November 1, 1980
Most of these comments have been left without looking deeper into the strategy here.
The fact is, Whole Foods' health insurance isn't anything to be too proud of. And their CEO, John Mackey, strongly opposes a single payer health insurance system. Not very progressive, for such a "progressive" food market. And all the more reason to believe that Mackey's "pro-health" push for employees is more about his corporation's self-interest and less about any altruistic belief in the well-being of his workers. All he wants is to get his UnitedHealthCare utilization (and, therefore, cost) down.
Whole Foods does SOME things that are for the betterment of our country. Organic food, a more holistic health-focus, etc. But they are still a Big Box store, and NOT local. On top of that, they have misled their consumers by advertising their certified organic products, while moving slowly AWAY from organics and putting the "natural" labels on the shelf. Again, this is about making money, not providing a purely sustainable solution for consumers. (And being "consumers" is the problem. We should be our own PRODUCERS of food.)
This whole thing comes down to the profit motive and saving health insurance premium expenses. This is NOT a public service announcement.
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Yeah, and you can likely youtube it or read blogs and not even buy a single recipe book anymore ;-)
Dude, I respect your right to an opinion, but sometimes there IS no deeper strategy, or conspiracy at work ;-)
Um, John Mackey stepped down, you know, b/c people were upset with how he said what he said more than what he was actually saying. Which people do sometimes, yeah.
It IS progressive for companies to REALLY take care of their employees, to want them to be healthy and have the right tools, to educate them, to offer free education, to pay for expensive trips to institutes for the ones who get to go, to provide gainsharing every month, etc., instead of having every extra dollar go to the top of the pyramid. WE get it. It is HIGHLY progressive to pay out of pocket for a third-party inspection system to inspect you to make sure you are upholding your own values, to be the ONLY organic grocer EVER, and to use wind energy systems, complex recycling programs (and education), and more.
We strive to have everything as organic as we can, and won't label anything as organic that isn't. If an organic lemon touches the conventional lemons, we have to remove it. We donate our leftovers to shelters, daily, and we are always actively collecting for at least 3 different organizations. We feature as much local as we can, and we are not moving 'away' from organic in the least. On the contrary, it is becoming more and more mainstream. :) Natural and organic are two different things, hence the different labels. We have a list over 100 ingredients long, including aspartame and trans fats to just name TWO, and will feature NOTHING that carries so much as ONE of these ingredients. NOBODY ELSE, not even small local grocers in hippie towns, ARE DOING THIS. ;-)
Thank you. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
I have just read all of the new posts and I have to quickly reply to one of the issues concerning the Whole Foods Rewards Workers who lose weight.
Since there have been many other things having to do with this subject such as nutrition, prices for junk foods verses healthy foods etc. I have veered off my main point and concern. That is the issue of discrimination, period.
I would be just as adverse to discrimination against the healthy and fit if the reverse came to pass, and that would be the program to give the obese the additional discount,for whatever reason. It doesn't matter what the reason is for discriminating against any group of people, it doesn't matter what the end result would be. Discrimination is discrimination.
I am certain that it would be of benefit for McDonald's to give a discount to their obese employees and not to their fit and lean ones to give more incentive to their employees to buy more of their hamburgers. I would be just as adamant as I am being now that the practice would be wrong of them to be discriminating against the healthy employees.
Regardless of the businesses intentions, like I said discrimination is discrimination regardless of the end goal.
Ertarox, you have addressed so many subjects that we share an interest in, and I admire anyone who is concerned with social issues, such as the raping of our forests and lands to provide acreage for livestock, and how it affects our environment, about human and animal rights etc. Since I would love to address these issues and discuss them with you it will take time for me to go over what you have written, and when I have some more time to post some replies to you concerning them.
And thank you also for your insight and thoughtfulness on important subjects like these.
Until then, have a nice weekend!
Hey thanks! Maybe better you email me personally from my site at www.schoolofrawk.com. It has my email listed on it. ;-) I look forward to it. Gross about McDonalds, but totally true, agreed, in philosophy. However, I even remember when I was a Brownie in 2nd grade and how the girls who sold the most girlscout cookies got bonus patches and rewards. The rest of us weren't "discriminated" against, we had the option to go out every day and try if we wanted. Ditto for salesman who get paid commission bonuses, as I brought up earlier, and so forth. So, again, it is impossible to call Whole Foods discriminatory against the obese (because it simply isn't true) or anybody else; it is simply a BONUS that everybody has equal opportunity to go work for or not. Period. I'm waiting for non-smokers to protest the extraordinary tax on cigarettes still.....and so far, nobody. Why is that?
Looking fwd to hearing from you, and have a great weekend. :)
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