• New Food Paradigm: Whole Foods ‘Responsibly Grown’ Rating Signals

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    Too much of America is now controlled by the vast agro-chemical industry, poisoning us and our environment with genetically modified crops, fueled by corporate greed and manipulation. This has come with many well documented harmful effects on our health as well as the devastation of many species including bees, birds and butterflies.

    After knocking Whole Foods around in some past articles, credit needs to be given where credit is due for the time being. Their latest release of the ‘Whole Foods Market Responsibly Grown Rating System' is an honest attempt at cleaning up many areas of our food supply that have gone badly astray.

    “After three years of research and planning, Responsibly Grown is the result of our collaboration with suppliers, scientists and issue experts to continue our strong commitment to organic, while embracing additional important topics and growing practices in agriculture today,” said Matt Rogers, global produce coordinator at Whole Foods Market. “We are excited to broaden the conversation to recognize additional growing practices and drive more transparency in the industry.”

    One has to wonder if actions of independent food activists has finally had an impact on corporate decision making. Could it be that Whole Foods is reacting to Mike Adams, The Health …

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