Friday, January 18, 2013

The Whole Truth

Whole Foods comes across to most people as a place where you’d expect to find a lot of us old hippies shopping because of its tofu-granola-organic Save The Planet image.

It turns out that John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, once compared Obamacare to fascism (which proves he doesn’t know much about fascism or the healthcare law) and is now feeling the heat from it.

I rarely make my shopping decisions based on the political philosophy of the people that run a corporation.  In the case of Whole Foods, I don’t go there because the nearest one is further away than another supermarket chain, their prices are higher for a lot of the very same products I can get at Publix, and I’m not being suckered into to thinking I’m doing something good for the planet by a guy who gets his theories on good government from Fox News.

2 barks and woofs on “The Whole Truth

  1. Mr. Mackey also doesn’t allow his employees to form or join a union. When I found this out I stopped trekking to Ann Arbor to enjoy some of the wonderful offerings in the Whole Foods store there – all the goodies unavailable in Toledo. Then, wonders of wonders, Fresh Market came to a strip mall nearby which also has Costco, the answer to Walmart for those of us who care about employment practices. I wonder how long Whole Foods’ stock will maintain its past star power.

  2. Good for you, Faithful Correspondent! I try to shop at places that treat their employees with some respect – as in paying them decently, affordable medical insurance, paid time off, and a retirement plan. I think I’ve mentioned before that I drive an additional 45-50 miles to shop Costco instead of the Sam’s Club that is about 25 miles from my house. I realize it won’t change corporate policy nor contribute to rational labor law but it is what I can do and so I do it.

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