Breaking News: USDA's New Pasture Rules for Organic Livestock

This just in: The USDA published its final rule on access to pasture for organic dairy animals this afternoon. This enhancement to the National Organic Standards has been in the works for many years, and its announcement is a major victory for organic consumers, the integrity of the organic label, and the lives of organic livestock. While the National Organic Standards already require access to pasture for ruminant animals, this enhancement lays out very specific requirements:

Our meat: No antibiotics, EVER!

Piglets Exploring


Gluten-Free Shopping for Kids

A group of moms, who also happen to be Whole Foods Market Northern California team members, got together and created a "NorCal Moms" Facebook page as a place to offer fellow moms useful information on all aspects of mothering — from choosing healthy foods and products for babies and kids to cool community events.

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Going Above and Beyond on Organic Certification


Introducing the Non-GMO Project

Non GMO Project

Supporting Organics Organically

Organic FoodI was pretty disappointed late last week to learn that there was a smear campaign afoot, by a group claiming that Whole Foods Market is working to "undermine" the integrity of the organic food label. What?!

FOOD, Inc. is Hungry For Change

Rachael is part of our team dedicated to answering emails, letters and phone calls from our customers.

Help Stop Illegal Fishing

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the government agency that's responsible for managing fisheries in U.S. waters, is asking for public comments on proposed policies for addressing what's known in the industry as illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing (a.k.a. pirate fishing) and bycatch (unintentional or incidental catch) of protected species like whales and sea turtles. Okay, there are a lot of acronyms in that first sentence (I even left some out) but the point is: as citizens we have an opportunity to express our opinion about how these public resources are managed.

"Natural" Means...What?

One of the most important things Whole Foods Market does is expressed in our first Core Value: Selling the highest quality natural and organic products available. You'll find that statement on our walls, our website, our brochures, etc. But what do "natural" and "organic" mean, and who sets the definition? I'll start to get into the nitty gritty details of these questions in this post.


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