John Mackey


John is the CEO of Whole Foods Market which he had co-founded in 1980. Named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003, Mackey is a strong supporter of free market economics. He is one of the most influential advocates in the movement for organic food.

  • Mathias

    While I fully appreciate the work John does and can relate to most of what he states in this interview, I can’t help but say that I find his view on the business ethics of the major oil&gas and pharmaceutical companies rather naïve, plain wishful thinking. Those companies and their owners (the major banks) define capitalism, and John will be hard put to purge the term capitalism of the evil that these global players have done and continue to do.
    Pharmaceutical companies are not interested in health, they are interested in sustaining illness and negative habits and creating addition. More accurately, they are actively and intentionally trying to supress any knowledge, method and drug that can actually heal people, because real healing undermines their business and reduces their profit. They do this by using their immense wealth to exert massive influence on medical education, effectively reducing it to biochemistry and surgery, ridiculing holistic alternatives and traditional healing arts by paid media disinformation, biased scientific research, forged statistics and negative peer reviews; by lobbying the lawmaking process to banish herbs, homeopathy and other cheap effective and unharming alternatives from the market and making the advertisement and spreading of alternatives difficult to illegal; by granting free stuff and equipment and training in fancy places to medical doctors and therapists.
    I have been into holistic healthcare for twenty years, spoken to doctors, therapists, practicioners and employees and witnessed this eroding influence on too many occasions.
    I also happen to professionally work with the big oil companies who are clients of my employer and use our equipment, so I may be better informed. They abide by the laws where the laws are strong and get enforced. But wherever and whenever they can get away with it, they don’t give a shit about environment and people. Watch what they do in countries and locations where the laws are flexible, where governments or law-enforcement can be bribed, where inspectors are buddies or overloaded, where locations are remote. Watch what happens in the oil fields of Kasakhstan and the African coast. Watch what happenens when they are refused licenses or a bold politician insists on a fair compensation for his country and people – they have their way of removing obstacles. Watch pollution from Fracking frenzy. Watch deepwater horizon: as soon as the public uproar has softened, politicians stand up against their electorate, and it’s drill-baby-drill as usual.
    So while we may need these guys for the time being, their doings need to be restricted by tight laws and their evil and destructive influence has to be named and publicly disclosed as much as possible, not viewed through pink glasses.

  • Mathias

    More things you never wanted to know about pharmaceutical companies, from an insider
    a true story about bribery, desinformation and deception and the deadly side effect of some of the most prescribed drugs