Unlike the Washington Post which fabricates fictional “anonymous sources” and prints imaginary assertions as fact, I’m going to tell you up front that this is a rumor: Jeff Bezos is in bed with Monsanto, the rumor goes, and after purchasing Whole Foods, he’s going to reverse the food retailer’s commitment to label all GMOs across everything they sell by the year 2018 (which isn’t far away).
As you may recall, Whole Foods Market promised in 2013 that it would label GMOs on everything it sells by 2018. That date is rapidly approaching, and then out of the blue, Amazon buys Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion, creating what I call “the world’s largest marketplace of untested health products contaminated with heavy metals and pesticides.” (I’ve posted the lab test results proving that in the story link, above.)
Now, I’m being told by a source who claims to work in the Austin, Texas headquarters of Whole Foods Market that the promise to label all GMOs by 2018 is “looking like it’s going to be dropped” once Amazon takes charge. That’s just one fear among many that’s spreading like wildfire through the Whole Foods employee base. Another fear is that most Whole Foods workers will be replaced by robots, a fear that’s not without basis, given Jeff Bezos’ tendency to eliminate humans with as many automated systems as possible.
Jeff Bezos to turn Whole Foods into a GMO retailing hub run by robots?
Perhaps it’s all just irrational fear, but it has precedent in Bezos’ organizations. Bezos, after all, is into “drones and robots,” not human workers. If he can automate the humans out of Whole Foods Market, he’ll do so as quickly as possible. (Dang, there go the dreadlocks, nose piercings and neck tattoos on all the workers in the Austin Whole Foods!)
On the other hand, there might very well be a lot of truth to the rumor. Bezos, after all, appears to be 100% pro-Monsanto and pro-GMO. Amazon.com, after all, sells tens of thousands of food products made with unlabeled GMOs. His newspaper, the Washington Post, routinely promotes the interests of GMO and pesticide companies, attacking any concern about cancer-causing glyphosate herbicide as being “anti-science” or rooted in paranoia. Bezos doesn’t seem bothered one bit that the products he sells are poisoning his own customers and giving them cancer. To him, that’s just another business opportunity because Amazon is also getting into the pharmaceutical business, where he can earn profits selling customers the drugs used to treat the very diseases they acquired from eating weed killer-contaminated products they purchased from Amazon.com (glyphosate weedkiller is present in literally thousands of products sold by Amazon).
What isn’t a rumor is the fact that a pro-GMO globalist (Bezos) is now buying Whole Foods, a retailer whose customers despise GMOs and are counting on the retailer to label everything with its GMO status by 2018, just as the company promised in 2013. If Jeff Bezos reneges on that commitment, Whole Foods will betray its own customers and become a total joke to health-conscious consumers everywhere. The retailer will collapse, as it won’t really offer anything very different from shopping at Trader Joe’s or other retailers that are increasingly picking up non-GMO and organic products in a growing trend.
Jeff Bezos, in other words, could absolutely ruin Whole Foods Market… which won’t be hard, since Whole Foods management has nearly accomplished that task already. Far from making sure its products were clean and healthy, Whole Foods missed a huge opportunity years ago to conduct lab testing on its products and provide its customers with lab-validated products. Now, my own online store — the Health Ranger Store — is the only retailer that does that, and we continue to grow as a favorite online shopping destination for consumers who want lab-validated clean foods (rather than the illusion of clean foods offered by Whole Foods).
Jeff Bezos is a brutal capitalist, too, and that doesn’t sit will with the kind of progressives who frequent Whole Foods Market. Nearly the entire political Left in America today has rejected capitalism and prefers to embrace concepts like “community ownership” and “food co-ops” or even the idea that corporations only really exist to provide jobs to workers, not to innovate in ways that cause unemployment. Thus, the very philosophy of Whole Foods shoppers blatantly contradicts the business brutality of Jeff Bezos himself, an unapologetic capitalist and technology innovator who sees human employees as not merely expendable but undesirable. That’s why workers at Amazon.com warehouse describe their job hours as a “soul-crushing experience.”