Whole Foods Market

Argument – The Creditbility of Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Markets rating system can not be trusted

Argument presented by: The Cornucopia Institute

June 24, 2015

  • While devising a new labeling program that identifies fruits and vegetables as “Good,” “Better,” and “Best,” Whole Foods is asking the growers to pay for participating in the retailer’s verification program
  • Numerous growers reported that their cost to comply with Whole Foods’ new program ranges from $5,000 to $20,000
  • One of the most objectionable elements of the “Responsibly Grown” program, for farmers, is the company’s alleged attempt to devalue the importance of the Certified Organic label in terms of customer perception. Under the Whole Foods program, conventionally grown produce, treated with toxic agrochemicals, can be rated higher than Certified Organic produce, which is grown under strict, legally enforced compliance overseen by the USDA

    ref: www.cornucopia.org/2015/06/whole-foods-markets-throwing-organic-farmers-under-the-bus/?utm_source=eNews&utm_medium=email&utm_content=6.23.15&utm_campaign=WFMORE

Whole Foods Market® commits to full GMO transparency

Opposing Argument

Whole Foods Market® commits to full GMO transparency

Company supports consumer’s right to know by setting five-year deadline for labeling GMOs

(March 8, 2013)  Whole Foods Market announced today at Natural Products Expo West that, by 2018, all products in its U.S. and Canadian stores1 must be labeled to indicate if they contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs)2. Whole Foods Market is the first national grocery chain to set a deadline for full GMO transparency.


USDA forces Whole Foods to accept Monsanto

The truth of what has happened lies with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Whole Foods has been part of an alliance that has been battling monsanto and regulation of GM foods for years. Monsanto is a very large company with deep pockets and a lot a lobbying power. They were able to fight out the issue much longer becaue they can afford it and they know that it is an investment because they are going to have a monopoly on certain seeds for crops in the US.

Currently these are foods that are Genetically Modified in the US in 2010:

  • 93% Soy
  • 86% Corn
  • 93% Cotton
  • 93% Canola (Rapeseed)

Whole Foods has been a major contributor in the protest against these things. This past battle has been won by Monsanto has been for Alfalfa crops.

Not only do we have to worry about organic crops being contaminated but also organic livestock.

After this news got out the Organic Consumers Association said that Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley, and Stony Field Farms surrendered to Monsanto and began supporting genetic modification. Click here to see Whole Foods Blog. These companies were some of the biggest protestors and used their own money and resources to do so try and stop Monsanto. They are not the bad guys. They were battling to help you.

This mis-information spread across the internet and created a giant backlash against these companies.

Whole Foods Hidden Camera GMO Sting - Organic Spies

12 Whole Foods Stores were investigated by Organic Spies and the report stated:

  • Whole Foods train their employees to say that they do not sell GMO products even though 20 - 30 percent of their products contain GMO
  • GMO is everywhere, in the salad bar, packaged foods, meets and dairy products

Whole Foods Caught! False Advertising Scandal Rocks The Web

Whole Foods Caught! False Advertising Scandal Rocks The Web

With GMO foods more prevalent and more unpopular than ever, even "organic"-oriented grocery chains have been scrambling to spin the sad truth that genetically-modified ingredients have saturated the market and infiltrated virtually all food brands.

Such is the case with Whole Foods, leader in the organic products market, who've made billions advertising their stores as all 'natural,' wholesome and containing 'nothing artificial ever,' all while admittedly selling GMOs inside the store.

Exhibit A-1

asparagus-not organic

An example of this grievance is clearly illustrated in photos taken this spring at Whole Foods stores in California. The company was selling conventionally grown asparagus, imported from Mexico, at $4.99 per pound with signage identifying it as “Best.” 

Exhibit A-2

Simultaneously, the grocer was offering locally grown, Certified Organic asparagus for $7.99 per pound, which only garnered the stores’ lowest rating, “Good.”