The Whole Truth about Whole Foods

Whole Truth About Whole Foods Documentary
Excerpts from Mike Adams, Forensic Food Scientist
Lab Science Director of CWC Labs
Author of Food Forensics
Founder and Editor of

“Many people have the completely wrong impression of what Whole Foods sells. They think that Whole Foods sells products that are entirely non-GMO, products that are clean, that don’t have heavy metals, pesticides, glyphosate or herbicides. That is completely false.”

“Whole Foods Market, all across the country, sells products to its customers that contain heavy metals, glyphosate, pesticides, herbicides and GMOs.

The company has created a false impression where many of their customers think that they don’t sell any GMOs or anything artificial. They even have a sign on their store in North Austin that says ‘Nothing Artificial, Ever.’ That’s a fraudulent claim.”

“Much of the marketing to Whole Foods customers is really just greenwashing. It’s invoking the terminology, the keywords and the concepts that appeal to health conscious consumers without actually making good on those assertions and promises.”

CWC Labs

Laboratory Testing of Whole Foods Products

“I have personally purchased foods at Whole Foods and tested them in my laboratory. I’ve seen the heavy metals, the glyphosate, the pesticides, the herbicides, and I haven’t even begun looking for things like hormone disrupters yet.

As a forensic food scientist, the Lab Science Director of CWC Labs, and the author of the #1 best selling science book on called Food Forensics, I know for a fact that much of what Whole Foods sells—at a very high price—is no different from foods that are sold at regular grocery stores.”

“In many cases, [their food] comes from the exact same suppliers, made with the same ingredients, they contain GMOs, herbicides and pesticides… they’re no different, other than sometimes they’re 50% higher cost.”

Whole Foods Store

The Illusion of Healthy Foods

“So what Whole Foods is really creating for their customers is an illusion. It’s a shopping experience: the illusion of living a healthy lifestyle… and having the ambience of an inviting store atmosphere. It’s the illusion of eating healthy, when much of what Whole Foods sells is really not healthy in my opinion as a nutritionist, scientist, and author.

And they don’t seem to be very concerned about that…

I met with a Whole Foods executive a couple years ago and presented the evidence that they were selling products on their shelves, right out of their store in Austin, Texas, that contained really alarming levels of lead, cadmium and mercury. They took that information, we had a discussion, I said ‘this is a public health issue, this is a corporate integrity issue.’ Over the last two years, Whole Foods has done absolutely nothing about it.”

Whole Foods and the GMO Labeling “Dark Act”

“And now to see Whole Foods really betray the organic movement, to push this anti-GMO labeling bill through the US Senate… in many people’s minds this is the ultimate betrayal.

People thought that Whole Foods was a place that cared about them, cared about their health, cared about honest labeling, transparency, and corporate responsibility. Because that’s what Whole Foods espoused, that’s what they claimed to offer.

But when you really scrutinize their actions, Whole Foods betrays those values, and they betray their customers.

As a result, more and more people aren’t interested in shopping at Whole Foods. They don’t want to reward a corporation that is being so dishonest with them, a corporation that is actually promoting the interests of Monsanto, that is dividing and causing an internal civil war in the organic industry, with the Organic Trade Association now denouncing that bill that Whole Foods supported.”

Compare Whole Foods’ commitment to GMO disclosure by 2018 to their support of the “Dark Act” / Denying Americans the Right to Know (about GMOs).

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GMO Awareness’ Takeaway:

Over 70% of products on your typical grocery store shelf contain GMOs—whether it’s on a shelf at Whole Foods or Safeway.

Cross-contamination, human error, and other factors can cause even certified products to test positive for GMOs.

ALWAYS read your labels, no matter where you choose to shop. NEVER assume that a grocery store’s overall marketing claims or promises about transparency apply to individual products—no matter what store it is.

Look for products that bear a USDA Organic and/or a Non-GMO Project Certified label. These labels indicate a certification process that prohibits the product from containing GMOs (with a few exceptions, as we explained here). The USDA Organic label takes it a step further by prohibiting a variety of harmful pesticides.

USDA Organic Non GMO Project

Products with these labels can be found at most grocery stores these days—in greater or lesser availability, sometimes in their own small section—regardless of whether you shop at Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Safeway, or Publix.

Even if the Dark Act does result in QR codes or other nondescript GMO labeling approaches, food manufacturers who care about consumer opinion will continue to use the USDA Organic and/or Non-GMO Project certification process, which will continue to be clearly evident on food labels.

When you don’t see a product you want in an organic option, tell the store manager. Consumer demand for organic products continues to climb every year, it’s in your best interest to voice your opinion just as it’s in the grocery store’s best interest to keep up with that demand.

Last but not least, don’t take a store’s own in-house organic brand at face value (unless the label already includes a USDA Organic or Non-GMO Project certified insignia)—visit their website, see if you can find a documented third party certification process, and if nothing else, contact the store manager or corporate headquarters for more information.


Cornell Student Initiates Student-Led, Expert-Backed, Evidence-Based GMO Course

The (Anti) GMO Debate

Or… how one student decided to respond to the pro-GMO propaganda at Cornell University

By Robert Schooler at www.gmowtf.comRobert Schooler GMOWTF

My name is Robert, and I am a Cornell University undergraduate student. However, I’m not sure if I want to be one any more. Allow me to explain.

Cornell, as an institution, appears to be complicit in a shocking amount of ecologically destructive, academically unethical, and scientifically deceitful behavior.

Perhaps the most potent example is Cornell’s deep ties to industrial GMO agriculture, and the affiliated corporations such as Monsanto. I’d like to share how I became aware of this troubling state of affairs.

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10 Ways to Make GMO-Free Organic Food Affordable

Yes, Affordable Organic Food is Possible…

10 ways organic affordable

If you’ve decided to “take the GMO-free plunge” for yourself or your family, the first difference you’re going to notice is the cost: organic food almost always costs more than conventional food. How can individuals and families make organic, GMO-free food more affordable?

Here are 10 helpful ideas to make “going organic / GMO-free” a little easier on your pocketbook…

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Does Your Body Absorb Genetically Engineered DNA?

Plant test tube GMO genetic engineering

One of the biggest assurances that pro-GMO manufacturers and scientists continue to make is how “safe” genetically engineered crops are. One of their primary arguments behind this assurance is that “new genes introduced in GM food are harmless, since all genes are broken up and rendered inert during digestion.”

Here are five studies disproving that theory…

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Salt Sugar Fat – How the Food Giants Hooked Us

Michael Moss Salt Sugar Fat

Food companies understand that salt, sugar and fat “are their holy grail.”
By Morgan Korn on Yahoo’s Daily Ticker

According to Michael Moss, the Pulitzer prizing-winning reporter and author of the new book Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, executives at the major food behemoths – Kraft, General Mills and Nestle – have known for years that the sugar, salt and fat added to their cereals, soups, tomato sauces and hundreds of other food products have put millions of individuals’ health at risk…

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Washington Post Circular on the Organic Movement

Non GMO Right to Know

Talk about some awesome awareness… today’s Washington Post included a special circular dedicated to The Organic Movement. The center spread of the circular features the above outstanding article by the Non-GMO Project’s Executive Director Megan Westgate (click on the image to view it, click it a second time to make it larger for reading).

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Is Trader Joes Organic and GMO-free?

Trader Joes Ralcorp ConAgra

Lately there’s been a rumor circulating about Trader Joe’s that I’d like to dispel: no, ConAgra has not bought Trader Joe’s. Trader Joe’s is still owned by Germany’s uber-private Albrecht family, ever since TJ’s founder Joe Coulumbe sold it to them back in 1979.

But ConAgra did buy Ralcorp, and Ralcorp is one of the primary manufacturers behind the majority of Trader Joe’s privately labeled, organic, and GMO-free products.

So what does ConAgra’s purchase of Ralcorp mean to the millions of loyal Trader Joe’s fans? Let’s connect the dots…

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