Thursday, October 3, 2019

The Poor Man's Economic Sanctions: Boycott Whole Foods

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October 1-3, 2019

Clean cut WHITE MALE interviews for work at Whole Foods

"Got interviewed by two people at the same time.. both obvious diehard liberals. One a bull lesbian, the other a gauged ear hipster, both covered in tattoos. Me being a clean cut straight white male.. obviously I didn't even make it past 10 minutes.. another girl fitting their criteria, covered in tats, hired on the spot...

F*** this country [America] is going to sh*t faster than I can comprehend. . . . .

My comment: This event makes me seriously wonder if Whole Foods is really a trustworthy food provider. A few people out there are having doubts. If tats and African ear holes hit the list of job qualifications, and clean cut people are OUT, especially if they are WHITE, this particular incident makes me think the company may have a serious dilemma.

Yes, I hate it when a food company hires clean cut white males and would MUCH rather have my food handled by bull dykes, fags, and tatted up African ear hole dudes smoking hooch.


Source: Mercola

Whole Foods Withdraws Promise to Label GMOs


• In 2013, Whole Foods issued a statement saying all products in its U.S. and Canadian stores must be labeled to indicate if they contain GMOs; the labeling policy was scheduled to take effect September 1, 2018 On May 18, Whole Foods announced the GMO labeling requirement is being “paused” in response to concerns from suppliers about having to comply with both Whole Foods’ rules and those proposed by the USDA. No new deadline has been issued.

• If Whole Foods ends up adopting USDA rules, many GMO-containing foods will remain unlabeled, as USDA rules only require products created through transgenesis to be labeled as GMO USDA proposed rules for GMO labeling are unsatisfactory at best. It’s not even clear whether “highly refined foods” will be included in the standard, yet a majority of foods sold in grocery stores are highly refined, and are also the most likely to contain GMO ingredients.

• USDA is also not using any of the already familiar phrases such as "genetically modified," "genetically engineered" or GMO on the label. Instead, USDA is using the word "bioengineered" (BE) — a misleading phrase as it sounds far more natural than it is
By Dr. Mercola • July 18, 2018

While Whole Foods Market, founded in 1980, has been a leading retailer of organic produce in the U.S. for decades, the company has faced its share of criticism; in later years being accused of operating more like an industrial organic company rather than a local distributor of high-quality organic food.

In 2007, it bought its chief rival Wild Oats — an acquisition initially challenged by the Federal Trade Commission, which said the merger violated federal antitrust laws and provided Whole Foods unilateral market power that could raise prices and lower quality. The issue was eventually settled by selling off the Wild Oats brand and more than 30 physical store locations.1,2

Amazon Now Owns Whole Foods 
Last year, Amazon announced its intention to acquire Whole Foods Market and its 465 stores, a $13.7 billion deal that had food manufacturers quaking in their boots, while organic producers worried the deal might compromise and dilute organic food standards even further.3 The acquisition went through on August 28, 2017.4 Within two days of the merger, Whole Foods' store traffic rose by 25 percent. Within the first month, Amazon made $1.6 million off its online sales of Whole Foods private label products.

But while the success story of Whole Foods continues, questions about whether it's really socially commendable to shop at Whole Foods have festered well over a decade.5 The company has faced well-deserved criticism for its effects on employees by refusing unionization, the environment due to its limited supply of local produce, and its selling of questionable products such as items containing MSG and rBGH, making label scrutiny a necessity even here.

Like most large corporations, it has shareholders to contend with, and the company has been accused of cutting corners to make a profit on more than one occasion. This trend is unlikely to change with Amazon at the rudder. As a matter of fact, while Whole Foods has spent the last five years promoting its promise to implement a comprehensive labeling policy6 for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) — a promise that has been a major selling point to entice customer support — that plan has now been laid aside.

Whole Foods Reneges Its Promise to Implement GMO Labeling 
As reported by New Food Economy,7 Whole Foods' GMO labeling policy was scheduled to take effect September 1, 2018. However, in a May 18 email, Whole Foods president and CEO A.C. Gallo announced the company's labeling requirement is being "paused" in response to concerns from suppliers about having to comply with both Whole Foods' rules and those proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The public comment8 period ended July 3 and the final rule is expected to be delivered July 29.

"As the USDA finalizes the federal regulation in the coming months and the food industry assesses the impact, we do not want our Policy to pose further challenges for you and your business," Gallo writes. As reported by New Food Economy:
"As currently proposed, the USDA policy would make several substantive changes to the way GMOs have traditionally been defined by the food industry — starting with the terminology itself. The government's preferred nomenclature is 'bioengineered' (BE), which only refers to a food that has had another organism's genes spliced into it by a process called transgenesis. 
Other types of genetic modification, including some produced by gene-editing tools like CRISPR, would not need to be labeled. As currently written, Whole Foods' requirements would be more stringent than the proposed USDA rules in at least two significant ways. 
First, USDA has suggested letting companies label BE ingredients by QR code, meaning that customers would need to be directed to a website via smartphone to find out what's in their food … Whole Foods has never planned to allow QR codes to count as GMO disclosures … 
Second, USDA rules contain perplexing carveouts for meat products, which are regulated under a different system9,10 … Whole Foods now faces a choice: It can move forward with its original plan, or defer to the government's less comprehensive new rules."
Is Whole Foods Committing Fraud? 
As noted by New Food Economy, "All this begs a question: Is Whole Foods softening its commitment to GMO-labeling transparency?" The company promised its customers it would lead the way by labeling food sold in its stores in a clear and transparent manner. In fact, it was the first national grocery chain to make such a commitment, and many have patiently waited for the implementation of this promise, as it would set a new, higher standard for others to follow.

Transparent GMO labeling is also what more than 8 in 10 Americans want.11 If Whole Foods ends up adopting USDA rules, many GMO-containing foods will remain unlabeled, which is nothing short of unacceptable, especially for a company that claims to be a leader among organics. As noted in the featured article, "It would mean that a company that's long claimed the moral high ground would be no more transparent, as far as GMO labeling goes, than any other grocery store."

Whole Foods assured New Food Economy that it remains "committed to providing our customers with the level of transparency they want and expect from us and will continue to require suppliers to obtain third-party verification for non-GMO claims." But if that's the case, why has no new deadline for its GMO labeling been announced?

On March 8, 2013, Whole Foods issued a statement saying, "by 2018, all products in its U.S. and Canadian stores12 must be labeled to indicate if they contain GMOs. Whole Foods Market is the first national grocery chain to set a deadline for full GMO transparency. 'We are putting a stake in the ground on GMO labeling to support the consumer's right to know,' said Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market."

To me, it seems incredibly disingenuous to mislead and lie to customers for five years with a promise to be the first to really do the right thing, and then not follow through just because the government is working on rules that in no way, shape or form fulfill customers' expectations of transparent labeling. It is my sincere hope that some of you will be angered enough to file a class-action lawsuit against them for this injustice.
Please go to Mercola to read the entire article.

If consumers want to continue eating that farmed salmon shit, by all means, go for it:

GM-fed salmon are being trialled in GM-free Scotland

Chow down peasants. Yummy, all the GMO-laden farmed salmon you can eat:

"Eco friendly?" Wild salmon left to their own in their incredibly complex ecosystems is "eco friendly." Wtf?

Exclusive: Whole Foods Now Sells Its Most Eco-Friendly Farmed Salmon Ever

Wtf is right? That Whole Food's news was in 2016. Now have a look where Norwegian farmed salmon is headed with 60% of farmed salmon (submerged industrial feed lots) provided from Norway. This mass die off of salmon in Norway happened this past May, 2019. "Warm water" was the given reason but this needs more investigation as to the real reason these salmon died off.

Eight million salmon killed in a week by sudden surge of algae in Norway

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