So, for those of you who have not heard already, (I saw it in the news online in Febuary, so you might have too) something big has happened over at Whole Foods Market headquarters, and it sucks. Really sucks. Read about it here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_22449.cfm
What I got out of the article is that the CEOs of WFM and Stonyfield are personal friends of USDA Secretary (and former Iowa Governor) Tom Vilsack, who is a bigtime advocate of the biotech industry, and seems to be in Monsanto's pocket (he used their corporate jet while campaigning.) Thus, the surrender to "coexistence" between the corporations, which basically gives Monsanto the green light to contaminate anything not labeled "organic" with its insidious GMOs.
Not that this hasn't been happening already: according to the article, "Approximately 2/3 of the products sold by Whole Foods Market (WFM) and their main distributor, United Natural Foods (UNFI) are not certified organic, but rather are conventional (chemical-intensive and GMO-tainted) foods and products disguised as 'natural.' "
This means that under the current laws and method of labeling, the only way you can be certain that there are no GMOs in your food is if the food in question is "certified organic." However, because there has been little regulation of GMO crops and no laws requiring that foods with GMOs are labeled as such, WFM has been selling their GMO-infested "natural" products at inflated organic prices, and has been relying on the fact that the public has not been educated as to what the difference is between the two. The call for "coexistence" between WFM and Monsanto is simply confirmation that WFM has abandoned the organic movement altogether, because there's not enough money in it. But, there IS money to be had in letting the public believe that WFM is still completely on the organic bandwagon, hence the "cleverly worded but profoundly misleading email sent to it's customers" at the time of this decision: http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/2011/01/urgent-action-needed-to-support-organics-and-non-ge-crops/
Reading the email, WFM is supposedly against the deregulation of GMOs, but if you look closely, they are rallying for "conditional deregulation," as opposed to "full deregulation," presumably because it is the lesser of the two evils. This gives the message that "resistance is futile" and that WFM is unwilling to fight at all, but will happily lay down and let themselves be "assimilated" by the agribusiness they were trying to distance and distinguish themselves from. What a crock of shit.
If you want to get involved, or just find out more about how bad GMOs and Monsanto are, click here:
http://www.organicconsumers.org/monsanto/index.cfm although eventually I will write another post on just how purely and completely evil and wrong Monsanto is, because it goes a lot deeper than just GMOs. Feel free to do your own research of course, and please drop me an email and/or comment on anything that you discover or think about all of this.