from other food makers, visit the Non-GMO Project Website. http://www.nongmoproject.org/consumers/search-participating-products/
02/01/2011 2:26:02 AM CST
Dee says ...
Looks like your own spokesperson, Paige Brady, is monopolizing the comments here. I don't trust Whole Foods anymore. You have done so many things of questionable nature from a sustainability perspective, while dominating and controlling a large market -- this just seems to fit a bit too well. Corporate profits are the bottom line. And by the way, I read analysis in the past of your frozen 360 vegetables (or maybe your Whole foods brand, get them mixed up)-- as I recall, it was another beware, more falseness situation. And is there no fish you won't sell if there are buyers no matter how endangered? Or small company you won't take over? So spare us the false indignity. And by the way, I'd like to know where you are labeling GE or GMO on your products. And why did you not seek the organic communities input and letters to the USDA before this pact with the devil?
02/01/2011 4:54:35 AM CST
Dee says ...
As my comment awaits "moderation" before being posted--not yet posted-- it appears Whole Foods is also screening comments. How typical--post only a few critical and an uncommon lot of supportive comments, including by apparent Whole Food personnel.
02/01/2011 5:00:05 AM CST
paig292 says ...
@Dee We clearly state that comments to our blog are moderated and that they must meet our Comment Posting Guidelines for no offensive language (vulgarity), no flaming, no personal attacks, only original material, and more. See the full guidelines: http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/comment-posting-guidelines/ On this specific post, currently 12 comments have not been approved because they did not meet these guidelines. Also, here's a link to blog post we did about the Non-GMO label; the images show the label on a few products. Not all of our 365 and Whole Foods branded products have the label yet because they are in the process of going through 3rd party verification. http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/2010/10/celebrate-non-gmo-month/
02/01/2011 5:01:58 AM CST
GMOfree says ...
As I see it, WFM tried to make a deal with the devil, and got their throats slit in the process. Vilsack is a Monsanto man, and he tricked WFM into betraying the hard core non-gmo movement, all the while knowing which way he would decide and that and that by suckering WFM into believing he might compromise, it would divide people. The GE lobby is so huge, only if we all stick together and say not no but heck no do we have a chance. WF now has to prove they are "true advocates of non-GE foods", grow a backbone and take a stand against them and with the people. That being said, this is more Obama's fault than anything as he is the decider in chief. I didn't vote for Obama, but I'm sure the people voting for him didn't think he would be appointing commizar Vilsack to push Monsanto and the whole GMO agenda. I guess we are all going to need health care when we are all sick from the GMO's we will be unable to avoid soon. I will still shop at whole foods, but only their organic and 365 brands that are sourced NON GMO because the other health food stores are so much more expensive, and the local conventianal supermarket has only maybe 10 products that are organic in the whole store and only lettuce and carrots for organic produce. I'm also curious, does wf use non-gmo ingredients for its prepared food. I had always assumed so considering they are "true advocates of non-GE foods" but now that I think about it, a clarification in the prepared foods policy is needed. How about an information booth at the prepared food desribing what gmo's are and why they are not in the food? As an advocate of non-gmo, helping to educate more people and taking a stronger NON GMO stance would help us get to the tipping point where consumers will drive the corporations away from GMO. One of the best resources out there is http://www.responsibletechnology.org for more information on this subject.
02/01/2011 5:21:13 AM CST
Brian says ...
What percentage of Whole Foods' sales come from products that contain unlabeled GMO organisms, especially soy, corn, and canola? Whole Foods is choosing profit over ethics. If they didn't back GMO poisoning of the Earth and the people and animals inhabiting it, they wouldn't sell the poison! There is no compromise between right and wrong.
02/01/2011 6:25:58 AM CST
Brian says ...
Whole Foods is caving. Period. Contamination is guaranteed, as is soil contamination. The only viable mitigation is NO GMOs! OCA nailed you on this FACT.
02/01/2011 6:46:21 AM CST
Doc says ...
Okay, let's step back and take another look at this. First of all the USDA no longer represents what was the Constitutional Government. That may very well be totally gone. USDA represents the Federal Corporation... you may check this at:http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/28/usc_sec_28_00003002----000-.html Where as a definition, number 15 states that the United States is 1)a Federal Corporation. As such the USDA and the rest of our government is no longer a representative government ... unless you consider our government representing monsanto as representative. Therefore as much as I too would like to point a finger at WFM.. I do believe there was indeed little choice in the matter. Our congress for example has its little hearings and they are scripted in advance so it looks like they are representing us... this has been true for some years/decades. As a corporation the Government of the United States is no longer interested in the Constitution except when it serves them to do so. Those times are becoming less and less. We are in a fascist regime... wherein the citizen is nearly a slave. Recall Cogress has made it perfectly clear that a corporation has far more rights than a citizen. It is my opinion based on these facts that WFM could have done more as could anyone of us... we are all to blame for not standing up... and it is possible that the standing up should have happened in the 60's or at least seventies... the Gov. has given just enough to pacify and really gave nothing at all. (As with the civil rights movement). So typical of those in hiding... whose real agenda slowly and carefully comes to a head...So, all of this is no surprise... Remember Jay Leno said in his monologue shortly after we illegally invaded Iraq, "We may as well give Iraq our Constitution, after all we're not using it!"
02/01/2011 8:30:41 AM CST
China Marbles says ...
You were not given a total ban option?? Then you should have demanded a total ban option. You join the GMO crowd by default. It is either yes or no. You are trying to justify your lukewarm,CYA position with a lot of double-speak and circular reasoning.
02/01/2011 8:40:23 AM CST
TruthSeeker says ...
Oh, PLEASE!!!! Whole Foods is the NEW SAFEWAY! You don't get a Pass on this one WHOLE FOODS... you're now WHOLE(GMO)FOODS in my book. As a Naturopath, I was DISGUSTED when you folded under pressure and DISCONTINUED selling RAW MILK. SHAME ON YOU WHOLE(GMO)FOODS!! Shame on you! This latest is the next extension of CODEX ALIMENTARIUS United Nations (WHO)ATTACK - Nothing less than ACT OF WAR on the People. Global DePopulation at work. It must be treated as such. The SYSTEM is ONLY working for the Corporate CRIMINALS - The MONSANTO MONSTERS, etc. It is time for the People to WAKE UP to this OUTRAGE - their Health and Well being and even continued Existence depends on it. It is time to take this to the STREET. It is time to DEMAND a REAL INVESTIGATION into the USDA and FDA - they are NOT working on behalf of the American People - they are Serving a Foreign POWER - this is TREASON and must be Recognized as SUCH. Wake up WHOLE(GMO)FOODS and REALLY join the FIGHT. No time for COWARDS and LIARS in the FIGHT FOR TRUTH and HEALTH.
02/01/2011 8:46:40 AM CST
featherhead says ...
My dollar votes now go elsewhere. Support your local farm stands and CSA. WF: you know you could have made a difference. There is always another choice and no matter how deep MonSatan's pockets may be, they rely on the people to buy their tainted and damaging products. If WF wants to escape this mess (the damage control is already kicking into overdrive, BTW) you need to shoot for complete transparancy in labeling. Otherwise, everything you say and do from this point onward is just lip service. Folks, it's time to start storing up those heirloom seeds.
02/01/2011 9:01:27 AM CST
bruce says ...
Dont tell us tell your US goverment
02/01/2011 9:05:48 AM CST
TSGordon says ...
Immediately, upon reading the news flash from OCA, I was very disappointed at Whole Foods for evidently backing down on this super critical issue. Perhaps now this event can be leveraged forward to create even more opposition to this absurd practice of allowing the biotechs to run roughshod over all of humanity. Our numbers 'had better be increasing,' and those farmers who's lives have been wiped-out, such as my friend who lost hundreds of thousands of acres of ruined 'BT Cotton-land had better be featured in prominent US and World news articles.
02/01/2011 10:07:42 AM CST
Townes says ...
The GE camel's nose is under the tent now. Before long the tent will be full of camels. You cannot 'make deals' with people whose purpose is to destroy natural foods through cross pollination order to make you have to use their Seeds which produce non seed bearing plants and Roundup. All of your natural food producers should ban together and form a class action lawsuit on Monsanto. Compromise is not an option, unless you want to lose your organic foods status.
02/01/2011 10:45:43 AM CST
pdaddy says ...
Look people, it's about money, power and greed and MONSANTO et.al. have placed all of their cronies in high positions in literally every aspect of food production and consumption even the little "co-ops" out there that one would think are too small to even bother with. When YOUR government is no longer working for YOU, then it is time to revolt plain and simple and they don't want a peaceful resolution so to everyone who is attacking Whole Foods and other such companies, why don't you get off your asses and get in the fight yourself. The time for peaceful negotiations is over 'cause they won't settle for that. We all know that Monsanto, DuPont, Wal-mart, FDA, USDA, the FED...all them have the same objectives. I know it's more convenient to stay in your whole and think that revolution is not the answer so remember JFK's words: "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable". THEY DON'T WANT PEACEFUL REVOLUTIONS!! It's time to make a hard decision people; it really is. You're either a slave to them or a master of yourself. Choose one!
02/01/2011 10:54:26 AM CST
Louise says ...
You don't really care for the organics question. You said yourself awhile ago, that its all about the money. I won't shop at your place. You are a fake.
02/01/2011 11:03:47 AM CST
Adam says ...
The FDA, and the USDA are run by criminals.
02/01/2011 12:32:05 PM CST
burt says ...
I see crap in wholefoods everyday-tell me, where do you get the raw materials for your prepared foods yup-same place as food lion
02/01/2011 12:46:08 PM CST
Mark says ...
Due to your surrender to the Monsanto-run USDA, I cannot, in good conscience trust your judgment as to what constitutes good Organic, or Natural foods. You have lost my business, and my respect with this surrender to those who are poisoning the world's food supply.
02/01/2011 12:57:32 PM CST
charles says ...
Be honest. get back in the fight. You deleted the previous comments (my comment therein) and are now posting only what serves your company. How soon will my comment be deleted as happened on the previous comments on this same topic from 1/21 and 1/28.. I see some comments that should have been moderated and deleted on this current comment list. Therefore "l love Whole Foods" I am campaigning to "Save Whole Foods". This is not going away because it has erupted in a cleansing way to delineate who is organic and who fights the GMO contamination with out any tolerances via Non Gmo verifications. We organic producers/consumers read labels and discriminate exceedingly. Successful organic marketing must be truthful in its labels and marketing claims. So then, the QAI labels are they real because after all the National Sanitary Foundation (NSF) owns them. Many of the mainstream retailers Whole Foods, Wal Mart etc. use QAI certified USDA organic labels on products from China. The Chinese Organic Standards are more stict than the US NOP. I would buy Chinese certified products. Does organic alfalfa come from China certified by ECOCERT (France) and IMO (Switzerland) really contain GMO's? Unfortunately U.S.retailers are exempt from USDA/NOP regulations so that is besides the point and this comment should be deleted because the management team says it is off topic. I am not disappointed with the USDA regulations because the USDA did what I fully expected by deregulating GE Alfalfa. I register my dissent to your approach to solving this problem. HUH Think
02/01/2011 1:31:06 PM CST

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