Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Food For Thought: Food and politics… doesn’t that sound like one ruins the other?

There has been an enormous backlash against Whole Foods after their CEO John Mackey was quoted in the Wall Street Journal last week as saying that health care is not an intrinsic right.

His support of health care savings accounts, a very conservative stance, has outraged even devoted fans to the point where a 14,000 strong Facebook group has already been created called “Boycott Whole Foods”.

In response, Whole Foods has sent letters to customers apologizing for any offense and created a forum on its website to discuss the issue but it seems to still be gaining speed on both sides of the border.

The feeling of betrayal has hit the company hard so far, with even devoted regulars declaring "it was only a matter of time before I'd have to reconcile my politics with my addiction to Whole Foods. I have to get my puffins elsewhere."

Do you think the lash out is just or are people expecting too much from the corporation (let’s not forget that it is one (wink))?

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