Whole Foods Market Caves to Monsanto

WholeFoodsMarketAfter 12 years of battling to stop Monsanto's genetically-engineered (GE) crops from contaminating the nation's organic farmland, the biggest retailers of "natural" and "organic" foods in the U.S., including Whole Foods Market (WFM), Organic Valley and Stonyfield Farm, have agreed to stop opposing mass commercialization of GE crops, like Monsanto's controversial Roundup Ready alfalfa.

In exchange for dropping their opposition, WFM has asked for "compensation" to be paid to organic farmers for "any losses related to the contamination of his crop." Under current laws, Genetically-Modified Organisms (GMOs) are not subject to any pre-market safety testing or labeling. WFM is abandoning its fight with biotech companies in part because two thirds of the products they sell are not certified organic anyway, but are really conventional, chemical-intensive and foods that may contain GMOs and that they market as "natural" despite this. Most consumers don't know the difference between "natural" and "certified organic" products. "Natural" products can come from crops and animals fed nutrients containing GMOs. "Certified Organic" products are GMO-free. WFM and their main distributor, United Natural Foods, maximize profits by selling products labeled "natural" at premium organic prices.  (A typographical error in the second sentence of this story was subsequently corrected.  We regret this minor error.)


Whole Foods Market has now officially sold out its customers to what I consider to be POISONED MONSANTO GMO GARBAGE DISGUISED AS "FOOD"...... It is time to stop patronizing the co-conspirators with MONSANTO. PUT THE GMO POISONS MARKET OUT OF BUSINESS. TIME TO VOTE WITH MY WALLET AND WITH MY FEET.

I think that it's helpful to read the comments at the bottom of the article that provide a different perspective. I have friends who work at Whole Foods and I worked with their corporate offices back in the early 90's, when people had similar complaints about the prices of organic foods. Whole Foods has helped bring the value of eating organic foods to the mainstream population, which helps farmers and smaller local organic markets to exist. In many communities throughout the country where there are no small organic markets, Whole Foods makes such products available and helps to educate the public about the value of organic produce, sustainable fishing, etc. WF is a good company that treats its employees well and provides benefits and career opportunities that local markets simply cannot. I choose to support our local farmers' markets and grocers but also shop at Whole Foods for things that I can't find elsewhere. I also prefer their prepared foods to any other local market. I choose to buy only organic produce for our family and find it easy to identify which foods are organic and which are not (btw, I could not find any organic tomatoes at New Leaf last week). I noted the comment about "top of the barrel" produce that WF pays a premium for (the stuff that looks pretty and doesn't have bruises, is fresher, etc). This is important for many people in addition to the fact that it's organic.

Perhaps you couldn't find any tomatoes of the organic variety last week because it's JANUARY and one should not be eating tomatoes IN JANUARY. Wake up people!

I have two vines that are loaded with blooms and several 1- 2 inch fruit. If the weather holds I will have tomatoes in 20-30 days. Granted they are not going to produce heavily till summer but produce they will.

_You_ can't eat tomatoes because it's January, but here in the south my tomato plants are producing just fine. Just because you think something is out of season doesn't mean that it isn't available. Grow up - you're not the center of the eating world.

Omg- you cannot find tomatoes right now because they are not in season! Hello! Convenience shoppers created this mess too. Buy what is in season!

In all the words contained in that response to which you replied, you felt it necessary to point out the availability of tomatoes? Did you even read the whole paragraph? You've missed the point entirely and have drawn all your attention to one minor detail. Internet trolls like you aren't helping either.

I have tomatoes available now in Denver. $2/lb for beefsteak. Vine ripe - delicious. Grown hydroponically using organics and synthetics. Pesticide free.