You are reading...

August 14th

Boycotting Whole Foods for no good reason.

John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, wrote “Eight things we can do to improve health care without adding to the deficit”. There are more intelligent people who can analyse the op-ed, I rather cover the backlash. Take a look at the reaction.

Joshua has been taking the bus to his local Whole Foods in New York City every five days for the past two years. This week, he said he’ll go elsewhere to fulfill his fresh vegetable and organic produce needs.

“I will never shop there again,” vowed Joshua, a 45-year-old blogger, who asked that his last name not be published.

What courage! Make sure no one can know his name or find his blog.

Michael Lent, another Whole Foods enthusiast in Long Beach, Calif., told that he, too, will turn to other organic groceries for his weekly shopping list.

“I’m boycotting [Whole Foods] because all Americans need health care,” said Lent, 33, who used to visit his local Whole Foods “several times a week.”

“While Mackey is worried about health care and stimulus spending, he doesn’t seem too worried about expensive wars and tax breaks for the wealthy and big businesses such as his own that contribute to the deficit,” said Lent.

I don’t even care how he made the connection on Whole Food’s contribution to the deficit. You are boycotting because Mackey didn’t mention tax or war policy in an op-ed about health policy? What makes think he doesn’t?

Christine Taylor, a 34-year-old New Jersey shopper, vowed never to step foot in another Whole Foods again.

“I will no longer be shopping at Whole Foods,” Taylor told “I think a CEO should take care that if he speaks about politics, that his beliefs reflect at least the majority of his clients.”

I guess she pulled her statistics about the political makeup of Whole Food’s shoppers from the Department of Her Ass.

A commenter on the Whole Foods forum, identified only by his handle, “PracticePreach,” wrote, “It is an absolute slap in the face to the millions of progressive-minded consumers that have made [Whole Foods] what it is today.”

Whole Foods provide full health insurance to thousands of employees. I guess if ObamaCare passes, Mackey’s taxes would be paying for his customers health insurance too. How are you going to react if he decides it would be more effective to dump his employee’s insurance into ObamaCare?

Not everyone disagrees of course

Many posted online that they agreed with his message and would try to shop at the chain more often.

Frank Federer wrote, expressing fatigue with the knee-jerk reaction of other shoppers.

“You can count me as one vote FOR Whole Foods’ CEO,” wrote Federer. “At a time when most folks are more inclined toward rancor than discussion of facts, I applaud John Mackey.”

I have no objection to shoppers who change their shopping habits because of what a CEO thinks, what I don’t understand is what is the big deal about Mackey’s article.

To me, it’s the most reasonable critique of the healthcare debate AND it has actual alternatives. Perhaps people are hung up about the Thatcher quote, but no one quoted in this article can point out what part of the op-ed they object to. Suggesting that consumers can purchase insurance across state lines is an boycott-able offense? I doubt it. It is more likely a boycott-able offense to be a CEO with an opinion.

Does it really matter? Mackey is not the one writing and passing legislation. Is this how Americans plan to deal with political disagreements, take your frustrations out on everyone else but the politicians?

Grow up.

Go home