Why You Should Boycott Whole Foods

By Jorge Rivas Aug 14, 2009

On Wedneday I was having a conversation with a total stranger about how much I love Whole Foods. But now I’m promoting a boycott. Whole Foods CEO John Mackey thinks many of the country’s health care problems are "self-inflicted" and are preventable through "proper diet, exercise, not smoking, minimal alcohol consumption and other healthy lifestyle choices. Really Mackey? A proper diet is the answer to all our health problems? If that’s the case, then please open some stores in low-income communities. Why don’t you go to a corner store in South L.A or the South Bronx and try buy a balanced meal and then tell me how it’s all about personal responsibility. In his op-ed, "The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare," published Tuesday, Mackey criticized President Barack Obama’s health care plan. Mackey provided eight "reforms" he argued the U.S. can do to improve health care without increasing the deficit. He suggested that tax forms be revised to "make it easier for individuals to make a voluntary, tax-deductible donation to help the millions of people who have no insurance." AlterNet really got to the gist of it, "the problem with Mackey’s campaign is that it results in the deaths of 60 Americans every day due to lack of health insurance. Mackey is responsible for these deaths as much as anyone." Boycott Whole Foods. Write to them. Call them. Join the FaceBook group. If you find an email post in the comments so we can all email Whole Foods. and sell your Whole Foods stock because this is about to go down. For more information about what the public option is and what it could mean for you, read "RaceWire on A Quest to Answer: What IS The Public Option?" If you want to contact Whole Foods: World Headquarters Whole Foods Market, Inc. 550 Bowie Street Austin, TX 78703-4644 512.477.4455 512.477.5566 voicemail 512.482.7000 fax