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.)


What you say makes a lot of logical sense, but not practical sense. There is simply no way that my wife and I can research all the individual products and companies that make all the products that we purchase. There is not enough time in the day, even if we didn't have anything else to do (like work, take care of the house and spend time with our daughter).

I need these labels to mean something, and I need the grocery store to do the due diligence and screening on my behalf to ensure the labels mean something. With my limited time and knowledge, I can put food I buy into only three categories of sustainability and responsibility:

Locally produced and purchased directly from a representative or employee of the farmer (e.g., farmers markets). I can feel pretty safe about this, even if these foods are not purely organic or not certified organic. Our "apple guy" at our local farmers market does use some pesticide, but we can talk to him about it directly and decide if we agree that he's being careful and responsible about it. This is pretty time-intensive, and is only available to us in any practical way during the summer.

Certified organic, which still might mean excessive water use and tilling to manage weeds instead of pesticides. And it still might mean shipping from across the globe. And definitely means expensive.

Everything else, because none of the other labels mean anything.

This is why I need Whole Foods and others to be diligent and more clear on their labeling. They're in a position to do this--I am not.

exactly...very good point ...all to often people are misunderstanding the facts...!!!

I agree. All of my experiences with staff at Whole Foods have been markedly informative: They demonstrated above and beyond knowledge, awareness, and care regarding accurate representation of the source and content of their products. If (on rare occasion) they didn't know the answer to my question, they would be able to state clearly exactly which aspect of the question they did not know the answer too. This person's article is very inflammatory indeed, and although I am against Monsanto, it is going to become an ongoing problem because of Monsanto's power, and we cannot just boycott every single distributor or market that cannot withstand their torrid pressure.


The Monsanto article is a). a year old, and, b). misleading. Whole Foods has never had ties to Monsanto.

Real story:

Thanks for posting this! I just posted something similar because people don't seem to do their own due diligence any more.

No mater how old the article may be, it is still relevant and true. The link you suggested, though informative, is not the main focus of this piece. This article was sourced, meaning that excerpts were taken from another print that resulted in this publishing. They posted the link below the story. It seems as if you bothred not to read it before you posted. Have no fear. Here is the link to the sourced material.

PSYCH!! Go back and you'll find it. You will also see where Monsanto and WF are suggested tied.

Time to reclaim our country before it is too late.

We have a right to know what's in our food. This is the reason, I buy from our local farmers market.