The CEO has again been spewing his pseudo-libertarian trash again. This time in opposition to the Obama health plan. Guy's awfully full of opinions. Shame that his judgment matters. Seems to me that it's up to us to minimize the power of that judgment.
I have found Whole Foods viscerally distasteful from the first time I set foot in one. Even aside from their "recent" move to stock more junk food, they were always heavy on melamine fixtures when they could have used wood or otherwise hired local craftspeople, they have always have a broader selection of disposable plates and otherwise consumption society oriented self-indulgences than even stores like Food Emporium that made no such claims to social responsibility, and, as we all know, they always had a vibe of supreme entitled contempt for the barriers that their prices create. While others moved to light pipes and skylights and explored LED fixtures, they "championed" compact fluorescent, both as used in their stores and for sale, that they of all people had the resources to understand were an ecological and social disaster waiting to happen. This doesn't even begin to get into local issues like their predatory approach to our regional Pacific Northwest markets. Like Walmart and Exxon and Microsoft, they "justify" their attacks as "only fair" and "just business". Well, to hell with them.
As far as I'm concerned they've never been any more than a yuppie palace for the entitled to do no better than protect themselves from perceived risks to their personal health while turning their backs on the great majority of the population who they were quite pleased to see kept on the other side of those gleaming doors.
I'm not going to rant against Whole Foods at great length. Plenty of others have. I have avoided them this whole time and have made no secret of it. And, no doubt, at some point I will choose by circumstance to buy something there due to time pressures or avoiding arguments with others.
Or maybe not. I've never yet bought so much as a pair of socks at Walmart. I have endured considerable discomfort and cost to avoid other chains.
So yeah, in theory, the day may come that I set foot on one of their plastic simulations of a responsible store again. But not willingly.
I call anathema on them. I wish upon them bankruptcy and dissolution and humiliation.
And first, and foremost, the latest action by their senior decision maker reminds me once again that we must remember to stick to the simple things we speak of. Grow food yourself. Help others to do the same. Buy unprepared foods and prepare them yourself; then share that food with friends. Buy local. Cut your consumption. Barter. Take seriously the task of structuring your life to become one in which the temptation to do business with these creatures is minimal.
Get an energy-efficient standing freezer if you have the room and buy fresh-frozen local foods in bulk. Instead of buying prepared foods from the big chains get things like locally made prepared foods. Personally, I've had a rough few weeks and it would have been a lot harder without things like locally made frozen steam buns, pelmeni, and so on. My steamer and I are great friends. And my wallet appreciates the relationship.
Do not waste your energies in open conflict with these creatures if you can possibly avoid it. Just withdraw and help us build healthy lives in which they have no part.
In. Which. They. Have. No. Part.
Don't buy from them, recommend them, or, if you possibly can, work for them. Don't "compromise".
Just walk away.