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Welcome to 'Whole-Mart'

Excerpts from an article by Mark T. Harris, published on July 4th 2005 and to appear in an upcomming issue of Dissent Magazine. See Mark-T-Harris.com

From Wal-Mart to Whole Foods Market, it's the same story as retail chains push public relations and profits over decent jobs. But for natural foods giant Whole Foods, getting in touch with their "inner Wal-Mart" also means sacrificing any real vision of that shibboleth of today's eco-activists—a sustainable future.

"Where in our mission statement do we talk about trying to be liberal, progressive, or universal?"

-John Mackey, CEO, Whole Foods Market, 1991
A closer look at Whole Foods business practices and founder John Mackey's ideas about business and society reveals a vision not all that different from a McDonald's or a Wal-Mart. In fact, the company's business model is more or less the standard stuff of Fortune 500 ambition.

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