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.)


This just goes to show that they do not believe in anything but charging you a lot more for food that is no better than the crap you get at walmart. Whole foods = scam.

whole foods and "farmers" will collect about the same amount as the native alaskans have collected from Exxon/BP from the Valdez region...$0.

whole foods=fail.

I think you miss the point. Monsanto's modified seed can even ruin YOUR garden. We all lose.

Biggest BS comment I have ever heard!

no reason to shop at Whole Foods anymore and pay their high prices if what I get there is just like what I would get every where else. Thanks a lot guys. You just sold out Your Special Purpose in the World.

Their prices are not high. Their home brands are half the price of regular chains like Gristedes.

Whole Foods is hands down more expensive than Fred Meyer,Safeway, Smith's, Albertson's, Lowe's, Sunflower and Trader Joe's on pretty much everything except tofu and maple syrup. Now their greed shows through clearer. Same as mortgage and finance corps, just a different medium to get there.

Compare to wal-mart, aldi, save-a-lot and any of the dillons/gerbes franchises... we did a comparison shop, item per item... and their prices on the whole are 3-5 times as expensive

ummm you can't compare Wal-Mart to whole foods.