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  • Brominated vegetable oil can be a real no-no

    11/24/2014 1:08:31 PM PST · by John David Powell · 31 replies
    Newsfix ^ | 11/14/14
    Ever notice how people wear breathing masks and other protective gear when handling pesticides? That’s because you do not want to get this stuff on ya or in ya. Trust us. This stuff is aimed to kill. So why, then, until just recently were soft drink makers putting it in their products? Ok, to be fair, they were using brominated vegetable oil. BVO is an emulsifier. In other words, it distributes all of those fake flavors so we don’t have to shake the bottle. But like the sign says, studies suggest BVO hinders brain development, reduces fertility, and could cause...
  • Streisand-Backed Measure to Block Whole Foods Wins in Malibu

    11/05/2014 4:45:57 PM PST · by rktman · 106 replies ^ | 11/5/2014 | unknown
    The ballot item, Measure R, spearheaded by actor, director and producer Rob Reiner and backed by entertainment-industry figures including Barbra Streisand, Tom Hanks and David Geffen, passed with 59 percent of the vote, according to election results released today.
  • Revealed: How much more Whole Foods is REALLY costing you

    09/24/2014 6:35:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 61 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Septeber 24, 2014 | Ashley Collman
    It's no secret that Whole Foods isn't the most cost-friendly of grocery stores, but a new survey shows just how much more customers pay at the natural food retailer compared to other regional supermarkets. New York investment firm Wolfe Research recently did a study, comparing baskets of groceries at the upscale organic market to other stores across the nation and confirmed that tags at Whole Foods are through the roof. In one instance, Wolfe totaled 60-72 items at Whole Foods and then compared them to prices for the same exact products at Houston's HEB, a Mariano's grocery store in Chicago,...
  • Bunny Food Controversy Grips the Nation as Whole Foods Takes Fire in Vegan Activist World

    08/24/2014 11:30:10 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 68 replies
    ijreview ^ | August 24, 2014 | Michael Hausam
    Whole Foods Market has been selling rabbit meat for a few months in Northern California and Washington, D.C., but it hasn’t been an easy process. Nor has it been without controversy, according to a recent Fox News report. When it first offered rabbit meat, the grocery store chain issued a press release carefully explaining why it took four years to set up an acceptable production process as well as its own set of standards: Take into account that rabbits are social creatures. Require living conditions with continuous access to water, food, and other necessary items. Treat injured animals. Careful breeding...
  • The 3 Dumbest Things About Whole Foods Market

    08/19/2014 10:43:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 96 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 18, 2014 | Steven Salzberg
    I have a love-hate relationship with Whole Foods Market. On the one hand, I love their fresh produce, their baked goods, and many other food choices there. On the other hand, they have embraced anti-science positions in the interest of keeping everything "natural."
  • Live Maggots Found in Whole Foods Meat Case, Health Officials Say They’re Not Moving Fast Enough ..

    04/30/2014 6:50:22 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 68 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 30, 2014 | Will Lerner
    Maggots found in Whole Foods meat case, health officials say they’re not moving fast enough to fix the problem Whole Foods claims to be “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store,” and that they, “maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry.” Such claims might start to be questioned, however, after a disgusting discovery at one of their San Francisco locations on Monday, April 21. Last week, KRON 4 News exclusively reported that maggots were found in a meat case. Now, KRON 4 News is reporting that the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) claims Whole Foods hasn’t worked quickly enough to...
  • Whole Foods Quackery

    04/29/2014 8:03:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Above the Market ^ | 04/29/2014
    Fortune has a puff piece out on Whole Foods Market (WFM, a stock in which I have no interest and no intended interest), the up-scale purveyor of excellent prepared food, overpriced groceries with multiple claimed but unsubstantiated benefits, phony health remedies, and the oxymoronic concept of “healthy indulgence.” It made its reputation by pushing healthier living and selling food that doesn’t contain the pesticides and additives that are often staples of “regular” food.The Whole Foods approach has worked in that its share price is up about 12-fold since its November 2008 recession-era low versus 130 percent for the S&P 500...
  • Whole Foods: America’s Temple of Pseudoscience

    02/24/2014 7:41:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 02/24/2014 | Michael Schulson
    Americans get riled up about creationists and climate change deniers, but lap up the quasi-religious snake oil at Whole Foods. It’s all pseudoscience—so why are some kinds of pseudoscience more equal than others? If you want to write about spiritually-motivated pseudoscience in America, you head to the Creation Museum in Kentucky. It’s like a Law of Journalism. The museum has inspired hundreds of book chapters and articles (some of them, admittedly, mine) since it opened up in 2007. The place is like media magnet. And our nation’s liberal, coastal journalists are so many piles of iron fillings. But you don’t...
  • Whole Foods CEO: Obamacare Is Hurting Our Employees

    12/18/2013 6:54:25 PM PST · by markomalley · 37 replies
    Whole Foods CEO John Mackey spoke with Fox News’ Stuart Varney Wednesday to discuss the negative impact Obamacare is having on the health food retailer. Mackey told Varney that Whole Foods, which has been in business for 35 years and employees 80,000 workers, is being hit hard by Obamacare. “It’s raising our costs…We’ll have to cover things that are expensive that we may not want to cover, our team members may not want to have covered,” Mackey said. He explained that that costs will be raised, which could either depress wage increases or the corporation will be forced to pass...
  • Major Grocer to Label Foods With Gene-Modified Content[Whole Foods]

    03/12/2013 9:28:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 08 Mar 2013 | STEPHANIE STROM
    Whole Foods Market, the grocery chain, on Friday became the first retailer in the United States to require labeling of all genetically modified foods sold in its stores, a move that some experts said could radically alter the food industry. A. C. Gallo, president of Whole Foods, said the new labeling requirement, to be in place within five years, came in response to consumer demand. “We’ve seen how our customers have responded to the products we do have labeled,” Mr. Gallo said. “Some of our manufacturers say they’ve seen a 15 percent increase in sales of products they have labeled.”...
  • Whole Foods' Chicken Ad Featuring Obama Outrages Neighbors

    02/21/2013 2:21:00 PM PST · by null and void · 21 replies
    NBC 4 New York ^ | Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 | Pei-Sze Cheng
    The supermarket took down the sign after shoppers complained it was offensive Some Whole Foods customers are complaining about a sign featuring the president that advertises a sale on chicken. A Whole Foods supermarket in New York has removed a sign that used a drawing of President Barack Obama to advertise a sale on chicken after complaints that the ad was offensive. The sign outside the supermarket on Manhattan's Upper West Side, featuring an apparent caricature of Obama advertising an upcoming sale on whole organic chickens, outraged neighbor Woody Henderson. "There are certain things that have been used to put...
  • Is Obamacare Socialism or Fascism?

    01/22/2013 6:48:38 AM PST · by Mozilla · 28 replies
    america spectator ^ | 1.18.13 | David carton
    It seemed that the grocery chain’s CEO, John Mackey, was that elusive creature for whom Diogenes searched so fruitlessly — an honest man. Mackey is currently promoting his new book, Conscious Capitalism, and has therefore subjected himself to a series of media interviews, including one recently broadcast on NPR. During that interview, he was asked if his opinion of Obamacare had changed since he wrote, in the Wall Street Journal, “All countries with socialized medicine ration health care by forcing their citizens to wait in lines to receive scarce treatments.” He answered as follows: “Technically speaking, it’s more like fascism....
  • Whole Foods CEO says Obama healthcare law is 'more like fascism'

    01/16/2013 10:24:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/16/2013 | Elise Viebeck
    The CEO of Whole Foods Market said President Obama's healthcare law is more like "fascism" than "socialism," a parallel he drew in 2009, to some backlash. John Mackey made the remark in an interview Wednesday with NPR. "Technically speaking, it's more like fascism," Mackey said of the Affordable Care Act. "Socialism is where the government owns the means of production. In fascism, the government doesn't own the means of production, but they do control it, and that's what's happening with our healthcare programs and these reforms." The term "fascism" was first used to describe the right-wing regime of Italian leader...
  • $4.2 million in tax incentives brings Whole Foods to depressed downtown Detroit

    05/21/2012 8:58:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 60 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 18, 2012 | Melissa Quinn
    Michigan politicians met in downtown Detroit on May 14 to break ground on a new Whole Foods Market with hopes of boosting the area’s economy and bringing new jobs to the city. The new store is said to be part of an incentive package that includes $4.2 million in state and local funds. The store will receive tax credits and promise to remain open for seven years after receiving the first installment, Spero News reported.
  • How Whole Foods "Primes" You To Shop

    09/21/2011 11:20:06 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 61 replies ^ | Sep 15, 2011 | Martin Lindstrom
    Have you ever been primed? I mean has anyone ever deliberately influenced your subconscious mind and altered your perception of reality without your knowing it? Whole Foods Market, and others, are doing it to you right now.
  • Whole Foods Draws Controversy Over Ramadan Promotion

    08/11/2011 8:20:24 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    TIME ^ | Aug. 11, 2011 | Zachary Cohen
    Whole Foods landed in some hot water this week after advertising food for Ramadan, then seemingly backing off, then returning to their original stance. The grocery chain, known for being socially conscious, started promoting frozen food from Saffron Road that is halal (meaning it follows Muslim dietary laws and restrictions) in commemoration of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month. ... Things only got worse from there when an internal email that was obtained by the Houston Press said that they should continue to promote halal but not necessarily celebrate Ramadan in an effort to prevent any more criticism from the far...
  • Whole Foods Celebrates, Monetizes Ramadan

    08/01/2011 1:29:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 49 replies
    Thanks to a new social media-centered marketing campaign, Whole Foods will become the first national retail chain to celebrate Ramadan. Whole Foods has become the first prominent supermarket chain to run a Ramadan marketing campaign--and they're hoping Muslim customers will return the favor as they break fast. Even though Muslims traditionally forego meals during the day, lavish evening Ramadan meals could mean big bucks for the natural foods giant ... as well as brand loyalty from a demographic not traditionally courted by megastore advertising. Whole Foods is teaming up with Halal frozen entree brand Saffron Road (who sell a variety...
  • a Disgruntled Whole Foods Employee’s Epic Resignation Letter (Thorazine alert!)

    07/25/2011 1:52:36 PM PDT · by pabianice · 75 replies · 1+ views
    Gawker ^ | 7/25/11
    Late Friday afternoon, an employee of the Whole Foods Market in Toronto sent this epic resignation letter to the entire company. It's an alternatingly amusing, enlightening, and occasionally infuriating read — but a good read, nonetheless. ------------------------------------------------------- Dear Whole Foods Market, My experience at Whole Foods was like an increasingly sped up fall down a really long hill. That got rockier with every metre. And eventually, just really spiky ... With fire, acid and Nickleback music. I was hired about five or six years ago. I appreciated and respected what the company said it's philosophies were at that time. The...
  • USDA removes major barrier to Michelle Obama’s salad-bar initiative

    12/06/2010 11:05:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    Grist ^ | December 6, 2010 | Ed Bruske
    First Lady Michelle Obama announced last week that a new public-private partnership, Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools, would make it possible for as many as 6,000 salad bars to be installed in U.S. school cafeterias at an estimated cost of $15 million. Contrary to what hundreds of irate commenters directed to Grist from a link by the Drudge Report feared, the salad bars will not be mandatory lunchtime eating for the nation's youngsters, not taxpayer-funded. If parents like Sarah Palin want their kids to eat cookies for lunch, no one is going to stop them. Of bigger concern has...
  • Teen charged after saying 'All blacks leave the store' on Whole Foods intercom

    04/13/2010 9:35:33 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 61 replies · 2,032+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 13, 2010
    EDGEWATER, N.J. — Police in northern New Jersey say a 14-year-old girl grabbed a supermarket microphone and announced, “All blacks leave the store.”
  • Whole Foods CEO Steps Down from Position

    12/27/2009 3:22:53 PM PST · by FromLori · 75 replies · 2,806+ views
    Benzinga ^ | 12/25/09 | N.J. Beachum
    The CEO for Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFMI) is relinquishing his chairman title. John Mackey is not only the CEO but also the co-founder of this company. He also held the title of chairman since 1978. After much petitioning by some of the shareholders, Mackey decided to voluntarily give up the title of "chairman" in an effort to keep peace and to appease the activist group. Taking his place will be John Elstrott, the current lead director. When Elstrott takes over as chairman, his previous position will be discontinued. Mackey will continue to be the company's CEO. One reason for...
  • What does Whole Foods have to do with health care?

    12/26/2009 2:59:04 AM PST · by mattstat · 3 replies · 552+ views
    It’s not too late to prevent the worst in health care. The Senate bill must still be force-fit to the House bill during reconciliation. We still have time to discuss what requiring a new health tax means. The opportunity to sway our masters, at least a little, still exists. Time might be out for Whole Food’s chief John Mackey, however, who earlier this year wrote an editorial for the Wall Street Journal in which he quoted Margret Thatcher: “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” The result: an 8.4 on the Richter scale...
  • Whole Foods Republicans [Big Tent?]

    12/13/2009 10:15:20 PM PST · by Steelfish · 36 replies · 1,142+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | December 13th 2009
    DECEMBER 13, 2009 Whole Foods Republicans The GOP needs to enlist voters who embrace a progressive lifestyle but not progressive politics. MICHAEL J. PETRILLI The Republican Party is resurgent—or so goes the conventional wisdom. With its gubernatorial victories in Virginia and New Jersey, an energized "tea party" base, and an administration overreaching on health care, climate change and spending, 2010 could shape up to be 1994 all over again. Maybe. The political landscape sure looks greener than it did a year ago, when talk of a permanent Democratic majority was omnipresent. But before John Boehner starts measuring the drapes in...

    10/19/2009 8:02:07 PM PDT · by TheFreedomPoster · 1 replies · 249+ views
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | October 19, 2008 | TheCapitalist
    VIDEO'S: When he started his first organic food store in Austin, Texas in 1978, Whole Foods Market CEO and co-founder John Mackey had no idea that he would eventually usher in not just a revolution in how we shop but what we buy. If you dig being able to buy dozens of types of once-exotic apples, or cheese, or wine, or soaps, or countless other items, you can thank Mackey in part for helping to create cathedrals of commerce that have vastly enriched our day-to-day lives and vastly expanded our palates.

    10/16/2009 10:44:07 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies · 532+ views
    In August, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey argued in the pages of the Wall Street Journal that the solution to America's health care crisis was to be found in "less government control and more individual empowerment." His own company's unique health care plan, Mackey wrote, covers 90 percent of employees, costs less than health insurance plans, aned provides a "very high degree of worker satisfaction." But for the sin of not supporting a government take over of health care, labor unions and left-wing activists called for a boycott of Whole Foods, claiming that Mackey's solutions were unworkable and his employees...
  • The Conscience of a Capitalist (interview of Whole Foods CEO John Mackey on health care)

    10/03/2009 5:12:42 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies · 674+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 3, 2009 | Stephen Moore
    ... What Mr. Mackey is proposing is more or less what he has already implemented at his company—a plan that would allow more health savings accounts (HSAs), more low-premium, high-deductible plans, more incentives for wellness, and medical malpractice reform. None of these initiatives are in any of the Democratic bills winding their way through Congress. In fact, the Democrats want to kill HSAs and high-deductible plans and mandate coverage options that would inflate health insurance costs. The Whole Foods health-care story has been largely ignored by proponents of a government-run system. But it could be a template for those in...
  • Whole Foods opens Noe Valley store today

    09/30/2009 7:58:12 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 383+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/30/9 | Andrew S. Ross
    We don't know how eventful today's opening of a new Whole Foods Market in San Francisco's Noe Valley will be. There have been calls by Boycott Whole Foods supporters on Facebook to "raise a ruckus." Although the boycott movement, sparked by CEO John Mackey's opinion piece dissing health care reform, has faded, a "flash mob" entertained customers at an Oakland Whole Foods last week with megaphoned rants, jigs and a singsong that included the lyrics "Hey Mackey, you're a swine." We do know that mayoral candidate Bevan Dufty will be on hand to lead a morning bread-breaking ceremony. Dufty, the...
  • Whole Foods Haters Use Flash Mob Tactic

    09/27/2009 8:51:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies · 1,931+ views
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 9/27/09 | LORI PREUITT
    Whole Foods may seem like an unlikely target of liberals, but it is one of the current cause-celebs round these parts. Ever since the grocery store's CEO wrote a Wall Street Journal editorial that opposed President Barack Obama's health care reform bill, they have tried everything to get back at one John Mackey. If you've been to a Whole Foods lately you can attest to the fact that the call for a boycott isn't working. The parking lots remain packed and the lines are still long. This weekend in Oakland people who believe health care is a right tried a...
  • BUY-Cott to Support Whole Foods

    09/14/2009 9:10:20 PM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 21 replies · 780+ views ^ | September 11, 2009 | Me!
    Time: September 22, 2009 from 6pm to 7pm Location: Whole Foods Fig Garden Street: 650 W Shaw Ave City/Town: Fresno, CaliforniaWebsite or Map We will be having a BUY-Cott at our local Whole Foods Market to support their championing of a private health care system based on free-market principles. Come on down, there's a 5% discount waiting for you! Buy some great produce and meat, sample their awesome salad/soup/hot foods bar, with fresh sushi, pizza, sandwiches, a full-service deli, a cheese and olive bar, and even a seafood soup bar! We can carry our purchases outside and eat in the...
  • Whole Foods Has Guts

    09/03/2009 11:37:18 PM PDT · by FromLori · 15 replies · 972+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 9/4/09
    There is nothing unusual about Chief Executives Officers of large companies expressing their political opinions in The Wall Street Journal. But recently John Mackey, a founder of Whole Foods Market, made a big splash with his column "The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare." Mr. Mackey said he has a problem with socialism, that our country does not need "a government takeover of our health-care system," and that he favors "moving in the opposite direction - toward less government control and more individual empowerment." He proposed eight reforms which could have come from the free marketer's playbook and pointed out that,...
  • "Rules for Conservative Radicals,” a New Book, Released Today

    09/01/2009 5:27:03 PM PDT · by TheFreedomPoster · 12 replies · 596+ views
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | September 1, 2009 | The Capitalist
    As the Health Care Reform Town Hall meetings and Tea Parties heat up and the August Congressional summer session winds down, conservatives finally have a play book to help them gain traction on the slippery slope to socialism that they feel this country appears to be heading. “Rules for Conservative Radicals,” written by Michael Patrick Leahy ( takes the Alinsky viewpoints expressed in “Rules for Radicals,” and puts a moral, ethical, conservative spin on them.
  • Whole Foods "Buycott" Scheduled for Sept. 1

    08/30/2009 10:29:30 PM PDT · by FrdmLvr · 59 replies · 2,685+ views
    In response to the Left-driven boycott of Whole Foods Markets over CEO John Mackey's Wall Street Journal Op-Ed opposing the ObamaCare bill, the National Tea Party Coalition is scheduling a 'buycott' encouraging the public to shop Whole Foods on Sept. 1. On Aug. 24, I reported here at Digital Journal on the boycotts of FOX conservative pundit Glenn Beck and Whole Foods CEO John Mackey by Obama supporters, driven by organizations like Color For Change and UFCW, the food workers' union. Those boycotts have led to backlashes by supporters of Glenn Beck and John Mackey, which have since resulted in...
  • FReep this poll: Saturday surveys: The Whole Foods - health care debacle

    08/30/2009 10:19:15 AM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 71 replies · 1,656+ views
    green LA girl ^ | Saturday August 29, 2009 at 10:57 am | green LA girl
    Vote No. Currently the No's are 69%. Let's see if we can break 90%. Here's an easy to click on link.
  • There Are Two Types of Boycotts: The Elite-Supported & the Invisible (Guess which one gets results)

    08/29/2009 6:23:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies · 1,489+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 8/27/2009 | Tom Blumer
    As we enter the eighth month of our punk presidency, the left’s desperation to enact the slow but sure evolution to statist health care favored in reality by Barack Obama has reached a fever pitch. Not coincidentally, boycott fever seems to be sweeping the nation. Two of them, assisted heavily by establishment media coverage, are quite visible. One that is perhaps as effective is largely unrecognized in elite circles. Finally, the most effective one may be a totally unorganized refusal to buy largely lurking behind the scenes. First, there is the situation with Whole Foods Market Inc. (WFMI). In an...
  • Whole Foods "Buycott" Scheduled for September 1st

    08/29/2009 4:01:06 AM PDT · by TheMadKing · 87 replies · 2,292+ views
    Digital Journal ^ | 8/29/2009 | Johnny Simpson
    In response to the Left-driven boycott of Whole Foods Markets over CEO John Mackey's Washington Post oped opposing the ObamaCare bill, the national Tea Party Coalition is scheduling a "buycott" encouraging members to shop Whole Foods on September 1st.
  • CtW Investment Group Calls on Whole Foods Board to Remove Chair and CEO John Mackey

    08/26/2009 5:22:29 PM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 79 replies · 2,379+ views
    CtW Investment Group ^ | August 24, 2009 | William Patterson CtW Investment Group
    CtW Investment Group Calls on Whole Foods Board to Remove Chair and CEO John Mackey FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, August 25, 2009 CONTACT: Per Olstad, (202) 721-6027 The CtW Investment Group called on the Whole Foods Market (NYSE:WFMI) board to remove CEO John Mackey as Chairman and to begin the process of naming a new CEO in a letter to Whole Foods’ lead independent director, Dr. John Elstrott, yesterday afternoon. Citing the risk to Whole Foods’ brand reputation caused by Mr. Mackey’s editorial opposing President Obama’s proposed healthcare reform, CtW urged the board to take immediate action to prevent continued...
  • GOP Could Use Some John Mackeys

    08/26/2009 8:05:57 AM PDT · by ConservativeHQ · 37 replies · 2,348+ views
    In an editorial published in the Wall Street Journal on August 11, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey outlined a seven-point plan for healthcare reform that sought to marginalize the role of government. Conservatives asked themselves: 'Why didn't Republicans think of that?' Mackey's editorial highlights a very disturbing question with the Republicans' "Road to Recovery:" Where are Republicans? It's one thing to take some time off from the political spotlight to get one's priorities in order, but to disappear completely during this perfect opportunity leaves one to question how serious Republicans are about coming back from the political wilderness. Read the...
  • The Whole Foods Alternative To Obamacare

    08/26/2009 8:56:08 AM PDT · by 84rules · 212+ views
    84rules News and Commentary Blog ^ | August 26, 2009 | 84rules
    I've always liked the idea of Health Savings Accounts. John Mackey hase a great plan here: The Whole Foods Alternative To Obamacare 84rules August 26, 2009
  • Whole Foods CEO’s Efforts to Undermine Obama Health Care...(Union in front of Cinci store tonight)

    08/25/2009 12:43:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies · 1,612+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 8/25/2009
    In response to a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed by Whole Foods’ Chief Executive Officer John Mackey, activists, consumers and labor groups around the country have been organizing in opposition to his efforts to undermine meaningful health care reform. Over the course of the next few weeks, members and staff from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) will be disseminating educational information to Whole Foods shoppers. The purpose of these efforts will be to set the record straight about health care reform and to raise serious concerns about Whole Foods CEO’s position on this critical issue. These events...
  • Boycotting the Boycotters

    08/25/2009 7:14:00 AM PDT · by Bean74 · 20 replies · 1,041+ views
    The Washtington Times ^ | August 23, 2009 | Andrew Breitbart
    John Mackey - the founder, CEO and marketing genius behind Whole Foods - finds himself in an organic, unsustainable mess with his carefully cultivated affluent, liberal customer base after penning an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal titled, “The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare.” For starters, Mr. Mackey opens with a line from known-liberal-allergen Margaret Thatcher that features the dreaded “S” word: “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” Then he goes on to provide eight sensible free-market solutions gleaned from his company’s well-regarded employee health care program. Mr. Mackey, a free-market libertarian,...
  • Why I Cheer the Whole Foods Boycott: Poetic Justice for Pan-Terrorist, Israel-Hating Retailer

    08/24/2009 7:13:03 PM PDT · by rightwingcrazy · 50 replies · 2,402+ views ^ | 8/21/2009 | Debbie Schlussel
    The usual cadre of ignorant prominent conservatives is urging us to support of Whole Foods because left-wingers are boycotting the overpriced gourmet food chain since CEO John Mackey wrote an op-ed against ObamaCare in the Wall Street Journal. Sorry, but I have no sympathy for the guy. What goes around in his store’s behavior, comes around, even in organics. (snip) But, unlike them, I look beneath the surface of silly, shallow talking points and principle-free partisan knee-jerking. And I’m not upset that Whole Foods is being boycotted. In fact, I love it. It’s a great episode in poetic justice for...
  • Whole Foods Boycott (IBD Exclusive Series: Government-Run Healthcare: A Prescription For Failure)

    08/24/2009 5:28:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 685+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 24, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Medical Overhaul: Whole Foods' CEO weighed in on health care, just as our president urged. But instead of engaging him in civil discussion, angry leftists boycotted his stores. They've succeeded only in chilling debate. John Mackey is a successful entrepreneur. Unlike many politicians, he has actual experience providing health care for private-sector workers. So as the debate over reform cranked up, he wrote an Aug. 12 op-ed for the Wall Street Journal describing "The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare" and offering eight sensible free-market ideas that haven't been discussed on the news.Mackey didn't criticize other plans. He merely tossed a...
  • Backlash Grows Against Boycotts of Glenn Beck and Whole Foods

    08/24/2009 1:49:28 AM PDT · by TheMadKing · 42 replies · 4,594+ views
    Digital Journal ^ | 8/24/2009 | Johnny Simpson
    This past week, both FOX commentator Glenn Beck and Whole Foods founder and CEO John Mackey were being targeted by left-leaning organizations for boycotts. Now the boycotts themselves are being boycotted, a response that has cost GEICO Insurance and Sargento Foods a total of 12,500 customers.
  • Boycotting good ideas?

    08/23/2009 5:45:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 695+ views ^ | August 23, 2009 | Paul Jacob
    Boycotts are as American as apple pie . . . with whole wheat crust. Granted, the term boycott comes from Charles C. Boycott, an English land agent who got in a fracas with Irish tenant farmers over rents in 1880. Laborers refused to harvest Boycott's potatoes. Shopkeepers in the towns wouldn't trade with him. Even the postman declined to deliver his mail. To bring people in to harvest the potatoes cost the British government, Boycott, and others over Ł10,000 — for spuds worth Ł350. In December of that year, Boycott left the Emerald Isle. So, apparently, 100 years earlier, when...
  • A Trip to Boulder (You Tube Video) Patriots Demonstrated then went to lunch at Whole Foods

    08/22/2009 11:04:04 PM PDT · by Jenny Hatch · 7 replies · 1,049+ views
    You Tube ^ | August 22, 2009 | You Tube
  • Whole Foods drawn into health care debate ( Hitpiece alert )

    08/22/2009 2:23:21 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 29 replies · 1,214+ views
    The Statesman ^ | August 15th | Brian Gaar
    An online backlash is building against Whole Foods Market Inc. chief executive John Mackey, thanks to his op-ed column in The Wall Street Journal knocking President Barack Obama's proposed health care bill.
  • Whole Foods-Style Health Care

    08/22/2009 6:04:09 AM PDT · by frithguild · 13 replies · 716+ views
    TrendMacro/ ^ | August 21, 2009 | Don Luskin
    I've written several columns over the last couple months about the attempts by Obama administration and the Democratic-controlled Congress to impose nationalized health-care insurance -- so-called "Obamacare." I've said it's bad for corporate profits, bad for the stock market, bad for the economy -- and even bad for people seeking quality health care. I've never had such a huge volume of reader response to anything I've written here, and never so polarized. To half of you, I'm a messiah. To the other half, I'm a pariah. So I was glad to find support in this perilous position from one of...
  • Liberals attack Whole Foods

    08/21/2009 10:38:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 96 replies · 1,983+ views
    American Thinker ^ | August 21, 2009 | Robin of Berkeley
    As a leftist up until last year, I know what liberals are good at:  emotion and righteous indignation.  And they're experts at channeling that fury into concrete action.  So and other far left groups are e mailing and twittering and Facebooking like crazy to mobilize the troops into doing whatever they dictate. Their tactics can be so cruel and chilling, that those of us with a conscience can be left hanging in the dust.  Meanwhile, a la Saul Alinsky, the Left isolates, demonizes and destroys their "enemies," that is anyone who disagrees with them. When a person or company is...
  • Local protests over Whole Foods CEO's opinion piece [Boston]

    08/21/2009 3:54:53 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 7 replies · 684+ views
    Boston Glober ^ | 21 August 2009 | Calvin Hennick
    Around a dozen protesters were in front of the Whole Foods on Route 9 in Framingham this afternoon, handing out fliers calling for CEO John Mackey to be fired. Mackey recently wrote an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, arguing that against more government involvement in health care and saying that people do not have an “intrinsic right to health care.” “My heart wouldn’t bleed if he left,” said Dean Ethier, an organizing director with the United Food and Commercial Workers. “You need a compassionate person who’s for reform.” The opinion piece has become a target of supporters of...
  • Boycott Whole Foods? Angry Protesters Hope to Slow Sales

    08/21/2009 2:02:11 PM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 73 replies · 1,826+ views
    fox news ^ | August 21, 2009 | Kathryn Elizabeth Tuggle
    “A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. That’s because there isn’t any. This “right” has never existed in America,” Mackey wrote in the piece. In response, a Facebook group called, “Boycott Whole Foods,” was founded, and today it has almost 23,000 members who have pledged to stop shopping there. Whole Foods spokesperson Libba Letton said “there’s no telling,” whether or not the company’s bottom line will be impacted by the boycott.