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 NaturalNews.com

“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 amazon.com 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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Peer Review of GMO Safety Studies Finds Significant Flaws

Studies significantly inadequate or flawed

BREAKING NEWS: a new peer reviewed study of the Ag-Biotech industry’s so called ‘long term safety studies’ has found them to be “significantly inaccurate or flawed” and lacking in proof of safety.

And these are just short-term animal feeding studies… because nearly two decades after genetic engineered ingredients have been present in the majority of processed foods found in your grocery store, NO long term human health studies have ever been performed.

Why is no research being done on the potential human health risks of GMOs? The ag-bio companies won’t let it happen.

Emily Waltz explained it back in 2009, in her article published in Nature Biotechnology: “the crop industry’s strong-arm tactics and close-fisted attitude to sharing seeds is holding back independent research and undermining public acceptance of transgenic crops.” (Read the full article here.)

Scientific American magazine agreed: “Agritech companies have given themselves veto power over the work of independent researchers.” Scientists must literally ask these corporations for permission before publishing independent research on genetically modified crops. (Source: Scientific American Magazine, August 13, 2009)

Not surprisingly, no such permission has been granted in the last twenty years, except for studies that are crafted to put GMOs in a positive context.

Two years later, the scientific journal Science Direct published a study in April 2011 in which they found significant conflict of interest in “research” done on the health risks and nutritional assessment of genetically modified products. “Where there was a conflict of interest, 100% of the studies (41 out of 41) made a favorable GM safety finding.”

FDA genetically contaminated Monsanto GMO

The GMO Emperor Has No Clothes

Surely an untested food source would require extensive approvals from the FDA, right?One of the most common arguments from the biotech industry is that the FDA has “thoroughly evaluated” GM foods and found them safe.

This is untrue.

For nearly two decades, NO studies have been performed on the human safety of GMO products — in fact the first research is only now emerging, and almost all of it in countries outside of the U.S.

To date, no American scientist has investigated the levels of toxic residues in GMO foods.

There have been no studies to determine how much of the insecticide that crops are genetically engineered to produce remains inside the plant, once it reaches our dinner plate. (Did you know the EPA regulates and monitors this GMO corn as an insecticide?)

Pesticides Charts

There have likewise been no studies to determine how much toxic residue is left over on crops which are heavily saturated with herbicides (weedkillers) during their growth. (As shown in the above graphic, the #1 genetically engineered trait is “Roundup Ready”: crops that can resist being repeatedly sprayed with Roundup).

This becomes even more sobering when you learn that the USDA has just approved crops genetically engineered to withstand 2,4-D—the key ingredient in Agent Orange used with such disastrous effects during the Viet Nam war—because weeds have evolved so much resistance to the use of Roundup.

No long-term testing has been performed to assess the impacts of any of these toxic substances — neither on human health nor on the environment.

And now we learn that what little testing that has been done (by the same corporations who manufacture GMO crops AND the weedkillers used with GMO crops) has been done with “significant flaws.”

Highlights of the new peer-reviewed study just published on Science Direct include:

  • Histopathology studies on rats eating approved GM crops were reviewed.
  • Only crops containing any of three widely-eaten GM genes were reviewed.
  • Published studies could be found for only 19% of these crops.
  • Most histopathology studies were published years after approval.
  • All reviewed papers were found to be significantly inadequate or flawed.

ALL papers… significantly inadequate or flawed. 

The review also discovered an inconsistency in methodology and a lack of defined criteria for outcomes that would be considered toxicologically or pathologically significant.

There was a lack of transparency in the methods and results, which made comparisons between the studies difficult.

Overall, they found the “evidence reviewed here demonstrates an incomplete picture regarding the toxicity (and safety) of GM products consumed by humans and animals.”

Their recommendation?

“Each GM product should be assessed on merit, with appropriate studies performed to indicate the level of safety associated with them. Detailed guidelines should be developed which will allow for the generation of comparable and reproducible studies. This will establish a foundation for evidence-based guidelines, to better determine if GM food is safe for human and animal consumption.”

We couldn’t agree more.

Read the complete synopsis here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160412014002669

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The Future Is Organic – But It’s More Than Organic!

Seeds in hand

In 2010, Dr. E. Ann Clark, a retired Associate Professor from the University of Guelph‘s Plant Agriculture Department in Ontario, Canada, wrote the following paper demonstrating the logic behind organic agriculture as the best choice in a post-oil future.

Think about it: the current agri-food system was designed around the use of fossil fuels—to bring seeds and fertilizers to the farm, to prepare the soil, to seed, fertilize, harvest and deliver the raw crop to central distribution points, to transport the crop to processors / manufacturers, and then to transport the processed food or grain back to grocery stores and end users.

Can this reliance on oil at every step of the agricultural process remain sustainable long-term?

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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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Non-GMO Product Spotlight – Nature’s Path

Natures-PathOne month ago, we decided to start posting regular articles that spotlight organic, GMO-free product manufacturers—with a focus on those that are backed by a healthy dose of integrity, sustainability, and overall do-good-for-the-community. Our first spotlight of outstanding Non-GMO brands was Annie’s Homegrown / Annie’s Naturals. This month, we’d like to spotlight…

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