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Whole Foods founder blames obesity crisis on ‘ignorance,’ not food prices — ‘We’ve opened stores in poor areas’


The Whole Foods founder just said a mouthful.

John Mackey fat-shames the world in a wide-ranging New York Times interview that hit Thursday, blaming “poor decisions” — and not healthy food prices — for feeding the obesity epidemic, which in turn is making the coronavirus pandemic worse, he says.

“I don’t think there’s an access problem,” said Mackey — even though a Morgan Stanley note last year found that Whole Foods prices were 15% higher than those at a typical grocery store, driven by a 30% premium on proteins, like meat. (Hence the derisive “Whole Paycheck” moniker some shoppers have given to the upscale store specializing in organic…


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