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Whole Foods Organic, Made in China: A Problem? (VIDEO)

Many Whole Foods organic products come from China. Does that make you question the "organic" legitimacy?

UPDATE: A detailed response from Whole Foods has been added to this article since its initial publication. 

STORY: Davis will soon have a   in late 2011.

Whole Foods is the "world's largest retailer of natural and organic foods," but an ABC report currently making the Internet rounds challenges the grocery store’s legitimacy as a seller of organic products. It’s not a new controversy for Whole Foods, as you can see on DavisWiki

“Much of Whole Foods organics are imported from China,” says a correspondent on the news report above. “Organic ensures pesticide free, environmentally friendly conditions, but how do we even know the food is organic?”

The ABC news report challenges the idea that China’s organically produced food meets standards held by the USDA. 

Whole Foods has responded to the video on their blog in a post called "Dispelling Rumors: Organics From China." Here's part of the response: 

The story, which first aired on ABC affiliate WJLA in 2008, paints the picture that organics from China are not possible. This is simply not true. Any product labeled as organic, whether it is grown in the US or any other country in the world, must meet US organic standards. At the time the story aired we debunked its inaccuracies point-by-point right here on our blog.

The blog makes the important point that the USDA still must certify organic products, even if they came from another country. 

We when the Whole Foods was announced. 53 percent of Davis Patch voters said they do want the store to come to town. 41 percent said no, and 5 percent were undecided. . 

Watch the full report to see what Whole Foods customers had to say, and tell us below what you think about the store that will soon come to downtown Davis.

Will you shop there, or not? Does this report change your stance in any way, or are you unbothered? 

Libba Letton March 22, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Hi, Libba Letton from Whole Foods Market here. I have a son who's almost as old as this story! First aired in May 2008, it is misleading and inaccurate. Most recently we responded to this issue on our blog: http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/2012/03/dispelling-rumors-organics-from-china/.
Justin Cox (Editor) March 22, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Thanks, Libba. I just added some clarification and noted that changes were made to the story. I also linked to the Whole Foods blog. Thanks for giving the report some needed context. I appreciate it. Also, say hi to your son!
Cathy V March 22, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Hi Justin. We need to cut down on needless shipping. I believe in buying as local as possible. Often at the farmer's market. ALWAYS within the US. The exception to that is a few times a year I buy bananas, pineapple or mangos. Do you really think the "USDA accredited certifier" in every country is always doing their job? The certifier checks farms once in a while, but do the farms comply once the certifier is out of sight? I have had chinese students in my lab that purchase infant formula and vitamins for their family when they take trips home because they openly admit that they don't trust food security in their country. I like many products that whole foods carries, but ALWAYS READ THE LABEL and buy US food.
LISA December 05, 2012 at 11:37 AM
WELL HERE IS A MORE UPDATED ONE FOR YOU!!!! OLD OR NOT THE TRUTH IS THE TRUTH! http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-21/whole-foods-lawsuit-over-chinese-frozen-vegetables-can-proceed-in-florida.html
LISA December 05, 2012 at 11:43 AM
WELL HERE IS A MORE UPDATED ONE FOR YOU!!!! OLD OR NOT THE TRUTH IS THE TRUTH! http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-21/whole-foods-lawsuit-over-chinese-frozen-vegetables-can-proceed-in-florida.html AND HERE IS ANOTHER ... WELL HERE IS A MORE UPDATED ONE FOR YOU!!!! OLD OR NOT THE TRUTH IS THE TRUTH! http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-21/whole-foods-lawsuit-over-chinese-frozen-vegetables-can-proceed-in-florida.html
LISA December 05, 2012 at 11:44 AM
HERE IS ANOTHER !!! http://www.sott.net/article/245508-Whole-Foods-organic-comes-from-China THERE ARE TAPES ...NEWS REPORTS ALL OVER THE INTERNET! I AM GONE WITH YOU MONSTERS! SHAME ON YOU ALL!
LISA December 05, 2012 at 11:46 AM
WHO IN THERE RIGHT MIND WOULD BUY FOOD FROM CHINA?! ALL THERE PRODUCTS ARE CONTAMINATED AND ITS THE GREED OF AMERICANS THAT ARE KILLING ITS OWN PEOPLE ... I GUESS ITS KARMA FOR ALL THE EVIL WE DO ALL OVER THE WORLD AND HERE .... THE CHICKENS ARE COMING HOME TO ROUSE!

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