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stephanie says ...
thank you for your fight!!! i am trying to spread the word that you guys are doing all you can and got a bad wrap...please don' make me regret it. sending light and love
01/13/2012 9:49:19 AM CST
Debby Shapiro says ...
I understand your postition and your claims. To completely support it why dont you voluntarily intorduce GMO free, or contains GMO labling. Be the first to do it. Otherwise I doubt your sincerity. Sincerely Debby Shapiro, regular Whole Foods Customer who is looking elsewhere to shop
01/17/2012 10:31:01 AM CST
Nataly says ...
I see many people here are upset with WFM. I wonder, if you people want to change things in GE foods arena, then why don't you? Why Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley, and Stony Field Farms are fighting this by themselves? I have just found out the details of it and I am sure there are many people out there, who do not even know about it. Is there any way to make this public to see, if there are enough people who cares to make a difference? Aren't we THE PEOPLE? Monsanto goes out of it's way to get united with like-minded companies, organizations, political forces, etc. They know where the power is. Shouldn't we do the same? If we will not be getting together on this and still be each in our corner, as we are, how in the world we think we can win this battle? Monsanto is a huge company with billions. And let me add, billions made on us, the people, buying their products. Where are they going to get this money, if no one will buy what they have to offer? We, the people, like to think that there will always be someone else out there fighting for what we need. We are quick to judge and to require. But slow and unsure, when it comes to us doing something. We already have air that we can not breathe, food that we can not eat, ocean that we can not swim in, children with diseases never seen before. What will it take for people to feel like it is "enough" and to be willing to put in effort into changing it?
01/20/2012 11:04:01 PM CST
liz says ...
We can not wavier and choose options that we are not comfortable with. We need to stand strong against any GMO crops. If WFM puts out a donation can to fight these Bastards i will gladly donate. Take my 5 cents for our bags and give it back to this fight, if money is the problem. We cannot give up, there is too much at stake. We will not have organic whole foods anymore if this continues. They will contaminate the worlds food supply. We need a large organization to fight and we need to inform people what is happening. We need commercials and presentations and communications to get the word out. We need a march on the FDA and ethics commission. The letters are not working. Let's stop whining and let's start fighting together!!! WFM should be informing their customers on GMO's in their stores or Monsanto will put you out of business.
01/23/2012 7:59:48 PM CST
June Park says ...
Well as we have seen in the past, the United States powers that be only care about money, not health or human rights. Please continue to clearly label your foods so I can continue to purchase allergen and GMO free food for my son and daughters. Vote out all incumbents, vote in human rights! Thanks for all you do!
01/23/2012 11:48:27 PM CST
Health Freedom says ...
The government is so bought off you cannot even trust the USDA organic seal anymore. Such a disgrace to humanity!
01/24/2012 3:27:48 AM CST
christy says ...
There is no way that I can support Whole Foods, Organic Valley or Stoneyfield anymore. I have been informed on GMO's for years now and as a mother of two young boys I refuse to put my money in the pockets of those who clearly don't see the big picture. We needed your vigilant support to fight for the health of our children and our futures and instead backed down. You are in bed with Monsanto. Shame on you(:
01/24/2012 11:19:18 PM CST
janejohnson says ...
UPDATE: Whole Foods market has no ties with Monsanto. This is a lingering rumor that came out of some widespread misinformation that the Organic Consumers Association distributed in early 2011. The issue rose when WFM and several others in the organic food industry testified at a congressional hearing in support of farmers’ rights to grow Non-GMOcrops. Because we did not take the exact hard-line stance that the OCA did, they accused of “being in bed with Monsanto,” and the rumor developed further from there. Whole Foods Market has no ties to Monsanto, and did nothave any interaction with the company concerning this or any other issue. For a good description of what really happened, here’s a link to a Washington Post story. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/genetically-modified-crops-get-boost-over-organics-with-recent-usda-rulings/2011/03/10/ABAAWNLB_story.html For those who have heard that Whole Foods Market has been “bought by Monsanto,” a quick trip to our investor relations page on our web site will show that we are a public company.
01/25/2012 10:56:01 AM CST
Marcy says ...
Thank you so much for your continued efforts. It takes courage and compassion. I'm grateful for your work.
01/26/2012 10:36:45 AM CST
Priscilla says ...
I understand the extent of lobbying power in DC, and it pains me to see that even large corporations like yourself are dwarfed by companies like Monsanto. In an effort to assist with what I believe is a mutual desire to protest, I say consumers agree to simply make a personal ban on said crops. I personally avoid any product containing soy and corn partly because of this issue. With this knowledge, I will also no longer purchase ANY alfalfa sprouts form here on in. There are many other sprouts we can buy, grow and consume, so if Monsanto wants alfalfa, I do NOT.
01/26/2012 11:55:23 AM CST
Caroline says ...
For those of you who think that Whole Foods isn't doing enough to support Non-GMO crops, please write or call your Congress people and get invovled with organizations like the Non-GMO Project. Whole Foods can't do all the work for an entire nation. Put your energy to good use and get active in the cause.
01/29/2012 2:25:04 PM CST
Robert Rand says ...
Well, we have choices as consumers. What I hear you saying is that your products are GE. So there you are. I can shop elsewhere, like my local organic farmer's market where I know the farmer and they know what they're planting. Another confirmation that big companies make big problems. Buy local. Best wishes--
01/29/2012 10:54:36 PM CST
Tiffany Villarreal says ...
Thank you Whole Foods for fighting the 'evil giant' Monsanto for so long, with your own funds. I'm saddened to read that during this day and age, when people are only becoming MORE aware of their food choices, that this is still happening. That companies with ethical standards and guidelines are still being 'bullied' into complying with companies (and USDA unfortunately) who do not share these respectful qualities. We will still purchase our ORGANIC, NON-GMO foods from your store, and have SIGNED THE PETITION to President Obama, pointing out the grave error made in this decision, this strong arming of a reputable company. Please continue your efforts for your consumers. We love the Whole Foods ideals and values and hope to see more decisions made in the right direction, non-GMO, organic farming support, and for the people who shop here. Thank you.
01/30/2012 7:17:54 PM CST
Daniel Holeman says ...
You are acting as if you were unjustly targeted by OCA. You are multi-billion dollar company. OCA is getting more done than you and they are operating on a few thousand dollars budget. You deserve the attacks because you have not done enough to fight the USDA. Put some of your profits to good use! Fight the USDA! They are working for Monsanto. You must know that. You definitely put profits above people. They stopped having Raw Milk in our whole foods as they were afraid of legal fights. You may has well just call yourselves Safeway! Where are your principles?! Whole Foods sells out health for profit, end of story.
01/30/2012 11:12:43 PM CST
Daniel Holeman says ...
If Whole Foods really wants to do the right thing, they will forget all about co-existence which only seems to mean the increasing spread of Monsanto's power and really take a stand. They don't have to wait for labeling. They can label their own foods as non-GMO right now without waiting for a government OK. And they can simply stop selling any conventionally grown food, as way to ensure they are not GMO, or just as bad, grown with pesticides, herbicides and synthetic oil based fertilizers. Whole Foods made some sort of deal and now they're trying to cover up for it. They put most of the small health and natural food stores out of business or bought them. And over the years, their organic produce has shrunk until most stores have an equal or even larger conventional section. It may be time for a Whole Foods boycott until they put their support for healthy organic food into action instead of merely writing or talking about it. Many Whole Foods stores now look almost exactly like your average supermarket except with higher prices and more processes luxury foods. There has been a definite drift over the past five years. I suppose that's the price of success and high stock prices. But at some point you have to make the decision that you're either for ethics, truth, health and honesty or simply for greed. It would appear Whole Foods has been drifting toward the later. It's the easiest way to go in the US. But a large boycott may help them turn away from the dark side. - Peter Cutler
01/31/2012 2:17:00 AM CST
Daniel Holeman says ...
Whole Foods can stop spending time and effort trying to make themselves look better than they are and use that time and money to become better than they are. Take a Stand. OCCUPY USDA!!!! Stand for HEALTH, not WEALTH!!!
01/31/2012 2:19:12 AM CST
Tony says ...
What a disappointment. I shopped at WF because of the quality of the produce. It's only due time when all of our produce will be GE or GMO. Sure it's alfalfa; but it will spread to everything. Nice job giving into the "man".
01/31/2012 9:53:02 AM CST
marcie says ...
What I am confused about is what does the USDA have to do with whether or not you sale Non GMO? How can the USDA tell a grocery store they have to sale GMO foods? I'm so confused by this, please shed some light.
01/31/2012 9:58:02 AM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Marcie The USDA regulates how foods have to be labeled and what information those foods must share with the customer. This allows suppliers to "lie by omission." If WFM does not know there are GMOs in food then it becomes that much harder to fight against them.
01/31/2012 11:54:42 AM CST
Fishguy says ...
Your position seems rational and nuanced, but the problem is that short of growing GE crops in bio-domes, with contained bee populations, it is nearly impossible to avoid cross-pollination. At the very least, what Whole Foods has done by taking this position (along with organic-food-producing-giant Cascadian Farms), was to "move to the center", taking at least SOME of the pressure off the USDA to keep tight controls on this technology. I am disappointed.
02/01/2012 8:16:57 AM CST
Ted B says ...
You lost me as a customer. I will never spend another penny at your stores even if that means going to multiple stores to get my shopping done. You are now part of the problem, I hope to see WF crash and burn. you've sold your integrity, hope it was worth it.
02/01/2012 12:50:03 PM CST
MamaRD says ...
Disappointing 10-fold! So many people are not educated on this stuff and trust what you're carrying is "better" for them. In my field of nutrition, most of my clients don't know GMOs.
02/01/2012 2:11:43 PM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Ted Please read our responses posted above. Also, I have sent you an email containing information about the media rumors that have been circulating.
02/01/2012 3:23:56 PM CST
Frank Falconer says ...
The fact that GE foods are being slyly fed into our communities is very disappointing? Education is a key component to this issue and the main way to directly educate consumer is through labeling. This forces the farming community to as one more label to their packaging. The fact is using Genetic Modifications (GM) to combat pesticides like “round up” is taking farming down the wrong path all together. It should be banned. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 70% of the pollution in our rivers and streams come from traditional farming. The answer is not combating pesticides and altering the genetics of the plants. The answer is creating new urban farming concepts that are better for the environment. Companies like FusionPharm Inc (www.fusionpharminc.com) operate on 20% of the water equivalent of traditional farming, require no pesticides, and are a closed loop system. This equates to no run‐off of harmful wastewater pollutants entering rivers or streams, creating a more environmentally‐friendly solution to farming. What’s the end result? A cleaner environment and healthier non-GM produce being infused into our communities.
02/01/2012 4:07:56 PM CST
mrmatt says ...
No longer shopping at whole foods. Will WF prices drop as their standards do? Their basis of premium pricing seems to NOT EXIST.
02/01/2012 7:12:04 PM CST

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