I am terrified of swarms of bees, but also of no more bees. A Providence Whole Foods recently showed customers what the produce section would look like if there were no more bees to pollinate food producing trees and plants. I actually would have thought the impact would be greater, but 52% of the products is still a big deal.
One of every three bites of food comes from plants pollinated by honeybees and other pollinators. Yet, major declines in bee populations threaten the availability of many fresh ingredients consumers rely on for their dinner tables.
To raise awareness of just how crucial pollinators are to our food system, the University Heights Whole Foods Market store temporarily removed all produce that comes from plants dependent on pollinators. They pulled from shelves 237 of 453 products – 52 percent of the department’s normal product mix.
As Emdash said last week some folks are boycotting Whole Foods for some dumb things that Whole Foods CEO John Mackey said regarding the current health care debate. To completely destroy my credibility, I don’t think I actually read what he wrote, so take this with a bag of salt (that you may or may not buy at Whole Foods). I’ll only reiterate that I’m not boycotting Whole Foods, I don’t shop there because I don’t like it. You know who else isn’t boycotting Whole Foods? Michael Pollan:
So Mackey is wrong on health care, but Whole Foods is often right about food, and their support for the farmers matters more to me than the political views of their founder. I havenâ€™t examined the political views of all the retailers who feed me, but I can imagine having a lot of eating problems if I make them a litmus test.
Via HuffPo and Joe.
Photo by Flickr user JOE M500
I’m honestly confused about why I’m not supposed to shop there. I understand that CEO John Mackey is kind of a libertarian goofball and that he’s recently expressed opinions about health care reform that are consistent with his goofball libertarianism.
But: is Whole Foods, as a corporation, lobbying against health care reform? I haven’t seen any reporting that this is happening. Are we honestly boycotting Whole Foods in an attempt to change John Mackey’s mind? That seems like a pretty unlikely outcome, and a pretty staggeringly disproportional tactic.
Who cares what the guy says in the Wall Street Journal? And why should I base my grocery shopping on it?