There is now a protest group on Facebook trying to rally the masses against a whole lot of different companies. But Whole Foods?
Yes, the green, high end grocer has vocal detractors and they're not upset about prices. The touchstone of the protest is an August 12th op-ed written in the Wall Street Journal by Whole Food's CEO and co-founder. In it, John Mackey weighs in on the debate over what to do (if anything) about America's ailing system of health care. John Mackey wrote, "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."
The group, "Boycott Whole Foods", is calling on folks to steer clear of supermarket. In the description on their page on Facebook they write: "John Mackey, CEO and co-founder of Whole Foods wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on August 12, 2009 quoting Margaret Thatcher and suggesting that healthcare is a commodity that only the rich, like him, deserve."
The group now has close to 17,000 followers. Intersting, Whole Foods has its own "group". They have more than 100,000 members.