Unraveling the Whole Food Market Monsanto Rumors
THIS IS A SERIES OF PLANT YOUR DREAM BLOGS INTENDED TO HELP THE WHOLE, PURE, NATURAL AND ORGANIC FOOD INDUSTRY BEAT BACK GMOs
THIS SERIES OF PLANT YOUR DREAM BLOGS WILL:
UNRAVEL THE WHOLE FOOD MONSANTO RUMORS
Rumors are flying again. Did Whole Foods Market (WFM) sell out to Monsanto?
Did Monsanto buy Whole Foods Market? Is WMF selling GMOs?
All these rumors are great for business–the business that aims to kill Organic Trade.
Whole Foods Market, as a trend setter for the Supermarket of the future, takes a lot of business away from conventional supermarkets. They have been influencing the development of the modern supermarket for a decade. Their success has increased the interest of many supermarkets to carry organic foods. As a trend setter, they also get a lot of flack within their industry as well as from well meaning Foodies and Peers of non profits who as well want the best for The Future of Food. Clearly, once upon a time, we had many mom and pop health food stores supporting a local economy. Now we have a lot of Whole Foods Markets; the loss of those Mom and Pop stores is something I miss, in spite of having many spiritual experiences shopping in the aisles of WFM; yet WFM, at least my Hillcrest San Diego WFM, in one of the greatest supporters of local foods we have in San Diego. In this series of Plant Your Dream Blogs, I want to look at the latest rumors flying…and give my insights about why I am a Whole Food Market shopper, as well as a member of our local Organic Coop
INTRODUCING ORGANIC HEROES AND HEROINES:
AN INSIDERS LOOK. GET TO KNOW THE LEADERS WHO WILL SECURE A NON GMO FUTURE THROUGH THEIR ORGANIC PRESENCE
Journey with me to the Natural Product Expo West and East 2011 & 2012 right here on the Plant Your Dream Blog. Get to know key Organic Stakeholders as I have seen them through my camera lens for more than a decade; come to know these leaders as caring individuals in a fraternity and sorority of Industry friends giving time, energy, and bucks to foster the public good.
Clearly we are in a Food Emergency. We would like to get the job, returning to true Food Safety and Sanity, yet shooting our sustainability movement in the foot by taking potshots at our own leaders is not sustainable. In this blog series we will separate internet fiction for life realities. We will look disinformation campaigns, and seek to understand the forces at play among those all want the best for the Future of Food.
YOUR JOURNEY STARTS HERE:
THE MORNING PLANT YOUR DREAM BLOG
February 11, 2012
SUCCESSFUL MARKETING STRATEGIES FOR THE MONSANTO CORPORATION INCLUDE PLAYING DIVIDE AND CONQUER
If I were the head of the Monsanto Corporation, and had the money to hire the best college grads and Marketing Giants to ATTEMPT TO TURN BACK the inevitable success of Organic Living and an Organic Uprising on Planet Earth, I would be gleeful right now. I would be writing bonus checks. Their $$$ Opposition –the Organic Movement–in spite calls from its most fervert leaders for Unity, are infighting. Divide and Conquer has been a military strategy since strategy began, and the Monsanto Folks are to be congratulated for being masters of the game, as well as for planting, and taking advantage of seeds of divisiveness within the organic movement itself. I have a lot more to say on this…
AS YOUR ENCHANTED GARDENER I HAVE LOOKED INTO THE EYES OF BOTH MONSANTO LEADERS AND ORGANIC LEADERS
As Your Enchanted Gardener, I am a plant lover. I carry and plant seeds wherever I go. I go nowhere without at least one plant and heirloom seed. I will do anything to help my Mother Earth. If I believed there was a Devil, I would kiss the Devil on the lips, if I could Move Organic Forward! A few years ago, I created a Forum inspired by the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DOSER). I saw DOSER functional at the one of the largest American-based science organizations in the world, the American Association for the Advancement of Science — AAAS. I attended the 176th Annual meeting in San DIego as part of the Press Corps. That group–The Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Food on Facebook (DOSEF) now has near 100 members. The intent of the Facebook Group was inspired by a fated meeting with Dr. Robert Fraley PhD, the father of Roundup Herbicide Technology and Tami Craig Shilling, a chief public information officer for Monsanto. She was with Dr. Fraley when I met him.
The Purpose of Dosef
The Purpose of the Dialogue–DOSEF–is to Lessen the Tension between Organic Lovers and GMO Lovers.
You are welcome to join.
On the day I met Dr Fraley, There were protestors outside the San Diego Convention Center. They did not like him talking there. I knew some of these protesters. I received organic cookies from one of its leaders. She was giving them away and I gave a few away to some of the attendees. I told Dr. Fraley that I felt I could help lessen the tension. I told him I felt I could close the Gap in understanding between GMO and Organic Lovers. He liked what I was saying. He introduced me to his assistant. I had time to ask some questions and make a connection.
My Point of View
My point of view is that if we all talked and truly put on cards fully on the table, we could save The Future of Food. On that day, I planted seeds with Dr. Fraley. They were Organic Seeds. The first watering of those seeds, came hours later with an unexpected mystical rain and other fated meetings that happened throughout the day who also planted seeds in the BioSmart Packaging Pot I brought that was filled with organic compost.
ATTENDING THE AAAS. BIO, AND THE NATURAL PRODUCT EXPO EAST AND WEST (NPEE AND NPEW) HAVE BEEN HIGHLIGHTS OF MY JOURNALISTIC CAREER, AS WELL AS WINNING NATIONAL AWARDS FOR FEATURE WRITING FROM THE HEARST WRITING COMPETITION
That fated meeting with Dr. Fraley was not my first encounter with Genetic Engineering Lovers. When BIO, The Biotechnology International Organization, the lead proponent of Imagining a world of Biotech Ag and Medicine came to San Diego in 2008, I was also part of the Press Corps. At BIO, I recognized that key government leaders and Bio leaders worked hand in hand. Margaret Spelling, then Sec of Education, was a keynote speaker. I ate dinner with more than 1000 high school science teachers tooting the horn for Biotech and teaching genius kids to take apart genes. Many government leaders were banking on Biotech to succeed, and making real estate of our DNA. The success of Moving Organic Forward was a fruit fly in their systemic chemical solution for solving the world’s problems. Years later, in September 2011, I came to see another picture: There were government leaders and government employees who were on the Organic Side and invested in seeing Organic Trade prosper. I knew that if I promoted and helped them, our side would grow. It was on September 20, 2011, speaking before the USDA Organic Listening Day, that I volunteered to become the Enchanted Gardener for the People’s Organic Garden, a project that I see helping to give a million or more youth back their confidence that they can grow food, and grow it organically. That story is yet to unfold and will unfold with your help.
Enlightenment at BIO
Attending BIO was an exciting and enlightening event. The BIO organizers really know how to play. They bought out two whole city blocks of the Gaslamp Quarter. We went from restaurant to restaurant eating GMO food to our heart’s content and little bits of Organic Food. I know there was also organic food offered that night because I brought some–I always do.
The BIO Folks are Good People
I want to make this point. The BIO People are good people. They smile. They love. They have families. They mean well. At Murdock University in Australia you will find the teaching of Permaculture, a very natural system of Ag, being taught right next to Biotech Ag. I took one scientist to WFM and the Farmers’ Market and he had a ball. He join The Beet Keepers, my support system.
The Restaurants of the San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
Some people today might be shocked to know that those restaurants I visited while at BIO 2008, had many GMO tainted food without our knowing it. Most GMO Food today is not Labeled, although our First Lady will not touch the stuff whenever she has choice. George Bush’s wife was no different–her choice was always Organic when the Great Weapons of Mass Destruction Detective lived on at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the current address of the White House Organic Garden. In Spring 2012, we have a chance to get Label GMOs. Read more about GMO Labeling here.
Goodness in Government
There is also goodness in government. There are skilled organic farmers in places of leadership. One such is Mark Lipton, of the USDA, who was given a Leadership Award at the Organic Trade Association Gala September 21, 2012. Other government leaders and employees are hungry for micronutrients to keep the soul connected to the body and it is here literally where I feel I can contribute.
THIS IS A PHOTO WITH MARK LIPSON TAKEN AT THE OTA GALA SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
Earlier in the evening Mark was singled out as one of two men to be honored. The first was Mark Lipson, The second was Michael Funk, of UNFI, a major player in the RIght2Know March.
During his talk, Mark spoke about the Organic Listening Session the Day before at USDA headquarters in Washington. I was stunned and exhilarated to hear Mark bring me up in his talk for reminding him that one of the core essences of the USDA had to do with gardening. This was a profound healing moment for me. I stood up as he spoke about me. Lurrae recorded that on video.
READ MORE ABOUT SUCCESSES ON THE EAST COAST TOUR HERE
BELIEVE ME, MONSANTO STUDIES THE ORGANIC MOVEMENT
Believe me, Monsanto Studies the Organic Movement. They watch our moves. They do not have to work very hard to take us down for the count because we do that for them.
A Gathering I will Never Forget
One of the most exciting gatherings of Organic Industry Leaders took place, March 11, 2011 at the Natural Product Expo West. The room was filled with professional video cameras that put my little Olympus SP00UZ to shame, and yet,tell me, why, at one of the most powerful and inspiring meetings of Organic Leaders on the Planet is this little video I made some of the only footage around that is potential in circulation?????
VIDEO MADE AT THE GMO POLITICAL CHALLENGE SESSION OF THE NATURAL PRODUCT EXPO WEST
WATCH A POWERFUL CALL FROM ORGANIC STAKEHOLDERS
TO TAKE ACTION NOW IN THIS VIDEO
This little video, shot with my Olympus SP-000-UZ on March 11, the day that fukashima happened, is some of the only video to come out of a very historic gathering of Organic Stakeholders at the Natural Product Expo West called GMO Political Challenge. Walt Robb, CO-CEO of Whole Foods Market, led the charge calling for Unity. Many of the so these Organic Stakeholders, who took flake over the past year all spoke out at the GMO Political Challenge Sesseion aiming to put GMO proliferation in its place. These business leaders have committed time, energy, and money over the years to raise up Organic Trade. They are all leaders in the movement to get GMO’s out of our food supply. Their actions, at the December 2010 USDA meeting where co-existence between organic and GMO crops was an issue, has been widely misinterpreted on the internet. Most the infighting stems from hurt feelings about the sad state of our world. and the reality that not enough of us are in community sitting down to truly create an Organic Summit. Pointing the finger at our organic leadership is not the answer. I defend their actions. I am willing to explain to any and all what I see and what I seed for The Organic Future of Food. These men and woman bleed green. They are committed organic leaders and deserve our support.
More photos from The GMO Political Challenge at the Natural Product Expo West 2011 meeting here
FACING OUR GMO POLITICAL CHALLENGE–TOGETHER
At the meeting at the Natural Product Expo West on March 11, 2011, our Organic Leadership was at its best, and make no mistake about that. Over the years, as the lead photographer for both the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and the Organic Center, as well as attending the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) network event, I have had the special privilege to meet many of these former hippies up close. Believe me, the same men and women who are at the source for some of our most popular rumors today that would take down the Organic Movement, ALL bleed green.
These women and men are troopers for the cause. They are some of the best we have on our side. They are our organic heroes and heroines and we, it appears, just to throw compost in their faces every chance we get.
WALT ROBB, WHOLE FOODS MARKET AND DAVID BRONNER WERE AMONG THOSE
GATHERED TO DISCUSS AND MOVE ORGANIC FORWARD AT THE GMO POLITICAL CHALLENGE MEETING
More than 500 gathered at the Natural Product Expo West on March 11, 2012. They heard a message calling for Unity from Walt Robb, Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market. Soon after this meeting, Monsanto and other forces sprung into action. The Unity needs to come together now. In California, bonding together, we can move a measure on the ballot to Label GMOs. That, my friend, is the first step to educating the public about our Food Emergency.
CUTTING TO THE CHASE: BEET KEEPERS, RETURN!
A LOOK AT PROJECTED ENCHANTED GARDEN CAMPAIGNS FOR THE 2012 SEASON
I want to cut to the chase, This is what I see and this is what I am seeding now, as I prepare for the Natural Product Expo West 2012
The Natural Product Expo West each March is my launch each year of the year’s non profit projects. Last year, through the help of sponsors, I had an East Coast Tour that included the Natural Product Expo East, and speaking at the USDA Organic Listening Day in Washington D.C., as well as helping helping to make visible the Unseen War on American Family Farmers through promoting the video, Farmageddon.
These are Enchanted Garden Campaigns I will be promoting and some of the ideas I will be feeding in my 2012 season from March 2012 to March 2013.
Moving Organic Forward is inevitable.
The Ballot measure to Label GMOs in California will gain tremendous support at this year’s Natural Product Expo West. The movement needs money. I want to see use my skill as a member of the Press Corps to make sure that more and more people understand the issues. Monsanto Corps will be spending tons on this measure. I want to see more money come into the California campaign to ensure its success.
Donate here to help Label GMO’s in California
2012 is the Year to Push Monsanto Back
At the GMO Political Challenge Meeting at Natural Product Expo West, Walt Robb called for support of George Kimbrell, of the Center for Food Safety. Look at the list of actions The Center for Food Safety is taking now! (George Kimbrell is featured in our Organic Uprising Video on this page, as is Dave Murphy of Food Democracy now.)
Farmers vs. Monsanto in New York
Meanwhile in New York it is our friend Dave Murphy of Food Democracy Now, working with many others in the case of Farmers vs. Monsanto in court. We can beat Monsanto back on many fronts in 2012. This is the year to do this.
The Organic Center and Other Groups have given us all the Science we need to move Organic Forward.
LESLIE, THE ORGANIC CENTER’S ANNIE BROWN AND ALLY AT THE OTA AWARDS GALA BALTIMORE
The Organic Center and lead scientist Chuck Benbrook have the information to win the Dialogue, of Science, Ethics, and Food.
For Science reports from the Organic Center Go Here
Serious Science, Serious Benefits was made by the Organic Center
This video was part of the Organic Center Mission Organic Campaign. Narrated by Sara Snow, daughter of organic foods pioneer Tim Redmond. The video had eight of my photos. They were a gift to the Organic Center. In years past, I was the main photographer for both the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and the Organic Center and have given them use of my photos for their projects.
ORGANIC HEROES AND HEROINES I KNOW
THE GARY HIRSHBERG I KNOW
GARY HIRSHBERG IN HIS OWN WORDS
JUST EAT ORGANIC!
Gary Hirshberg was one of the organic stakeholders who participated in the December 2012 meeting of the USDA in Washington D.C. Gary is a deep promoter of GMO labeling and getting GMO’s out of our food supply. He is also featured in the Video I made at the Natural Product Expo West, March 11, 2011.
THE KELLY SHEA I KNOW
In this video made on March 11, 2011, Kelly Shea of Horizon Organic is speaking at the Jeffrey Smith, Seeds of Deception session at The Natural Product Expo West. She mentions her own work with GMO advocacy over the years, and the support she was able to give Jeffrey Smith at headquarters at White Wave. When it was time for me to gain my national voice in Sustainable Agriculture, Kelly helped get me to the Organic Summit in Baltimore.
KELLY SHEA HELPED LAUNCH ORGANIC UPRISING AT NPEW 2011
I am grateful to many Organic Leaders–called our Stakeholders–for Sponsoring and hearing me.
I am here to serve and serve my purpose.
LOOKING AHEAD: ON STAGE AT THE AAAS
One day, with your help, I will be the MC at the AAAS on the Political Challenge Facing GMOs. We will turn the tide. We will claim the tipping point in favor of each of us being an Organic Uprising!
WE ARE HERE TO WIN THIS. I KNOW WE WILL DO IT
We are here to win this, and I know we will do it.
Your Enchanted Gardener
24 days before the Natural Product Expo West
HOME PROJECTS AT THE ENCHANTED GARDEN INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY
TAKING A STAND ON ROUNDUP HERBICIDE COMING INTO MY OWN BACKYARD
Arundo Donax Review…Is this plant really our enemy??
BIG PHARMA IN MY OWN HOUSE
LESLIE AT THORNTON HOSPITAL 2001
I know what it has been to be lay in a hospital bed crippled.
I am grateful for Western Meds and I am proud to say that I was able to go from Morphine to Boiron Arnica when I had hip revisions.
BOIRON SETS OUT TO HELP HUNTER PATCH ADAMS
GROUNDING THE HOUSEMATES AT HOME
CREATING AN URBAN FARM AT HOME AND REACHING OUT TO MY NEIGHBORS
JOIN ME AT THE THIRD ANNUAL ORGANIC DAYS AT DOWNTOWN DISNEY
Meet outside the Jamba Juice to order an organic wheatgrass at noon the day after the Expo, March 12, 2012.
PLANTS WITH ME AT THE NATURAL PRODUCT EXPO WEST 2012
Free Kamut seeds and gifts from the NPEW!
SOURCES I WILL LOOK AT TO UNDERSTAND THE WHOLE FOODS MONSANTO RUMORS
MY LINK–REGISTER HERE TO HELP
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ADD THESE PHOTOS
Dave Murphy and Leslie
George Kimbrell and Walt Robb
My photo from USDA…
THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT
RETURNING TO THE FUTURE I KNEW
The threat of Roundup coming into my backyard near kicked my butt…
more to say later….on this Blog…this needs more work!
February 13, 2012
LINKS OF INTEREST
Sara Snow on Facebook
The OTA on Facebook
The Organic Center on Facebook
The Organic Farming Research Foundation on Facebook
Beyond Pesticides on Facebook
Stoneyfield Farm on Facebook
Horizon Organic on Facebook
INSPIRATIONS AND MOTIVATORS I LIKE ON FACEBOOK
Mark Victor Hansen on Facebook
Cynthia Kersey on Facebook
Lynn Rose on Facebook
April 7, 2012
How Whole Foods Market influenced Body Care Going Organic
But because the USDA didn’t (and doesn’t) have any rules preventing personal-care brands from calling their products organic or natural by whatever standards they chose to follow, pseudo-organic brands were able to undercut Dr. Bronner’s. The battle effectively ended when Whole Foods stepped in and gave the offending companies an ultimatum: Clean up your act within 12 months, or you’re out of our stores.
Whole Foods Market Blog on GMOs April 2010
Lots of interesting comments.