Petition to John Mackey, Jim Nielsen, Dan Sanders, Walter Robb, Shahid (Hass) Hassan
Dear Whole Foods and Sprouts Farmers Market: Plant-Based Checkout Lines, please!
Dear Whole Foods and Sprouts Farmers Market: As a longtime Whole Foods and Sprouts Farmers Market customer who does not consume animal products I propose the idea of Whole Foods and Sprouts Farmers Market establishing a dedicated "Plant-Based Check Out" line intended for only plant-based or Vegan food items. Vegans don't like to be surrounded by items containing animals' flesh, chickens' eggs, or cows' breast secretions (dairy) because we are reminded of the devastation animal agriculture (including "grass-fed, free-range, organic") causes to the animals, the environment, our health, our economy, our ethics/logic systems and world hunger and war instead of world peace. In fact, we prefer to eliminate any cross contamination and seek to avoid those animal aisles completely, or what Vegans call "The Morgue". A dedicated "Plant-Based Check Out" line would demonstrate you are listening to the needs of your customers and would be in alignment with your respective mission and passion statements: "Whole Foods Market is a dynamic leader in the quality food business. We are a mission-driven company that aims to set the standards of excellence for food retailers. We are building a business in which high standards permeate all aspects of our company. Quality is a state of mind at Whole Foods Market.""At Sprouts, we believe healthy living is a journey and every meal is a choice. We love to inspire, educate and empower every person to eat healthier and live a better life. This isn't just a mission. It's our passion."With the incentive of having an exclusive checkout (like the HOV lane), people will become more cognizant of making Sustainable, environmentally-friendly, healthy and compassionate choices, while like-minded consumers will have the opportunity to connect with one another. Respectfully and compassionately yours, John BergdollKaren P. Call
Petition to Whole Foods, John Mackey, April Pierson
Stop Whole Foods from Evicting Brentwood Newsstand (Los Angeles)
Brentwood Newsstand is being evicted by Whole Foods Market on October 1, 2017. The newsstand has been an exemplary tenant in this location for more than 28 years. Of historic significance, the newsstand is the last of its kind on the Westside of Los Angeles. In an ugly display of corporate greed, Whole Foods, an $11 billion company, is bullying a small, local business, forcing it out of business. The newsstand is owned by Marck Sarfati. He opened the stand at this location in 1989. Marck is 66 years old. He lives with and cares for his father who is 96 years old, and a Holocaust survivor. The newsstand is the only source of income for Marck and his father, Nic Sarfati. Nic was captured by the Nazis and forced into a labor camp in Northern Greece when he was 21 years old. Nic's parents and sister, along with her husband and 6-month old baby were transported to Auschwitz and killed. Nic escaped, joined the partisans and fought the Nazis. After coming to the U.S. he owned the Beach House Market on the oceanfront in Venice Beach for 30 years (it's still there). Dissemination of news media, access to the free press is now more important than ever. Whole Foods cites phantom complaints from customers about "parking" for its decision to force the newsstand out of business. But parking hasn't been a problem in 28 years. Whole Foods' patronage continues to nosedive -- the store needs to blame someone for diminished sales, and they are scapegoating the newsstand. We, the undersigned, are concerned customers who strongly urge Whole Foods Market to allow Brentwood Newsstand to remain in its present location and continue serving our community, as it has done for many years. If Whole Foods forces the newsstand out of business, we will no longer patronize and encourage others to boycott Whole Foods Market.