Earlier this month, Whole Foods CEO and co-founder John Mackey ran an op-ed piece titled “The Whole Foods Alternative to Obama Healthcare” in the Washington Post. His “anti-Obama” suggestions created a backlash from consumers and was the catalyst for a Boycott Whole Foods Facebook Group which now has over 28,000 members.
The Facebook group says . . .
“John Mackey, CEO and co-founder of Whole Foods wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on August 12, 2009 quoting Margaret Thatcher and suggesting that healthcare is a commodity that only the rich, like him, deserve.
Whole Foods has built its brand with the dollars of deceived progressives. Let them know your money will no longer go to support Whole Foods’ anti-union, anti-health insurance reform, right-wing activities.”
The group asks members to organize a pickett at thier local Whole Foods store, contact Bravo TV to drop Whole Foods as their grocer for the program Top Chef, contact Whole Foods administration and more.
To read more about why they are calling for a boycott and why they believe a boycott will work, visit their blog: http://wholeboycott.com
To boycott or not to boycott, that is the question. We’ve seen a lot of media supporting both sides, but want to know what you think. Do you agree or disagree with John Mackey’s suggestions for health care reform? Did the article effect your overall feelings towards Whole Foods? Does a store owner’s stance on public issues effect your decision to shop at one store or another? Let us know what you think!
**Addendum 8/28/09: While it is not our normal practice to post news about competitors, our intention for this post was to open a discussion about the people behind a company and if, and/or how their personal opinions and views affect your choice to support their business. Thank you so much for all of your great comments so far!