The New Yorker did a piece on the CEO of Whole Foods John Mackey a few years ago in 2010. It was an eye-opening expose for me, a committed liberal and environmentalist, who just assumed that Whole Foods — with all its organic foods, and seemingly whole-hippie/New Age-y mindset — was liberal and environmentally aware too. It can be found here:
So it’s now well documented that Whole Foods is anything but a crunchy-granola, natural foods store for hippies. Mackey had sold Whole Foods out years ago. It’s even public.
Then this week hits. And Mackey, a self-described libertarian (!) has already caused controversy by calling the completely constitutional (thanks Justice John Roberts) Obamacare “fascism.” But another report comes out today that Mackey, already skeptical that climate change is substantially human-caused, has gone on-record saying that climate change might actually be good for the planet (even with multi-billion dollar superstorms like Sandy, etc.). (He said much the same thing in the New Yorker profile.)
Contrary to what has been written about me I am not a “climate-change skeptic.” Climate change is clearly occurring, and based on what I have read global temperatures have increased about 1.5 degrees Celsius over the past 150 years.
We’ve been in a gradual warming trend since the ending of the “Little Ice Age” in about 1870, and climate change is perfectly natural and not necessarily bad. In general, most of humanity tends to flourish more when global temperatures are in a warming trend and I believe we will be able to successfully adapt to gradually rising temperatures. What I am opposed to is trying to stop virtually all economic progress because of the fear of climate change. I would hate to see billions of people condemned to remain in poverty because of climate-change fears.
Sorry, that’s a rather typical view of someone who’s a zealous advocate for unfettered, unchecked capitalism, not to mention a libertarian. (Sorry, but there’s always something a little “off” about them.) But nobody’s advocating stopping all economic progress. Give me a break. But let’s just do what smartly, huh?
I don’t shop at Whole Foods anyway, mostly because I find their food pretty bland, but I also know that his whole hippie/environmental vibe is sort of just marketing kitsch now. But now that I know even more about the CEO behind this brand, I’ll boycott the faux-hippie store forever. And I’ll let them know it!
And as somebody commented on this article below, “Yeah, that’s why I don’t take advice from a college drop-out who runs a grocery store.”
You said it.
Here’s a link to the story:
- Whole Foods CEO: ‘climate change is not necessarily bad’ (guardian.co.uk)
- Whole Foods CEO Welcomes Climate Change, Warns of Fascism (motherjones.com)
Also, try this: