Don't Take It Out on the Arugula

Why it's wrongheaded to boycott Whole Foods to punish CEO
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2009 6:07 AM CDT
Customers shop at the newly opened Whole Foods Arroyo store Wednesday in Pasadena, Calif. in this Nov. 7, 2007 file photo.    (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, file)
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(Newser) – Boycotting Whole Foods is the wrong move for liberals irate about the politics of the company's CEO, Mary Schmich writes in the Chicago Tribune. Before joining Facebook boycott groups and denying themselves the company's farm-fed, fair-trade wares, angry customers should consider the difference between "a business's practices and a business chief's politics."

Libertarian CEO John Mackey sparked the boycott when he wrote in a Wall Street Journal editorial that health care is a commodity, not a right. Schmich doesn't like Mackey's "selfishly myopic" opinion but says it's "still OK to go to the salad bar," and boycotters should instead "use their energy to help explain to the public why he's wrong."