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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
Suzanne says ...
I have a question for all of the people who say they are no longer going to shop at WF... where will you shop instead? Seriously, are you going to go shop at Safeway because you're unhappy about GMOs?
02/04/2011 3:36:34 PM CST
David Zuckerman says ...
I just curious, does wholefoods carry "natural", "sustainable", and other greenwashing termed items. The reality is that unless something is certified organic or is somehow certified GMO free, then odds are it contains GMO. Look at the ingredents on everything you buy. If there is corn, corn syrup, Soy lecithin, canola oil, etc. etc. then it contains GMO. "Natural" and "sustainable" only mean what the marketers want you to think. Unfrotunately we all have to do our research unless the fod is certified.
02/04/2011 9:08:13 PM CST
WK says ...
this is so disheartening! WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?!
02/04/2011 9:34:46 PM CST
Renee says ...
My family has been shopping at whole foods for several years now, and can no longer support this business. I would drive 40 minutes to the nearest whole foods store a couple times per month, but now you have lost my business entirely. I would spend close to $800/month to feed my family, supporting whole foods mission. I will take my $9,600.00 per year and support my local farmers and our small certified organic stores that are fighting to keep GMO's out of farming industry. You didn't fight hard enough!!! How can you say you "are as committed as ever to ensuring that non-GMO food remains available" after you agreed to coexist? You have stated that "365 Everyday Value® and Whole Foods Market™ brand products are sourced to avoid GMOS." Now, how can we be so sure? How can we trust you? You have not fought hard enough to protect seed purity and the future life of our children. In fact, if Whole Foods was on the front lines, we would all be dead!
02/04/2011 9:57:30 PM CST
former whole foods consumer says ...
where are we going to shop? LOCAL FARMS AND ROAD SIDE FRESH FOOD VEGETABLE VENDORS... ITS CALLED LOCAL NON GMO FRESH! ALONG WITH GROWING OUR OWN HEIRLOOM GARDEN VEGGIES! GEEZ, THIS GUY ACTS LIKE WF IS THE ONLY PLACE!
02/04/2011 10:49:36 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
sean says ...
I already had heard shady reports about the 365 california line that had products from china. what kind of manipulative marketing is that?! and now conceding to allow GMO products...I think i'm finally done with whole foods. they're more the 'image' of ideal without the follow through
02/07/2011 11:38:59 AM CST
Rick says ...
Choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil. An industry leader and powerful voice such as Whole Foods must be the voice for the ones who can't be as easily heard. Fight to keep the correct option on the table or your whole business model means nothing. I lived in Austin for 13 years and watched Whole Foods grow from a corner store to an empire and I paid the higher prices because I knew what I was getting. Now I'm not sure. You say you will do your best to avoid GMOs. Not good enough. I'll grow my own.
02/07/2011 1:02:37 PM CST
Philip says ...
Thank you for fighting the good fight and please do continue.
02/07/2011 5:11:41 PM CST
party pooper says ...
If you really want to fight GM products, boycott 'em!
02/09/2011 12:57:49 PM CST
John Graham says ...
Somebody has got to get hold of this situation, this inter-bickering. I guess it might as well be me. People PLEASE, Keep your eyes on the prize, and not this internal drama. Don't allow USDA/Monsanto to divide and conquer. Perhaps USDA Disappoints because Whole Foods Market disappoints with a weak stance ! Now I must go and shop at the local community heath food store. The ones who truly oppose GE foods. It looks like this. WHOLE FOODS MARKET took a weak stance of accepting coexistence with transgenic pollution. (The self-admitted polluter is Monsanto. Transgenic pollution happens by transfer of pollen by wind and honeybees.) This "coexistence" would be if the USDA approved partial deregulation of GE Alfalfa The USDA then decided to fully deregulate. Why? Perhaps because Whole Foods Market took a weak stand. I am very disappointed with Whole Foods Market. I have read and understand Whole Foods Market's reasons, BUT WHY DID YOU NOT BARGAIN WITH THE USDA ? WHY DID YOU ACCEPT THEIR 2 MEASLY OPTIONS ? WHY DID YOU NOT STICK TO THE VERY REASONABLE STANCE OF NON-DEREGULATION OF GE ALFALFA ? Please Whole Foods Market, seriously consider where that weak stance got us. NOW ALFALFA IS DEREGULATED. Once the pollen is out, it is irreversible. PLEASE WHOLE FOODS MARKET, AFTER BEING TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF BY THE USDA, CHANGE YOUR POSITION TO NON-DEREGULATION OF GE ALFALFA Bargain from that position, not a weaker one. If you can change you ways, I will come back to your market.
02/11/2011 8:35:56 PM CST
Melissa says ...
I am sad that I read so many nasty comments. Your anger should not be at a company that for years has been fighting and supporting organics and non gmo's and the health of our planet. Whole Foods has been trying to work within a coruupt system to change things and has made great strides at changing organic practices ( would walmart be selling organics if it had not been for whole foods?)and Animal welfare practices. Your anger and energy should be at all the sold out polititions who pass these laws including the president. Untill we stand up to this mass coruuption it will just get worse.
02/15/2011 10:59:27 AM CST
Mia says ...
You should be committed to fighting for a ban on all GM crops. You have the money and power to do so. It's such a disappointment to see you give up. And giving in to co-existence is giving up because the GM crops will soon contaminate the organics!
02/17/2011 1:33:17 PM 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
Anon says ...
This has to go. Everyone who's knowledgeable about how this insane government truly works has to take action. We need to stop talking about things and actually begin to get things done. March 20th in Washington, we need to send a message to the industries that are influencing our government for the worse. They don't care about us, nor do they care about the millions they kill elsewhere. It's all money and control for them. This needs to end. Look up "March 20th Revolution" and do your part to take action. Stop talking and start acting people!
02/28/2011 9:12:59 PM CST
Risa Lavelle says ...
Thank you for staying in the fight against the complete deregulation of GE Alfalfa. I think at the point those of us who want the choice of "clean non GMO food" need to stand together. Please let us consumers know what we can do now to help advocate for the organic farming industry -- large and small.
03/02/2011 12:28:10 PM CST
Bill Cohen says ...
Since Whole Foods has so many customers around the country, why not enlist your customers to battle for you. 90% of them probably have no idea what gmo is, but if they were told what gmo is and found out that they had purchased it without knowing, they would be livid. If you really want to win the war, enlist the ones who need to know there is a war going on, urge them to fight with you by making their voice heard. The power is in the knowledge. I will be speaking with the store in my area as to what your specific strategy is to enlist the ignorant public in the fight!!!!!!
03/03/2011 12:38:09 PM CST
Dennis says ...
When I read the OCA article, I felt betrayed by WF too and I also felt like boycotting them. After reading their response as well as the numerous letters of response published here on WF's own website, I realize that things are not as simple as I originally thought. Do I think WF is perfect? No. They have been using GM canola on their dried raisins for years and have been totally unresponsive to changing this. They have carried large bags of Domino White Sugar on their shelves for at least three years. How anti-whole is that? Nevertheless, I have been able to get many of the things I need there and appreciate their commitment to the larger community. They have also taken a big stand against GMOs in the past. More importantly, they posted all of these strong responses here in this comment section of their website for all of us to read. I saw letter after letter of strong, dedicated, intelligent, and well-informed people speaking against GMOs and the stance that WF has taken. I was truly amazed to see here that I was not as alone about this issue as I had previously thought. I was also amazed to see that WF published these for all of to see. What this could mean is that they are still showing their commitment to their principles and to us, their loyal customers)that they understand and care. If they make the changes suggested in this blog, including rescinding their position with the USDA, perhaps we could all unite together and win this disgusting war. We could even use WF as a forum to debate the strategies we could use as is happening here. I think we can turn this mistake around into something even greater by uniting all of our forces. This, I think can be done. Will WF actually do it? I hope so, but we shall have to wait to see.
03/03/2011 1:54:24 PM CST
docas tunkara says ...
USDA is saying it is fair for GE Alfalfa can sit side by side on the shelves, however today people no longer sit side by side while smoking their cigarettes. To be fair to all, all do not have to be together in the contamination of the other.
03/04/2011 3:25:09 PM CST
Student says ...
As a whole I like WFM. For a corporation, you've appeared to evade corruption. However, you aren't fighting hard enough anymore. These letters feel like a politician's; you no longer represent the values that I hold. I'm switching to Vitamin Cottage.
03/09/2011 10:02:06 PM CST
jill rose says ...
I have questions. I have serious chemical sensitivities. For example, I cannot spend any time in a tire store without becoming ill from the horrible rubber smell. Others may not notice it, but to me it is disabling. I have had chronic sinus infections requiring months of antibiotics after spending 20 minutes in a tire store. I also have many allergies to food and pollen, dust and molds. And I have become sensitive to gluten. My diet and activities are definitely limited by my health concerns. I try very hard not to be exposed to those things that bother me, I try to eat only organic foods, and I take allergy injections to try to lessen the effects of allergens. I am so distressed by this because I have been counting on being able to know what is in my food, to be able to take care of myself by not ingesting what could be harmful to me. I won't know what is in genetically modified food. I won't know if it will harm me. And as I am becoming more and more super-sensitive to things and my immune system is becoming more messed up, now something else will be contaminating my food and harming me. I have always felt safe shopping at Whole Foods. I guess I won't be feeling that way anymore.
03/15/2011 8:32:22 PM CDT

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