What's Next for Responsibly Grown

Since our last post about the Responsibly Grown program, we’ve continued to pursue the best ways to provide you, our customers, with more transparent choices. Read more about our next steps.

Talking About: Food for Tomorrow

Editorial Director Kara Chiles attended the second annual New York Times Food for Tomorrow conference last month. She shares highlights from influencers worth watching on topics from food waste to marine conversation.

Need to Know: House Bill Could Affect GMO Labeling

Given our clear stance in support of GMO labeling transparency, we felt it important to advise our shoppers that legislation currently expected to pass in the U.S. House of Representatives this week would have real implications for shoppers who – for whatever reason – want to know which products on our shelves contain GMOs, and which products do not.

An Update to our Responsibly Grown Ratings System

This post is contributed by Edmund LaMacchia, Global Vice President of Perishable Purchasing and primary executive sponsor of the Responsibly Grown program at Whole Foods Market. Edmund is an advocate for organic agriculture, and has worked tirelessly with organic suppliers to create lasting relationships with Whole Foods Market.

Clarifying the Tenets of Responsibly Grown

Responsibly Grown is a comprehensive rating system for fresh produce and floral products designed to help our customers make more informed choices about the produce they buy. The system includes factors not addressed by organic standards. In just eight months, more than 200 suppliers have enrolled in the program. More are joining. Five growers who have not yet applied to participate in the program sent an open letter late last week to our Co-CEO, John Mackey, about concerns they have regarding how Responsibly Grown is currently scored. We are speaking with these growers this week to listen to their concerns and clarify some of their misperceptions about the program. Meanwhile, in the spirit of transparency, I’d like to share our counter-points to their letter below, which are provided by Edmund LaMacchia, Global Vice President of Perishable Purchasing and primary executive sponsor of the Responsibly Grown program at Whole Foods Market. Edmund has been an advocate for organic agriculture throughout his entire career, and has worked for years with organic suppliers of all kinds to develop strong and lasting win-win relationships with Whole Foods Market.

Helping to Stop Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing

Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing continues to be a problem across our oceans. Legislation is critically important to enable the US to play a stronger role in combating illegal foreign fishing and to level the playing field for companies like ours who are working hard to source legal and responsibly produced seafood.

The Solution Under Our Feet: How Regenerative Organic Agriculture can Save the Planet

One critical and virtually unknown issue is still missing from today’s conversation about food, and it’s literally under our feet. It’s also a solution to climate change. John W. Roulac, founder and CEO of the superfoods company Nutiva, shares insights into how regenerative organic agriculture can save the planet.

Debate on Nutritional Science

I debated Nina Teicholz at a Junto meeting in New York City. The proposition: "An animal foods/low-carb diet is unhealthy compared with a 90+% plant diet that excludes sugar and refined grain products.” I, of course, spoke in favor of the proposition and Teicholz against. She is author of The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet. You can see the entire debate here.


Biodynamic Farming: A Farm-Forward Approach

If you are a concerned eater or farmer, you should know about biodynamics. Biodynamic is a farm-forward approach to healing the planet through conscious agriculture.

Slow Food USA Tells Stadiums to Up Their Game

You’re invited to join Slow Food USA in the next stage of the showdown between better meat and the industrial grid. Show your support with by hosting a #Nose2Tailgate this Sunday for the big game.


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