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June 13, 2011


the more I get involved with rights for fat people, the more amazed I am at how much hatred there is for us. I just don't get it. I didn't do anything to anybody. If anything, I've spent my life trying to impact other people as little as possible. Oh well.

WFM isn't about health. It's about profit. Mackey talks a good game about wanting people to be healthier, but what he really wants is just for people to believe WFM is about health so they'll spend their dollars in his stores. WFM stores employ exactly the same strategies as every other grocery store to get you to buy high-margin unhealthy snacks and sweets as impulse buys. I shop at the Columbus Circle WFM all the time. Once you're on the long, long checkout line, you're stuck there standing next to rows and rows of baked goods, bulk chocolate, candy bars and other assorted sweets. After that, you have to walk by a bunch of beer on your way to the register. Just because a food is organic doesn't mean it's a healthy choice. Just because beer comes from a local microbrewery doesn't mean the calories in it are any less empty. Mackey is a hypcrite, pure and simple.

seems to me their "healthy employee" discount is about encouraging their employees to be thin for the sake of the image of the company. In other words, it's discrimination in the guise of concern for health.

"WFM isn't about health. It's about profit."

Yup. I went to see Michael Pollan and John Mackey talk about food politics a few years ago, and that was abundantly clear. When Mackey said, in response to someone in the audience who asked about the problems inherent in making whole foods unaffordable to poor people, "Frankly, I don't think most people spend enough of their budget on food," he was soundly booed.

Mackey has a vested interest in keeping his products too expensive for a number of people who might want them, including the homeless people he had to walk past on the way to the speaking venue. Because they can't afford his products, their health is apparently unimportant to him.

This is my first time visiting this site, and forgive me, but it seems as though you have a very narrow point of view? I haven't seen one acknowledgement that a conflicting opinion could have at least some merit in certain situations. I also have seen no comments that debate or rival your posts. It reminds me of one of my friends who is a very conservative republican. When he gets together with his other conservative friends, they sit around and get very passionate about why they are right and why everyone else is wrong. However, there is never anyone present to defend the opposing opinion. One sided debates are fun and can make you feel better about certain things, but they seem to fall short in providing opportunities for the participants to grow or even develop their original opinions further by incorporating (or at least acknowledging) a broader view. Ignorance of an opposing view may make you appear strong to those who agree with you, but you will likely lose credibility in the eyes of everyone else (especially those on the fence about the issue).

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