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Whole Foods Pressured to Label
GE-Tainted Products

NEWS RELEASE
4 April 2002
Shareholders Encourage Whole Foods to Label GE and non-GE Ingredients
Contact: Shelley Alpern, Trillium Investments, (617) 423-6655
http://www.trilliuminvest.com

Last October, a diverse group of shareholders filed a resolution
asking Whole Foods Market to label products sold under the
Whole Foods private labels with respect to genetically
engineered (and non-genetically engineered) ingredients.
The complete text of the resolution is available at:
http://www.iccr.org/products/proxy_book02/environment/label_gef2.htm

In a dialogue with senior management following the filing,
shareholders were told that Whole Foods, Whole Kids and 365 Every Day Value private
label products manufactured after October 1, 2001 no longer contained
genetically engineered ingredients though they are not labeled as
such.

The company's reasons for not labeling these products include the
current unavailability of a widely accepted, accurate testing protocol
for the presence of genetically engineered ingredients and the
economic risk of labeling products prior to an FDA ruling on acceptable
language for labels.

Shareholders urged Whole Foods to consider interim labeling of
product packages and advised management that labeling would
allow Whole Foods to address not only the consumers
desire and right to know about product content but also set an example
for the industry. Moreover, labeling would be to Whole Foods,
competitive advantage by enhancing the company,s reputation.

In place of individual product labeling, Whole Foods agreed to
shareholders' request to increase consumer access to consistent
and clear information throughout their stores and on their website
indicating which of their products do and do not contain genetically
engineered ingredients. In addition shareholders asked that consumer
education efforts regarding genetically engineered foods be
strengthened in its GE brochure, in stores and on the website.

Whole Foods also informed shareholders about its on-going support
for mandatory labeling legislation and for research to establish a
reliable testing protocol to determine whether a product contains
genetically engineered ingredients.

After careful consideration, shareholders withdrew the resolution
upon management,s agreement to:
- increase the visibility of its GE consumer education and lobbying
information in its stores and on its web site;
- improve store-to-store consistency of its consumer education
materials;
- address the issue of re-labeling Bakehouse and Commissary products
(both of which may contain GE) with regard to GE ingredients;
- establish timelines for implementing the above;
- continue to update shareholders on progress regarding all the issues
mentioned and;
- continue a dialogue with shareholders.

Shareholders anticipate that Whole Foods will honor its agreement as
expeditiously as possible and continue to be responsive to shareholder
concerns.

A summary of shareholders' dialogue with Whole Foods was applauded
at the annual stockholders meeting held March 25, 2002 in Ft.
Lauderdale.

Information on socially responsible investing and other shareholder
actions is available through the Interfaith Center on Corporate
Responsibility at http://www.iccr.org/

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