If I had a list of wishes, pretty high up would be that people realize that Whole Foods Market... well... sucks.
Here are a few reasons to avoid them and support your local grocer instead (if you're lucky enough to have one, that is):
- Whole Foods violates their workers' rights to unionize, including busting up a union in Madison, Wisconsin and hiring armed guards to stand outside the Tysons Corner, West Virginia, store, in response to workers starting to talk of unionizing.
- Whole Foods doesn't buy locally. They centralize their food buying and favor large corporations, at the expense of local farms and economies. Can you imagine a world without small farms?
- They're complicit in perpetuating the brutal conditions facing farmworkers.
I could go on. (And I probably will in future posts because food politics and labor issues are matters near and dear to my conception of feminism.)
But instead please go learn about the campaign being organized by the United Farm Workers about Whole Foods that demostrates -- yet again -- where their values lie.