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.)


I agree to what Eric is saying. People should stop and think about the fact that without unions we would not have weekends off, paid vacation, 40 hour work weeks and/or work safety not to mention the wages we were making before this entire mess in the government started (all levels of government). What the union folks get everyone benefits from...non-union and management. Read your history. If you don't, and buy what the union busters are selling, you will be in the same boat folks in the USA were in back in the early 1900's and before. I think it is called "legal slavery".

"And I believe that a lot of these selfish greedy bastards shop at Whole Foods."
But they most likely buy organic. They know what they are doing.

Unions enter into this discussion because it concerns Whole Foods which has a CEO who wants to be the benevolent plantation owner and have no interference from a union. If Germany has 25% of its people in unions that's probably enough for them because they have a different brand of capitalism and exert much more control/regulation of their companies. In the US we need about 33% of working people to be unionized in order to control the casino, vulture, predatory nature of our corporations.

If you are not worried that Monsanto has cornered the market on GMOs, you should be. Monsanto has made their seeds Roundup resistant, so Roundup is used without caution.

What is Roundup? If you are curious, please read my post here:

Drugs, which are, in fact, Monsanto's final products (drugs), should not be legal under any circumstances, whatsoever! This company has lied, and lied, and lied, to the American people too many times for us to continue to take them seriously! Just listen: I heard on an Npr-relevant news source that the Monsanto company had denied the deadly effects its "Round-up Ready" corn or some s*** like that had had on Rats. These were bona-fide studies conducted by French scientists, smart ones, in fact, and they discovered, after a 90-day study the results of which Monsanto refused to acknowledge, the "toxic hepato-renal effects" caused by GM'd, Monsanto Maize. You can call this what you will, but I smell a cover-up( hepato-renal implies the kidnesy as wellas teh other organs, including the liver. Basically, the toxins from these Round-up-Ready-tainted Foods were so great, the toxicity showed up in the urine of these Rats!). You call this ethical behavior? Their products are the health-equivalent of "Twinkie" foods, and they must be stopped. Thank you, and have a nice day!!!!

(pronounced like, "Soo-fie")

NPR takes money from Monsanto and runs Monsanto ads. I sometimes wonder about their objectivity anymore...

this is grounds for boycott. How do we find out which other companies, besides Whole Fooods, Stoneyfield and Organic Valley, have participated in the cave in?? And, by the way, how is that GMO labeling law in California doing?

Is this really a fake article. I will never shop at Whole Foods if they did. I guess I need to investigate this More. I hope Not.