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April 2011: "CIW has succeeded in getting Taco Bell, McDonald's, Subway and Burger King to support raising farmworker wages by a penny-per-pound and implementing protections against human trafficking, sexual harassment, and other forms of exploitation. They've also convinced major food service companies, including Aramark and Sodexo, as well as the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange, the largest tomato grower organization in Florida, to do the same. Now, they’re turning their attention to supermarkets (Whole Foods has supported CIW since 2008.)"

July 2007: Or so thought John Mackey, the chief executive of Whole Foods Market, who used a fictional identity on the Yahoo message boards for nearly eight years to assail competition and promote his supermarket chain’s stock, according to documents released last week by the Federal Trade Commission.

June 2007: The popular grocery chain Whole Foods Market (WFMI) charges handsomely for its all-natural and organic offerings—enough to be dubbed 'whole paycheck' by many wags. Now, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission charges that Whole Foods would boost prices even higher, while reducing the quality and services at its stores, if it's allowed to acquire chief rival Wild Oats Markets (OATS).

March 2007: • Whole Foods announced last week a $10 million low-interest loan program to help local farmers – as well as other efforts to get local products into their stores.


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Apr 21, 2011 Your tomato’s possible ties to slavery

QUOTE: More than 1,200 victims of human trafficking picking tomatoes in Florida's fields… These slaves often work for 10-12 hours a day, seven days a week… Tomato pickers in Florida are paid less than two pennies for each pound of tomatoes they pick.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Nov 19, 2008 City Room: Costco and Food Stamps

QUOTE: Farmers’ markets accept food stamps. The Harlem Fairway accepts food stamps. So does Trader Joe’s in Brooklyn. Even Whole Foods, which has been trying to shake that “Whole Paycheck” image, accepts food stamps. But Costco, the warehouse retailer that made its reputation as the anti-Wal-Mart, generous not only to Costco’s customers but to its workers as well, does not.

New York Times
Aug 19, 2007 Foul Call (The Ethicist)

QUOTE: [1] At my son’s Little League game, a foul ball sailed over the fence and shattered the window of a parked car...One parent argued that the hitters family should replace the window. Our family thinks the player and his parents have no such obligation...Who is right? [2] A journalism major at college, I was delighted to land an internship at a national magazine...My editor asked me to post comments on one of the magazine’s online a style that suggests I’m a reader. Advice?

New York Times
Jul 19, 2007 Major CEO Gaffes Call for Apology, Board Action

QUOTE: HOW DO PUBLIC COMPANIES and embarrassed execs take back control of their damaged reputations? Whole Foods (WFMI1) Chief Executive John Mackey is probably losing sleep over this very question .... [Michael] Robinson says it's crucial for management in crisis to not only apologize and work to fix the problem, but to outwardly demonstrate strong leadership.

Smart Money
Jul 16, 2007 The Hand That Controls the Sock Puppet Could Get Slapped

QUOTE: Successful executives like Mr. Mackey, whose company’s share price has risen fourfold since 2000, are apparently seduced by the Internet’s promise of anonymity and the temptation of joining heated rhetorical battles about the issues closest to their hearts — even when the law requires them to stay on the sidelines.

New York Times
Jun 06, 2007 No Wild Oats for Whole Foods? Regulators want to block the merger, claiming it's bad for consumers, but industry experts disagree, citing healthy competition

QUOTE: The FTC wants to block the $670 million deal announced in February on the grounds that it would prove anticompetitive and harm consumers.

May 31, 2007 Pepsi and Coke Agree to Stop Financing Research That Uses Animals

QUOTE: The two soft-drink giants are the latest companies to respond to scrutiny by PETA, which has mounted a campaign to expose animal testing practices in the beverage industry, an industry which unlike cosmetics or pharmaceuticals, had largely been a stealth operator in the animal testing arena.

New York Times
Apr 08, 2007 The Nation: Latte Laborers Take on a Latte-Liberal Business

QUOTE: ...the National Labor Relations Board’s New York office delivered a stinging accusation against one of the city’s — and the nation’s — most popular retail outlets. The labor board charged that Starbucks, the ubiquitous coffee chain, committed 30 violations of law in the process of trying to ward off union activity at four Manhattan outlets.

New York Times
Mar 29, 2007 Organic food? Sure, but is it cage-free?: Some US consumers want labels that tell if food is local and animals are treated humanely.

QUOTE: The movement, in one sense, is relatively tiny. The organic industry has been steadily growing at close to 20 percent a year, but it still encompasses only about 2.5 percent of all food sales, according to the most recent 2005 figures. A far smaller subset of consumers who buy organic also care about issues like buying local products or supporting fair-trade principles.

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 15, 2006 In Alaska, Surprise Resistance to Mine: Critics Say It Threatens Another Industry With Rich Tradition in State: Salmon Fishing

QUOTE: their main argument is that the mine threatens an established economic interest, salmon fishing: commercial, sport and subsistence. At the same time, they are battling tradition...mining has had a romantic history in Alaska, and the state regularly approves mining projects while charging minute royalties.

Washington Post