Skip to comments.Whole Foods CEO's Health Care Views Provoke Some Customers to Boycott Store (CORPORATE VAMPIRES!)
Posted on 08/15/2009 6:49:29 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
Protesters are hoping a boycott will cut into the success of Whole Foods, the 10th largest food and drug store in the U.S., which reported sales of $1.8 billion for last quarter, a 2 percent increase from the previous quarter.
Calls to boycott Whole Foods Market are growing louder and more sophisticated following a Wall Street Journal opinion article by the company's chief executive, John Mackey, in which he criticized President Obama's health care plan and offered his own alternative.
Mackey's article first prompted individuals to threaten taking their business elsewhere. But now the Progressive Review, an online alternative publication, is calling for a formal boycott, and campaigns are popping up all over, including on Facebook, a popular online social networking site.
Protesters are hoping a boycott will cut into the success of Whole Foods, the 10th largest food and drug store in the U.S., which reported sales of $1.8 billion for the last quarter, a 2 percent increase from the previous quarter.
As of Saturday, the Whole Foods Internet forum had more than 4,000 postings. One commenter thanked http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/forums/index.php for revealing his political views.
"While it was a horrible business move, it was a great courtesy," a commenter identified as boycottwf wrote. "Now, I know that my dollars spent at whole foods are going to fund your misguided conservative views."
The commenter added, "Until you publically apologize to the nation and pledge that you will provide better benefits to your employees, I will not spend another dime at your store."
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...
WSJ articleMackey offers up eight reforms that would greatly lower the cost of health care for everyone:
Mackey's opinion article started with a quote from former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher: "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."
Mackey: "A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. Thats because there isnt any. This right has never existed in America."
"Leave Whole foods my family will be there to pick up the slack," says: Organicmomof4 to boycotters.
Crime of the Century!! Thinking for himself like that, no wonder the media have harped all over this story
I'd feel a smidge better knowing this was true. : )
Gutsey move Mr. Mackey!
We need honesty.
Have one really close by the office. Maybe I should walk over there for lunch.
i read the wsj article and thought that he had good points.
Well, if this turns out to be true, I will go to Whole Foods to do all my grocery shopping—even with the hippies and weirdos who work there.
You can, for example: read the linked op-ed piece that is the subject of this post.
This has been posted here so many times that I would say that this is the real deal.
I went into Whole Foods today and bought a few things. I left a comment supporting their CEO on my way out.
We neutralized one protester today by shopping at a Whole Foods.
They really have quality items, not cheap though.
Another thing one can do is register on the Whole Foods forum and post in support of Mr. Mackey.
We stop there regularly to get bread, cookies and pastries which are otherwise simply not available to folks with a wheat problem.
I'm glad the owner shares my politics. We will shop there more often!
I shop about half the time at Whole Foods and I have been feeling guilty because I thought I was supporting a liberal. I feel better now.
I shop at Whole Foods because they have great stuff that I can’t find elsewhere, and it’s a GREAT place to watch people. Now I have a third reason to shop there!
Hos having conservative views aren’t even close to making me buy or eat organic garbage!
I was busy donating monthly and for the drive. Try it some time! Cheers, meu amigo...: )
I can be snarky, too!
Me too...goodbye Walmart, HELLO Whole Foods.
However I will shop there this week when I am in their WF area. They have great pizza as well--caprese!
Obama will just chase all PRODUCTIVE business out of America to Switzerland (adjustable taxes) or some other county...then we will be truly an International community. It will not matter where we live anymore. Over the century people have traveled to work in their profession. Very few still live in the town/city of which they were born. Jobs took them further into America. Now jobs will take them further overseas..bound to happen NAFTA at some point. It would be the SELL OUT OF OUR FREEDOMS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA UNDER THE INEXPERIENCE OBAMA..an empty suit, a pensioner going shopping, and a California Granny.
We don’t go to Whole Foods. It’s full of aging hippies and the Birkenstock crowd, and the store and the people both smell bad. Plus the food is outrageously overpriced.
Safeway is lots better.
I’d like to support whole foods, but I really can’t see paying $5 for a head of lettuce.
Contrary to popular belief, there are many conservative and libertarian types that shop at the Whole Foods. I am glad to hear about this "boycott" because it will help raise awareness and drive additional business to the store.
It will be very rewarding to see that this "liberal" boycott actually results in increased business at the Whole Foods!
However I do not buy recycled paper towels,etc..fall apart..I do not buy the organic detergents as even got a rash and never had a rash in my life but for two times..in the diaper and eating too much lobster in one sitting. Much of organic is overpriced..but then again you buy fresh and what's wrong with fresh?
I support local farmers, growers as they sell to WF as do other local small business entrepreneurs-toothpaste Tom's of Maine, flowers locally grown, icecream Giffords, candy..etc
This is a list of the top stores in the US.
2. Trader Joes
..the newer Hannafords are where I get things on a more timely basis..
That's funny. Only a few weeks ago, the libtards were on Trader Joe's case for importing hummus and couscous from Israel.
I shop at both Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, and I see libtards at both (one of the Whole Foods outlets I patronize is located in the People's Republic of Cambridge). However, the libtards at Trader Joe's are definitely smellier.
I can’t afford to shop at Whole Foods regularly, but I like going there every now and then, particularly for the essential oils, candles and beauty products. It’s also a good place to get cheese with non-animal rennet.
don’t. Shop around and see what works. I like the whole bean coffee and they have great spices and low cholesterol foods for my wife as well as a lot of soy based products that my daughter needs. They also have the best prepared foods in any store.
I have shopped there since they moved into Arlington VA and I don’t regret it but you have to be selective because no head of lettuce is worth $5.
Safeway is lots better.
In my experience, their prices are competitive with the likes of Safeway and Stop & Shop and the rest. However, you still end up spending more there, because they are so much better at merchandising. It's the secret to their competitiveness (although having an intelligently constructed health care plan for their employees doesn't hurt, either).
Whole Foods has great stuff but I have always been a little reluctant to shop there because I thought they were in the Ben and Jerry’s Marxist mold. Apparently not.
So now I’ll feel good about shopping there. The “hippies and weirdos” who work there are generally very nice, or at least in my experience, but I was always worried about where my dollars were going. At least it doesn’t sound like they’re going directly to Obama Central (anymore, that is).
So, do you think that the lefties placed Whole foods on their list of boycotting Glen Beck was their way of making us boycott Whole foods as well?
Which is it? Are they against Obamacare or are they boycotting Beck? Are they doing both? This is very confusing!
I want to support them for being against Obamacare and I want to boycott them for taking advertisement away from Beck....
We live about sixty miles away from the Reno, Nevada store. Sweet Hubby and I shop at Whole twice a month for produce and baked goods. Their bread is excellent, and unpolluted by soy flour or soy oil.
Read his column at the WSJ link in Post #1. It is excellent.
Whole Foods is pricy, but I do love the great chicken salad.
We need to support Mackey.
Thanks for the common sense about ObamaCare & socialism...
John Mackey adds some great points to the debate.
I went shopping at Whole Foods today and left an encouraging note on their bulliten board for him.
Where did you get the idea that Whole Foods is boycotting Glen Beck?
Here’s a list of Beck’s advertisers, both those who have withdrawn and those who are still buying airtime:
You’re apparently confusing two issues: the companies who have yanked ads from Beck’s program, and the president of Whole Foods, who wrote a column criticizing Obamacare and offering rational alternatives.
We need to:
— support Mackey/Whole Foods (and tell them why),
— support those who continue to advertise with Beck (and tell them why)
— boycott those who have withdrawn from Beck (and tell them why).
It’s either going to be raised with chemical fertalizer after soil analysis to properly prepare the soil for the particular crop and kept bugfree with pesticides or i’m not eating it!
i’ll continue to drink my 5 gallons of whole milk from the supermarkwt per week that has been homoganized and pasturized. I had all the low fat i’ll ever drink in the 40s when my mother used to skim the fat off and leave the crap for us!
Thanks for clarifying that! I definitely was not confusing two issues. It was stated in many instances on another thread about advertisers pulling from Beck - I know it was Whole foods that was mentioned since my neighbor works there and I thought this was not good news for me.
If I see someone state it again, I will denounce them and send them to your link. Thanks for the link!
I read the WSJ piece and thought it made a lot of sense. I’ll make a point of stopping at Whole Paycheck soon and help offset the leftie boycott. I like their selection of cheeses and can always find something I like. We belong to a local CSA farm, so we already have excellent local produce without shopping for it at a grocery.
In my experience, I have much less wastage with produce from Whole Foods. The problem with stores like Smiths and Safeway is their over spraying of much of their produce. Last Tuesday Sweet Hubby purchased a head of iceberg at Smiths because he thought we were out of lettuce. When he cut it open he discovered that the middle was brown and squishy. The lettuce had been over watered. So I searched the depth of our over-size Amana and came up with a two week old head of iceberg (in a brown paper bag)from Whole Foods.
Libs think that the Constitution and all Rights within are only for: Liberals, illegals, and terrorists.
We called that milk “bluejohn” because of its bluish tint after the cream rose to the top and was removed.
But I don’t feel too sorry for you having to drink skim milk. It was healthy — and I’ll bet your mom used the cream to make fresh butter and other goodies. Mine did.
She did but if I got to it first i shook it up and drank the first quart on the spot!
Organic is all bullshit... But if you scream that at the Farmer’s markets, you’ll be shot.
A few years back, I think it was John Stossel that did a special with the CEO of Whole Foods. The guy is a libertarian, I believe, and that is partly because of the initial failures he faced when trying to run a socialist collective type of store.
It didn’t surprise me at all to see that op ed. It’s funny that now progressives would be upset—for one, they don’t see the connection between the policies he proposed and his general success as a business. Two, I think it’s funny no one saw the Stossel segment-—which was about health care, by the way.
Thanks for the idea. I wrote in my support of Mackey.