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Join the Whole Foods buycott

Posted by Richard on September 1, 2009

About three weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal published an excellent article by Whole Foods CEO John Mackey in which he proposed eight health care reforms that would move us toward "less government control and more individual empowerment" and would lower costs dramatically for everyone. This outraged some of the rich leftists who go to Whole Foods for their organic arugula, free-range chicken, and soy milk, and they organized a boycott of the grocery chain.

The backlash has begun, in the form of a "buycott" encouraging fans of John Mackey and his proposals to shop at Whole Foods. The Nationwide Tea Party Coalition is promoting the buycott, and the first two organized buycotts are scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 1, at Whole Foods stores in St. Louis and Dallas. The coalition is planning more such events throughout Sept. and is encouraging people to sign up to sponsor events at their local Whole Foods Market. But I'm not going to wait. 

I don't shop at Whole Foods often. But tomorrow after work, I'm going to the Whole Foods Market on South Washington St. near where I live, and I'm going to splurge a bit on groceries. Maybe I'll get a bison strip steak and some of the fine deli salads and produce they have. I might even try that free-range chicken. 

If there's a Whole Foods store in your area, drop by tomorrow and pick up a few things. Don't forget to bring your reusable grocery bags (although you can buy some there or get paper bags if you forget). And if you haven't read it yet, please read John Mackey's outstanding article.

UPDATE (9/1): Well, I dropped thirty bucks at Whole Foods after work (passed on the bison steaks, though). It was quite busy, but I'm not there enough to know if it was any different than an average Tuesday evening. Later, I caught a report on the St. Louis buycott on Fox News. In the first half hour, about 300 people showed up, there was a line out the door, and there were no carts available. Oh, and there was one boycott supporter in an Obama shirt.  

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