Saturday, May 9, 2009

Whole Foods

"As the Texas Observer argued recently, "People shop at Whole Foods not just because it offers organic produce and natural foods, but because it claims to run its business in a way that demonstrates a genuine concern for the community, the environment, and the 'whole planet,' in the words of its motto. In reality, Whole Foods has gone on a corporate feeding frenzy in recent years, swallowing rival retailers across the country.... The expansion is driven by a simple and lucrative business strategy: high prices and low wages." " (Thanks Daniel)

1 comment:

Leila Abu-Saba said...

I avoid Whole Foods unless absolutely necessary, and I have no illusions about their policies. Their CEO and founder is virulently anti-union and will do whatever he can to bust unionizing activities anywhere.

I do shop at a locally-owned market with the same target demographic and similar range of products. They are not a union shop, either, which causes hard feelings in our left-liberal neigbhorhood. But they offer local produce, great selection of meats and poultry as well as bulk foods (nuts, grains, rice, beans) and gourmet items.

Anyway they are closer and cheaper as well. We call the big store "Whole Paycheck." Yet my friends will drive across town to shop there. Le snobbisme.