Whole Foods Boycott Growing – Coming To A Store Near You
There are a lot of angry Whole Foods Markets shoppers out there as the boycott against the health food store continues to gain momentum across the country with rallies and other acts of disdain for the popular chain.
The number of Facebook members on the Boycott Whole Foods group page since we last reported on this story has more than doubled to 29,694 shoppers supporting the boycott. But joining a Facebook group is more than what these shoppers are doing — the movement has already led to actions outside several stores in various cities and there is even an official blog where people are sending in receipts from purchases they have done elsewhere.
The boycott was born out of anger after an opinion piece written by Whole Foods CEO John Mackey earlier this month was published on the Wall Street Journal. In the opinion piece, Mackey expresses his personal libertarian right-wing views against universal healthcare for all Americans, implying that having health care is not a right and that Obama’s plan would bankrupt the country. He also said that most of the medical problems Americans face are “self-inflicted.”
Mackey’s words didn’t sit well with progressive shoppers who had done their grocery shopping at the chain for years. The often expensive organic products at the chain had often attracted a more upper middle class crowd, many of them very well educated and often times more liberal. And this is what boycott organizers are trying to capitalize on — the liberal yuppies.
Since the healthcare debate begun, numerous polls have shown that the majority of Americans support a single-payer or government run healthcare system. An August 5 CNN poll showed that 50 percent of Americans are supportive of Obama’s healthcare reform plan despite the fierce right-wing fear-mongering that has been taking place over radio, Internet, and TV.
With such support for healthcare reform, specially in larger cities where a majority of liberals live, Whole Foods boycotters are trying to make an impact. Organizers have been keeping track of the Boycott Whole Foods campaign; they’ve posted a poll from Mashable.com showing that the store’s brand has been on the decline since the campaign gained media attention.
But there is also a palpable physical presence from boycotters outside some Whole Foods stores, including in Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, New York City, and in Austin, where the first store opened in 1980. The organizers are gearing up for more actions to raise public awareness about the campaign. All the information can be found on their blog.
The boycott will see its success if Mackey resigns. It’s uncertain how possible that could be since he was the store’s co-founder, but if sales at Whole Foods Markets decline dramatically enough, the company’s board of directors may look into taking some sort of action against Mackey to ease the public anger.
You can visit the boycott’s Facebook page by clicking here.
Watch a video of a public action outside of the Washington, D.C. Whole Foods Market store: