s skippy the bush kangaroo: whole bunch of nuttiness

skippy the bush kangaroo

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

whole bunch of nuttiness

coming from the whole foods ceo. you know...the guy who was caught hyping the company stock on yahoo finance boards anonymously while slamming competitor wild oats (which he eventually bought and got in ftc trouble.) seems he's drunk on the right wingers koolaid punch.
while we clearly need health-care reform, the last thing our country needs is a massive new health-care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health-care system. instead, we should be trying to achieve reforms by moving in the opposite direction—toward less government control and more individual empowerment. - wsj
mr. mackey...you are selling a bunch of junk with your misleading mistatements on healthcare reform.
when whole foods arrived in the uk two years ago it was hailed as a mecca for those determined to follow a healthy diet. but today the struggling us store's chief executive will probably want to eat his words after admitting that, alongside the organic carrots and bags of granola, the shops "sell a bunch of junk". - guardian uk

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 2:05 PM |


good job, Skippy. you are so right, of course.

commented by Blogger PFL0W, 3:00 PM PDT  
Yea.... We should not be wasting hundreds of billions of dollars..... on wars!!!
commented by Blogger Fran, 5:29 PM PDT  
I disagree with him about health care, but I agree with what he says about selling junk and understand where he is coming from. I don't think we should adopt the MSM technique of taking a remark out of context and away from understanding. Whole Foods does sell candy and other garbage. They aren't a charity and they need to compete and so they need to carry the whole range of items that people buy when they go to a supermarket. In context, he goes on to explain that the stores will try to educate people better on what is and is not junk and how to eat a healthier diet. I like that.

Mrs DBK and I buy our fruits and vegetables at the farmer's market in Minneapolis on Saturday mornings. Local and fresh and great prices. I got some lovely brussels sprouts, carrots, and a terrific cabbage there last Saturday, all grown within an hour's drive of the market. You know how the stem on things like cabbage and lettuce looks dried out and sometimes rusty where it was cut when you buy it in the supermarket? That cabbage (it's been cooked already) had a stem that looked like it had been cut about an hour before I bought it. Big cabbage, too (three or four night's worth of vegetables for the two of us, and we eat a lot of vegetables) and it cost $2. Cooked it up in a pot with olive oil, onions, celery salt, and black pepper. Delicious.
commented by Blogger DBK, 8:07 AM PDT  
True that, DBK. As much as I want to shop at a place like Whole Foods, the reality is it's still a corporate box store.

Farmer's markets are busting out all over now. Everyone should be able to find one close by that has fresh and organic goodies galore.

In my neighborhood, I have four in easy driving distance. One, up in the Highlands, has a great butcher shop attached with organic and grass fed meats. The produce isn't the bland warehouse-gassed crap that Safeway and QFC (Krugers) give us, it's ripened on the vine, good for only a few days, get it while it good, at excellent prices. This, of course, supplements what I've been growing myself.

I'm stocking up on veggies that I can cut up and freeze for this winter. That way I can stay clear of the produce nightmare at the box stores.

Example: I bought an apple at the Safeway in Wenatchee, WA. The orchard it came from was no more than 2 miles from the store. But when I bought it, it had almost 3000 miles on it.

It was picked, then taken to a warehouse five miles from the orchard, then shipped to a distributor in Yakima 100 miles away. From there it went to the Safeway Distribution Center in Oakland, CA. Our little apple then came back up I-5 to the warehouses in Bellevue, outside of Seattle, and from there back to Wenatchee 120 miles away.

Shop Local!
commented by Blogger David Aquarius, 11:00 AM PDT  

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