Skip to comments.Whole-Grain Health Reform
Posted on 08/19/2009 9:38:51 AM PDT by La Lydia
Now is the time for all good capitalists to shop at Whole Foods. Not only will you get great produce, fresh meat, fish and healthy to-go meals, but you'll irritate those who think that President Obama's health-care plan isn't quite progressive enough. John Mackey, co-founder and chief executive of Whole Foods Market -- green missionary and exemplar of corporate compassion -- has riled hard-core reformers by endorsing free-market principles over government-managed health care.
Well, knock me over with a wakame frond. (That's seaweed for you tofu-averse.) ...If you're unlucky enough to live in a city without a Whole Foods store, you may not be able to fully appreciate the deliciousness of this food fight. When it comes to corporate responsibility, Mackey's company's core values read like a Happy Face Manifesto, pledging allegiance to sustainability, caring about our communities and environment, even "delighting our customers." But also -- brace yourself -- "creating wealth through profits & growth."
Is there room in a post-compassionate-conservative nation for a caring capitalist? Whole Foods...is what we used to call a "health food store," though Mackey's creation feels relatively mainstream compared to the early granola boutiques that made you feel like you have to assume the lotus position to gain entrance...
"Comprehensive" may be the scariest word in the English language when it tumbles from the lips of a politician. Instead of trying to revamp every aspect of the health-care system, Congress should follow Mackey's lead and tackle a few fixable problems with consensus and support from Americans, who, though frustrated with the status quo, aren't quite ready to surrender self-determination.
Mackey's ideas aren't necessarily the only route, but they offer a path that is pro-market, pro-individual and pro-choice -- all concepts that are organic to America and, like spinach, good for you.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
Nitwit Parker trying to find the middle ground.
Wasn’t there another thread this past week asking FREEPERS TO BOYCOTT WHOLE FOODS??
I read Mr. Mackey’s WSJ editorial. I was indeed pleasantly surprised. A wealthy capitalist who actually believes in capitalism for everyone! A health food missionary who does not believe in diet coercion! I also noted the WSJ editorial blurb of yesterday that pointed out the nutroots rage against Mackey as an apostate.
Call me a “crunchy con” if you must, but I think a goodly proportion of health nutz are libertarian by nature. For those of you who swing that way, you’ll understand that nutritional supplements, organic food and alternative health treatments have been under continual siege by medical/agricultural/industrial complex for decades in a similar manner to gun rights or property rights.
Furthermore, a great many leftist arugula-eaters will fight rather than let Obama take away their food and healthcare options.
Strange bedfellows but potential allies nonetheless.
“Wasnt there another thread this past week asking FREEPERS TO BOYCOTT WHOLE FOODS??”
The ones I saw here were pro-Mackey. I certainly am pro-Mackey. There were irritated liberals who wanted to boycott the stores. Dumbasses for sure.
I’m going to shop there, in spite of Kathleen Parker.
Twice a day...
That’s what I thought. But I loved the line about having to assume the lotus position to enter a granola boutique. Physically impossible.
Safeway grocery stores and WalMart are also BIG proponents of Health Savings Accounts, wellness and other private market solutions.
Note that nearly all HSA eligible plans cover preventive care visits and tests at 100%, with NO deductible or co-pay. They also usually have very good web based wellness programs, and deep (70% or more) drug and vision discounts.
These plans are what the government wants to engineer by mandate and a lot of your money. Yet, the market came up with them all by itself.
There should be a “no post” rule for Kathleen Parker’s boring articles - like this one. Perhaps we could have a “boring alert” tag.
They are nice stores and their cheese selection is fantastic, but they are spendy!
I usually don’t like her either. But this is one of her better efforts. If you don’t like her, instead of demanding censorship, how’s about you JUST DON’T BOTHER TO READ IT?
From one crunchy con to another, I agree.
Who wrote this blatant commercial? And is Wholefoods the only health food store? C’moooon!
I don’t know of any other chains of whole foods supermarkets, at least not on the East Coast. There used to be a very good chain, Wild Oats, but I think Whole Foods bought them.
” dont know of any other chains of whole foods supermarkets, at least not on the East Coast.”
So it’s a local problem.
As for it being a local problem, the reason Mackey's WSJ article had so much impact is that his chain is large, operates in many states, and insures all of its employees. So no, the Whole Foods boycott isn't just local.
Oh no, never censor Kathleen Parker - she’s too much fun to poke at! It’s just that only her incendiary and bigoted columns should be posted. The boring ones will put people to sleep - hence the need for a “Boring Alert”.
I wasn’t the one who wanted to censor her. She is the Post’s idea of a “conservative.”
Hey, you accused ME of wanting to censor her and I never did such a thing. We should, however, label her and add either a “barf alert” when she says something incendiary or “Boring Alert” when she mumbles dully.
How else am I supposed to interpret “There should be a no post rule for Kathleen Parkers boring article”? A no-post rule means her column is not allowed, that is, it is censored. I do plead guilty for omitting to post a barf alert.
Sorry to you for my original post. I meant there should be some form of descriptive post for Kathleen Parker’s articles. Either “Barf Alert” or “Boring Alert” and, for the record, I have a small garden in my back yard with over 11 trees that I planted myself. I’m green, just not red on the inside, you know what I mean?
Ooooh. What kind of trees? The only productive tree that grows where I live is a fig. Where I grew up, we had lemon, orange, apricot, cherry and avocado trees in the yard. I loved those trees and no fruit has ever tasted as good.
The garden is already producing really great tomatoes and green bell peppers. I have one peach tree - the fruit is still too small, and two apple trees that need another six to nine years or maybe less to produce apples. The rest of the trees are maples, oak and evergreens.
These were trees I planted after buying a new construction home. About four trees died in the first year. So, the total trees planted is 15.
I had just remembered a thread and the word boycott associated with Whole Foods...thanks.
Congress already passed FOOD SAFETY ACT of 2009, that allows corporations to grow foods, and limits our right to grow our own organic foods..several months ago, and there was not enough concern on FR about it. There should have been a huge protest against the bill.
Guess what? Just yesterday my wife picked out four more trees to plant!
What kind? Fruit? I have been thinking about attempting a tree peony. No fruit, but they are beautiful. Am trying to figure out if they will grow here. My regular peonies do very well.
Where do you live? I’m in southern Illinois and the four trees are of the “Evergreen” family - they will provide a lot of privacy... And they smell great and in the winter we’ll probably dress them up like Christmas trees.
Northern Virginia. I have some lovely pines behind my deck. When I sit in the room that opens out to the deck with the french doors open, that wonderful fragrance wafts in. It is one of the most beautiful and oddly calming aromas in the world.
We have one in Raleigh, it is an NC chain. They have stores in NC, SC, GA and TN.
Looks nice. I liked the tone of their website. Next time I’m in the area I will check them out.