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The <b>Do Not Shop</b> at Walmart, Whole Foods, or any Big Box Corporation that is selling organic! They are all the same: Evil Siblings!!<br><br><br><br><b>Wake Up USA!! What is the difference? I don't see it.</b><br><br><br><br><b>Walmart</b> exploits poorer communities and sells **** at low prices. They buy most of their F&V from China and other third world countries and they are trying to add "organics" to their product line. I don't know if any of their prepared food is old and outdated because I haven't had a meaningful conversation with any Walmart employees. This is because they hire a workforce that either can't speak english, has a low IQ, or are very old - all in the name of being able to have low, low everyday prices by exploiting their workforce and keeping wages so low that most of their employees get public assistance (that means your tax dollars pays the wages of Walmart employees). They hire illegals from subcontracted cleaning companies. They are trying to get a toe-hold into more affluent areas with their marketing ploy and so they are selectively modifying prices based on geographic area to maximizes profits. They use morally repugnant methods to squash workers from unionizing. Stock prices have been falling. They are a big box corporation.<br><br><br><br><b>Whole Foods</b> exploits affluent communities and sells **** at high prices. While at one point, their products might have been predominantly organic, they have added so much conventional food that hardly any products are organic. Natural beef & chicken is NOT organic, just so you know. They buy a huge chunk of their products from all over the world and who knows if THAT **** is really organic or not (but interestingly - not in the name or in the spirit of free-trade - just check it out). So in essence, the WF shopper is getting screwed royally - kind of like paying excessive prices for bottled water, only to find out it's really just tap water after all. Plus, and this comes from word of mouth from SO many employees & ex-employees of WF (no, not all of them are disgruntled) - the prepared foods come from meat, chicken, pork & fish, fruits, veggies, etc... that are out of date, old, and stink, and from breads, cheeses, that are moldy. Ex-employeees talk about how disgusting the prepared foods are and how no employees would ever eat it since they know it's made of outdated, rotten food. They also hire illegals from subcontracted cleaning companies. They are trying to get a toe-hold into more modest areas with their marketing ploy. By selling out and no longer selling fresh, local, organic foods, they are trying to capture a greater marketshare to maximize profits and they hope that their old reputation and their current slick PR marketing strategies will keep the old-time regulars & others - those who care about healthy, organic food and are willing to pay more for quality foods - in the dark. They use morally repugnant methods to squash workers from unionizing. They are a big box corporation. They also gagged their stockholders at their own meeting, stock has been falling since december 2005 and traders have been recommending to NOT buy stock in this company.<br><br><br><br><b>What can you do?</b> First, educate yourself about the truth. Why? Because only you can make change happen. You can do something right now. Change your spending habits. Only money talks when it comes to Big Box Corporations. Don't shop there and spread the word. Talking to management will get you nowhere - just a song and a dance. ONLY your hard earned $$$ mean anything to Big Box Corporations. That is where the consumer has the ultimate power to change things. So buy your produce locally. If you look, you'll find all kinds of alternatives, often at better prices AND truly healthy, organic or grass-fed. Your local farmers will treat you right and will be greatly appreciative of your patronage - which is unlike Walmart or Whole Foods, who both don't give a **** about your needs or your health - they just want your $$$.<br><br><b>Here's info freely accessible on the Internet:</b><br><br><br><br>
Aug 4, 2006<br><br>
Mary Cotton<br><br>
Weymouth, MA<br><br>
As a whole foods longtime and current employee I am concerned about the company, we have moved away from one of our core values, we are not selling the higest quality products as when we first started,did you know that the seafood department, the meat department have only a 1% loss budget,,that means they are only allowed to lose 1% of what they bring in,,what happens to the rest of the stale out of code meat and seafood? they season it, or put sauce on it and continue to sell it,,the bakery leaves products in the case untill they mold,,mold is the current pull date,,prepared foods is the worst,,anything too bad to sell gets cooked up and sold in prepared foods,,the employees do not eat there. It would be soo bad for someone with a comprimised immune system to eat anything from whole foods,,they simply do not allow us to throw out anything, they place the stores in rich areas where people think they are really buying something good for themselves, and getting better quality, when really they would do better and buy fresher food shopping at the local grocery store.<br><br>
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A friend of mine worked there for the first 8 months it was open, and everything the orginal poster said about the quality of food there is true. Said friend knew of 15 cases of food poisoning from the prepared foods section of the store. The quality sucks, everything is over-priced, and you've got a 50/50 chance of getting food poisoning. **** Whole Foods.<br><br><br><br>
Also read this by Phil Town:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://philtown.typepad.com/phil_towns_blog/2005/06/getting_out_of_.html" target="_blank">http://philtown.typepad.com/phil_tow...g_out_of_.html</a><br><br><br><br>
How about this??<br><br>
Bad News For Whole Foods (NASDAQ: WFMI) Says Market Timer Frank Kollar<br><br>
August 1, 2006 (FinancialWire) (By Frank Kollar)<br><br>
Shares of Whole Foods Market Inc (NASDAQ: WFMI) plunged 10% in after-market trading Monday when the natural foods grocer announced less than expected quarterly results.<br><br>
But Whole Foods has been declining since December 2005. In fact shares have lost 34% since then. Mondays quarterly report should not have been news to anyone watching this stock decline day after day.<br><br>
Several weeks ago we wrote about Whole Foods. We said if shares prices declined below $56.12 they would quickly drop to $54.70. Apparently that happened in only a few minutes after the close Monday. The next target for Whole Foods is all the way down at $45.64. Unless you are a short trader, we suggest staying far away from this stock until the trend reverses.<br><br><br><br>
And this:<br><br>
March 10, 2006<br><br>
Whole Foods Market Gags Shareowners at Annual Meeting<br><br>
by Bill Baue<br><br>
A leader on corporate social responsibility, Whole Foods lags on corporate governance by stymieing shareowner democracy.<br><br><br><br>
SocialFunds.com -- Shareowner activists suffered a setback on Monday at the annual meeting of Whole Foods Market (ticker: WFMI) when the company widely admired as a leader on corporate social responsibility (CSR) silenced shareowners. Instead of allowing shareowners to present their resolutions when the item came up on the formal agenda included in the proxy, the company shuffled discussion of resolutions to the informal question and answer session, after votes on resolutions had been counted. Indeed, the company's webcast of the meeting ends abruptly after CEO John Mackey announces that all three shareowner resolutions "failed," with no word from shareowners included in the audio file.<br><br>
"Given that the annual shareholder meeting is the one time each year that top executives and directors have to show up and be accountable to shareholders, it is unconscionable for companies not to allow proponents to make a short statement in support of their proposals," said Beth Young, senior research associate for The Corporate Library (TCL), which assesses corporate governance. TCL recently downgraded Whole Foods from "A" to "C" on its Board Effectiveness Rating, which covers "shareholder responsiveness."<br><br><br><br>
The move may have even flouted US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations, which state, "Rule 14a-8(h)(3) requires that the shareholder or his or her qualified representative attend the shareholders' meeting to present the proposal."<br><br>
"In our view, Whole Foods' practices clearly conflict with SEC regulations, because proponents are required to be present to 'move' their proposals," said Bruce Herbert, president of Newground Social Investment, a socially responsible investing (SRI) firm. "It is either a misguided decision based on a lack of knowledge, or a display of arrogance based on ego--either way, it does not reflect well on the company."<br><br>
"It also seems to flatly contradict the company's pledge to 'recognize everyone's right to be listened to and heard regardless of their point of view,'" Mr. Herbert told SocialFunds.com. "Whole Foods should recognize that any company that presents itself as socially responsible, as it does, is an easy target for a cynical press and public when it fails to uphold reasonable standards of corporate practice."<br><br><br><br>
However, Whole Foods seems to be taking a head-in-the-sand approach. Company spokesperson Kate Lowery did not respond to SocialFunds.com's requests for commentary--including an explanation of how denying shareowners time to speak represents social responsibility, sustainability, and corporate governance best practice.<br><br><br><br>
During the Q&A session, <b>the representative for the Green Century Balanced Fund (GCBLX), which filed a resolution asking the company to report on alternatives to packaging with toxic endocrine disruptors, voiced disappointment with how the company was running the meeting. Mr. Mackey responded by recommending that "if he didn't like it, he should buy stock in a different company,"</b><br><br><br><br><b>Don't keep your head in the sand when it comes to this stuff! Things can change - One person, one meal at a time.</b>
 
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