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D says ...
Whole Foods does NOT push GMO products. In fact, they encouraged customers to vote in favor of GMO labeling. Are there products on the shelf that contain GMO ingredients? It's likely, since currently there is no requirement for manufacturors and producers to label, hence why they encourage customers and employees to vote toward GMO labeling. I was stunned that the act didn't pass that required it, but I know for fact that Whole Foods backs all efforts to support GMO labeling and is working toward eliminating any products that they know contain GMO ingredients.
01/20/2013 7:55:11 AM CST
shane013a says ...
I'm concerned that you are comparing apples to oranges here Mr. Mackey. Yes in small countries many things work very well ie, Iceland refusing bailout money and closing down and restructuring the banking system. However, the suggestion you are making has been attempted in one way or another with the glaring reality that not all, in fact very few, large corporations take the initiative to provide anywhere near what is needed to offer a satisfactory worklife for their employees. In fact the Walton family seems to be setting the pace with low paying jobs and no health care offerings for the majority of their employees which put many on the rolls for public assistance. No sir until we have more folks caring enough to provide adequate pay and care for their 'team' we need this stop gap....sorry it's already been proven while you were busy with your empire building. As good as it is, it's only one and you can't make others follow your example. Wish in some ways you could but these recent changes you've made actually only prove my point, money is still more important to you than your 'team'....your actions speak loudest!!
01/20/2013 8:33:24 AM CST
Dr. Charles Montgimery says ...
Dispite denials and corrections, we know how Mr. Mackey really feels. Moreover, the transparency of the "spin" is insulting. I am not an activitst at all, but enough is enough. Of course, "John" has the right to say whatever he wants. However, if he chooses to publicly state his elitist social view, I am free to express my opposing opinion. There is a Fresh Market close by. We will NEVER shop at Whole Foods again - ever! The loss for Whole Foods ($1,200-$1,500/year) may be small, but I have been permanenty offended by the callousness of Mr. Mackey's remarks.
01/20/2013 8:50:18 AM CST
Sharon N says ...
I was outraged to hear Mackey calling Obamacare a form of Fascism. While I understand he has apologized for using the word, his ideas of free-market healthcare have not worked and that is the reason we look forward to Obamacare. As someone who spends between 80-90% of our family's food dollar at Whole Foods, I now feel compelled to look for an alternative source for grocery shopping.
01/20/2013 9:24:37 AM CST
Christopher Missett says ...
Mr. Mackey, if you believe that "our country would be far better served by combining free enterprise capitalism with a strong governmental safety net for our poorest citizens and those with preexisting conditions, helping everyone to be able to buy insurance", that's great. Unfortunately, what we keep seeing in this country is wealthy right wingers and the politicians who take their huge donations doing everything they can to weaken and defund this "strong governmental safety net". Simultaneously, they are doing everything they can to make "free enterprise capitalism" so powerful that they no longer have any legal obligation to provide health care, living wages, or anything else to the people who work for them. The employees at your store are hardworking, friendly and knowledgeable. Please do not cut your employees hours or health benefits. Please treat your employees with dignity and respect and please value THEIR lives, THEIR futures and THEIR well being as much as you value your own.
01/20/2013 9:47:40 AM CST
Thomas E White says ...
This kind of a comment should have been thought out and just what it would do to a public traded company, I do not believe that John has the capability to lead a public traded company and I will vote wit my feet!!!!!
01/20/2013 9:57:33 AM CST
Mary Getman-Netto says ...
Do you really think that by using different words to describe the same messed up ideology that we will give you a pass? You should consider your audience (your customers) and recognize that this will not do. Health care is a right that doesn't belong in the free market (to make greedy corporate people like you richer). I'm not even going to address your detailed ideas because they are completely ridiculous. You are going to lose big time. This has been coming for a long time. Your hard working employees deserve better from you.
01/20/2013 10:15:22 AM CST
marilyn Coffey says ...
Hi Mr. Mackey. Thankfully, I am still free to share my opinion. I agree with you and I'm inspired to work for a company like this, and would dearly love a Whole Foods store closer to my neighborhood in Hebron, KY, for shopping and for employment. Thank you for your time and your freedom thoughts. Marilyn
01/20/2013 11:19:42 AM CST
Crystal Durnan says ...
Yet you offer no "clarification" on your asinine and completely anti-science view of climate change. Whole Foods has lost me completely as a customer.
01/20/2013 11:28:27 AM CST
AJ says ...
Why are you no longer publishing comments?
01/20/2013 11:37:13 AM CST
Ray says ...
Good for Mr. Mackey, He was absolutely correct in his use of words. Its a pity people are so shortsighted to misconstrue his application of the word - fascism rather than see the actual relationship he is speaking of. Unfortunately, Such is human nature - to look at the negative first. I hope Mr. Mackey continues to speak his mind without worrying about how it will be misapplied.
01/20/2013 11:53:12 AM CST
Kathy Widmer says ...
Mackey's comments are misinformed. They foster misunderstanding about the Affordable Care Act and distract us from an educated discussion about the very real need for Medicare for all. We were loyal Whole Foods customers who will be back when John Mackey is gone. Boulder Colorado has plenty of alternatives.
01/20/2013 11:56:20 AM CST
Alias Joe says ...
What a bunch of goofy cattle these people are. "Wahhhh, I'm never stepping foot in your store again" People should worry more about their own views more than someone else. John Macky is the head honcho, but letting one person saying one word on HIS VIEW affect your entire shopping experience? Ha, ohhhh my.... people are so manipulative and quick to judge. Whole Foods is also the ONLY grocery chain that's taken a public stand AGAINST GMO. So to the uninformed person saying they are pushing it? Maybe they just landed from Mars, so it's OK. Walk through Walmart or Safeway and ask a customer service person about organic produce, or meat raised without hormones or additives, they'll look at you with total confusion. Goodluck on your harsh choices people! Whole Foods Rocks.
01/20/2013 12:37:39 PM CST
Alice says ...
People are really not going back to Whole Foods because of that comment? What a bunch of babies, honestly who cares.
01/20/2013 12:40:03 PM CST
janna says ...
sorry - too little too late. I'm tired of Mackley's rants - he needs to go. I think it's incredibly irresponsible for a high-profile CEO to spew such vitriol. I will shop elsewhere from now on. The GMO issue had me almost out the door anyway. In case WFs hasn't noticed there are organics available in chain grocery stores now. I will spend my hard earned $$$ at my local food co-op from now on.
01/20/2013 1:55:07 PM CST
Mark says ...
Ahem, BTW, Mr. Mackey, health insurance is compulsory in Switzerland as well. I guess, on second thought, they have a fascist system, too. It would be great if "free market capitalism" were the answer to providing universal health care, but the goal of capitalism is profit, which conflicts with the needs of health care. For any type of capitalist market system to work with health care, everyone needs to be in the system, which is what the Affordable Care Act attempts to do. I believe that your initial remark is what you truly feel and that the correction later was PR. I was a regular Whole Foods customer, but not anymore.
01/20/2013 2:35:50 PM CST
Elizabeth Kohn says ...
I will not be shopping at Whole Foods again until there is a change in attitude. And I am a long time loyal customer.
01/20/2013 2:52:17 PM CST
CL Anderson says ...
Add me to the list of those who will not be shopping at Whole Foods again. I completely disagree with John Mackey's comments. As one who works with the poor I find ideas expressed to be insensitive and they have no relationship to the reality of the millions who desperately need what President Obama has done with the Health Care initiatives.
01/20/2013 3:23:26 PM CST
Christopher Budden says ...
Mr. Mackey, your comments about the fascism we are currently seeing in this country were absolutely true. And how do you propose we have a "link" bewteen capitalism and the state while not losing the freedoms which capitalism provides? It can't be done. Sir, there is no compromise on the basic principle of liberty. And, sadly, it is due to philosophical appeasers like yourself which unleash the collectivist tyrants upon mankind and give them validation to continue their manipulation of lives and fortunes. I suggest, sir, you get it straight before it's too late and retract your retraction...because if it is your business you wish to save you will soon discover it cannot be saved on the back of tyranny. How much of their fascism prompted you to to retract what you knew to be the truth, sir? Capitalism is the product of trade, of equals, between human beings who understand what it means to trade value for value and not rule with guns and gangs. You disappoint me, sir.
01/20/2013 3:36:29 PM CST
Phil28 says ...
Obamacare came into being for a few simple reasons. Health care should be available to anyone at a reasonable cost and not exclude those with pre-existing conditions or those that leave or change their job. Private industry failed to do this, as well as adding a 20% profit to their costs. By definition, these companies were not motivated by providing the most affordable care, but by making a profit, which drove up the cost of healthcare. We fought with clerks at these companies to get permission for care our doctors recommended. Obama was heroic in fighting for his plan. Your side opposed it every step of the way and, therefore, was unable to provide any constructive input. For someone who is so smart in building your company, it's disappointing you don't get this. Capitalism is great for many things. Like changing where I shop. I've shopped at Whole Foods for a decade or more, and will now try some of the many alternatives that have recently sprung up. You've provided just the nudge I needed.
01/20/2013 3:49:14 PM CST
David says ...
In recent years I've done the majority of my food shopping at Whole Foods, but I've also made regular visits to Harris-Teeter, Trader Joe's, and Yes! Organic Market, a local chain. In light of Mr. Mackey's obnoxious comment about the Affordable Care Act, I'll be spending a lot less time -- and money -- at Whole Foods. Is the Affordable Care Act perfect? Far from it. But it is the first step in eradicating the United States' embarrassing reputation for caring so little about the health of all its citizens.
01/20/2013 4:19:38 PM CST
JC says ...
From the news about GMO's to the recent comments about our health care system and the President of the United States of America I will no longer be supporting or going out of my way to shop at Whole Foods stores. They are overpriced and obviously based on their locations for rich people only anyway. No matter how you rebuttle your comments or your wording you are misleading this country and deep down you know it. Because your love lies with money and you cannot serve two masters.
01/20/2013 4:28:44 PM CST
Susan Clarke says ...
Fair enough. However, I hope that you will at least agree that, since free market health care, as practiced in the US, is a horrendous mess: that Obamacare does what you say you want--gives a health safety net to the poorest (and sometimes not so poor) who have no insurance.
01/20/2013 5:06:12 PM CST
larry martin says ...
I was surprised and disheartened to read Mr. Mackey describe obamacare as socilalist and fascist and then describe his ideal solution, which was a concise description of what obama care is, right down to being precisely based on the swiss model, as was romney care in massachusetts. All this was what the republicans and their conservative think tanks proposed for decades and obama just adopted it. It was and is a moderate republican program. Mr. Mackey is just repeating the right wing echo chamber bubble babble.
01/20/2013 5:17:55 PM CST
Michael Jamison says ...
Typical republican I got mine,screw everyone else
01/20/2013 5:24:02 PM CST

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