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(Slate)   It's time to play America's favorite game show, "What Products Sold at Wal-Mart Would Be Banned at Whole Foods." Coming up next on The Hipster Channel   (slate.com) divider line 65
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2014-02-19 08:15:43 AM  
I thought Yuppies and Suburbanites shopped at Whole Foods, not Hipsters.
 
2014-02-19 08:40:09 AM  

Pocket Ninja: I thought Yuppies and Suburbanites shopped at Whole Foods, not Hipsters.


Hipsters shop at WF because they yearn to become Yuppies and Suburbanites.
 
2014-02-19 08:40:19 AM  

Pocket Ninja: I thought Yuppies and Suburbanites shopped at Whole Foods, not Hipsters.


"Hipster" just means "anyone who thinks they're better than me."
 
2014-02-19 08:40:21 AM  
Tune in next week for foods that Whole foods sells that are equivalent to the foods they so self righteously banned.
 
2014-02-19 08:43:07 AM  
So fark hates McDonalds because it is unhealthy and shows no corporate responsibility to customers but hates whole foods because they attempt to ban unhealthy products and that shows that they are snobbish?   Pick one, you morons.
 
2014-02-19 08:43:39 AM  

Pocket Ninja: I thought Yuppies and Suburbanites shopped at Whole Foods, not Hipsters.


Gotta blame someone.
 
2014-02-19 08:46:09 AM  

Egoy3k: So fark hates


Yep.
 
2014-02-19 08:46:53 AM  

sendtodave: Pocket Ninja: I thought Yuppies and Suburbanites shopped at Whole Foods, not Hipsters.

"Hipster" just means "anyone who thinks they're better than me."


Mormons are Hipsters?
Mind blown.
 
2014-02-19 08:47:40 AM  
I've never even seen one of these "Whole Foods" stores. What the hell does that even mean?
 
2014-02-19 08:47:41 AM  
How do you know someone works/shops at Whole Foods?

Don't worry, they'll tell you.
 
2014-02-19 08:48:57 AM  
The whole problem boils down to greasy salami.
 
2014-02-19 08:50:08 AM  
Also, I work for Kroger, and this line about this Whole Foods place being "making it the largest grocery store in the country and indeed the world. " is absolutely 100% false, Kroger is the largest grocery retailer, and second largest retailer overall behind Wal-Mart and slightly ahead of Home Depot, and this place is not even in the top 10
 
2014-02-19 08:50:21 AM  

Egoy3k: So fark hates McDonalds because it is unhealthy and shows no corporate responsibility to customers but hates whole foods because they attempt to ban unhealthy products and that shows that they are snobbish?   Pick one, you morons.


Why can't we hate both everthing?
 
2014-02-19 08:51:30 AM  

vudukungfu: sendtodave: Pocket Ninja: I thought Yuppies and Suburbanites shopped at Whole Foods, not Hipsters.

"Hipster" just means "anyone who thinks they're better than me."

Mormons are Hipsters?
Mind blown.


You got funnied.
 
2014-02-19 08:51:45 AM  
Eh, I think some of Whole Foods rules are arbitrary and nonsensical (such as no MSG, which is a perfectly acceptable ingredient in a lot of Asian food) but whatever, their store their rules.

I wish I had one nearby because they do carry a lot of specialty ingredients and high end products you won't find at Publix.
 
2014-02-19 08:52:14 AM  

Pick: The whole problem boils down to greasy salami.


Greasy Salami is my Queen cover band.
 
2014-02-19 08:52:37 AM  

Egoy3k: So fark hates McDonalds because it is unhealthy and shows no corporate responsibility to customers but hates whole foods because they attempt to ban unhealthy products and that shows that they are snobbish?   Pick one, you morons.


Do you have any references explaining why the ingredients on their "black list" are inherently unhealthy, or are you just blindly trusting a retail corporation to tell you what's safe to ingest and what isn't?
 
2014-02-19 08:57:10 AM  
Short version:

Whole Foods has a limited selection, and probably doesn't carry what you really want to buy.
 
2014-02-19 08:57:18 AM  

ChrisDe: Egoy3k: So fark hates McDonalds because it is unhealthy and shows no corporate responsibility to customers but hates whole foods because they attempt to ban unhealthy products and that shows that they are snobbish?   Pick one, you morons.

Why can't we hate both everthing?


What is the one type of person we hate the most at Fark? Hipsters.  What do you call someone who hates everything? A hipster.
 
2014-02-19 09:00:13 AM  

Egoy3k: ChrisDe: Egoy3k: So fark hates McDonalds because it is unhealthy and shows no corporate responsibility to customers but hates whole foods because they attempt to ban unhealthy products and that shows that they are snobbish?   Pick one, you morons.

Why can't we hate both everthing?

What is the one type of person we hate the most at Fark? Hipsters.  What do you call someone who hates everything? A hipster.


But hipsters hated everything before it was cool.
 
2014-02-19 09:01:19 AM  

ransack.: Egoy3k: So fark hates McDonalds because it is unhealthy and shows no corporate responsibility to customers but hates whole foods because they attempt to ban unhealthy products and that shows that they are snobbish?   Pick one, you morons.

Do you have any references explaining why the ingredients on their "black list" are inherently unhealthy, or are you just blindly trusting a retail corporation to tell you what's safe to ingest and what isn't?


No, and no.  Whole foods doesn't operate in rural Nova Scotia so I don't really care.  I never made the claim that they were correct, in fact I used the word attempt because I have no idea what the banned list actually accomplishes.  My point is unchanged though, because the hatred isn't about the effectiveness of their purchasing plan it's about their purchasing plan being 'uppity'.
 
2014-02-19 09:05:11 AM  

ransack.: I've never even seen one of these "Whole Foods" stores. What the hell does that even mean?


Think of Whole Foods as a Krogers were everything is labelled to show its pedigree.  "Organic Onions hand picked by Well Paid Laborers $10/lb"

Now, imagine Kroger customers moving slowly through the store asking you whether these beans can be used in a veggie chili that includes Thai spices.  And you would know the answer or at least be able to lie convincingly.

Lastly, imagine the check out lane at Kroger where the cashier scans a pint of milk and the display says "Milk-Pint $7.50" and the customer not screaming :"How can you do this to me?  I have to work three hours to pay for something like that!"  Instead, the customer says "Humph.  Daddy wants me to eat good.  I guess his credit card can take one more."
 
2014-02-19 09:07:46 AM  
rich people walk like this

poor people walk like this
 
2014-02-19 09:08:01 AM  
You say that like it's some kind of problem, submitter? I probably wasn't going to buy most of the stuff at Wal-Mart anyway. Guess that makes me a hipster. I'll go get my horn-rimmed glasses and my fixie now.
 
2014-02-19 09:08:34 AM  
Does Wal-Mart contain potassium benzoate?
 
2014-02-19 09:10:50 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: Eh, I think some of Whole Foods rules are arbitrary and nonsensical (such as no MSG, which is a perfectly acceptable ingredient in a lot of Asian food) but whatever, their store their rules.

I wish I had one nearby because they do carry a lot of specialty ingredients and high end products you won't find at Publix.


I wonder if MSG would sell at Whole Foods if they labeled it as "seaweed extract", "aji no moto", or "essence of taste"?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monosodium_glutamate#History
 
2014-02-19 09:17:33 AM  

ransack.: Also, I work for Kroger, and this line about this Whole Foods place being "making it the largest grocery store in the country and indeed the world. " is absolutely 100% false, Kroger is the largest grocery retailer, and second largest retailer overall behind Wal-Mart and slightly ahead of Home Depot, and this place is not even in the top 10


That line was talking about walmart not whole paycheck
 
2014-02-19 09:17:42 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: ransack.: I've never even seen one of these "Whole Foods" stores. What the hell does that even mean?

Think of Whole Foods as a Krogers were everything is labelled to show its pedigree.  "Organic Onions hand picked by Well Paid Laborers $10/lb"

Now, imagine Kroger customers moving slowly through the store asking you whether these beans can be used in a veggie chili that includes Thai spices.  And you would know the answer or at least be able to lie convincingly.

Lastly, imagine the check out lane at Kroger where the cashier scans a pint of milk and the display says "Milk-Pint $7.50" and the customer not screaming :"How can you do this to me?  I have to work three hours to pay for something like that!"  Instead, the customer says "Humph.  Daddy wants me to eat good.  I guess his credit card can take one more."


Wow, it's not often I think about how lucky I am to work at Kroger. My customers biatch about milk for $2.89/gal
 
2014-02-19 09:19:26 AM  

cardex: ransack.: Also, I work for Kroger, and this line about this Whole Foods place being "making it the largest grocery store in the country and indeed the world. " is absolutely 100% false, Kroger is the largest grocery retailer, and second largest retailer overall behind Wal-Mart and slightly ahead of Home Depot, and this place is not even in the top 10

That line was talking about walmart not whole paycheck


Well.. it's still wrong. Kroger is #1 grocery retailer since 2008. Wal-Mart is still #1 in retail overall though.
 
2014-02-19 09:21:58 AM  
I shop at HyVee for the free samples.
 
2014-02-19 09:22:04 AM  
Whole Foods and Wally World carry different products? Color me shocked. It's almost like they are catering to different shoppers.
 
2014-02-19 09:22:10 AM  
MSG,

I'm not surprised to read that a bunch of lib hipsters would hate the secret ingredient of our beloved Chick-Fil-A.
 
2014-02-19 09:23:15 AM  

ransack.: I've never even seen one of these "Whole Foods" stores. What the hell does that even mean?



Whole foods is an up scale grocery store that sells minimually processed products. they sell a lot of organic foods, and socially responsible foods.  They wont sell fois gras, or meat from cloned animals, live lobsters etc.

/oh yea, you sound fat.

/I keed.
 
2014-02-19 09:31:22 AM  
I went to whole foods once out of curiousity. The closest one to me is over an hour away. I know walmart has the "people of walmart" stigma, but whole foods has its own breed. I don't know if they are hipsters, yuppies, or whatever but I am pretty sure they could sense that I didn't belong. Maybe it was my lack of reusable shopping bags, the look of confusion on my face when I turned each corner to find 47 versions of lentils, or my eyes popping out of my head everytime I read a price. Either way they knew I wasn't one of them and hrumpfffed at me accordingly. One time was enough.
 
2014-02-19 09:36:02 AM  
ransack.:

Do you have any references explaining why the ingredients on their "black list" are inherently unhealthy, or are you just blindly trusting a retail corporation to tell you what's safe to ingest and what isn't?


I don't know if  "blindly trusting" is the right term.  They're not selling anything that the FDA hasn't approved. I dounbt you have any ill effects, other than a reduced bank account from shopping at Whole Foods.    But maybe if someone thinks that everything at Whole Foods is good for them, well, that's pretty ignorant.

What I do like is they research how the product is made and the ingredients.  Wheat bread is a great example. The loaf of wheat bread you buy at Walmart isn't signicantly any healther than the white bread.  While Whoel foods will stock wheat bread that hasn't had syrups and sugars added to it to enhance the flavor and texture.

BTW I don't shop at Whole Foods or any so called "health store". If you shop smart there's plenty of healthy choices at your run of the mill average supermarket. I'm smart enough to know that cookies, chips, soda aren't smart foods without having to shop at a store that refuses to sell them.
 
2014-02-19 09:37:22 AM  

ransack.: Also, I work for Kroger, and this line about this Whole Foods place being "making it the largest grocery store in the country and indeed the world. " is absolutely 100% false, Kroger is the largest grocery retailer, and second largest retailer overall behind Wal-Mart and slightly ahead of Home Depot, and this place is not even in the top 10


A lot of people wouldn't know that though since Kroger operates stores under different names around the country.
 
2014-02-19 09:38:50 AM  
Colleague of mine brought some great tasting bread to work from Whole Foods called "seed-uction" bread. All the staff liked it and she exclaimed, "I know! And it was only $4.99 a loaf!"

She got teased the rest of the day.
 
2014-02-19 09:43:10 AM  

MetryPapi: Colleague of mine brought some great tasting bread to work from Whole Foods called "seed-uction" bread. All the staff liked it and she exclaimed, "I know! And it was only $4.99 a loaf!"

She got teased the rest of the day.


$5.00 for a loaf of bakery bread isn't unreasonable around here.
 
2014-02-19 09:45:19 AM  

ransack.: Egoy3k: So fark hates McDonalds because it is unhealthy and shows no corporate responsibility to customers but hates whole foods because they attempt to ban unhealthy products and that shows that they are snobbish?   Pick one, you morons.

Do you have any references explaining why the ingredients on their "black list" are inherently unhealthy, or are you just blindly trusting a retail corporation to tell you what's safe to ingest and what isn't?


Did Jenny McCarthy helped create the list?
 
2014-02-19 09:45:26 AM  
Because companies are know for their complete honesty about what they put in their products.
 
2014-02-19 09:46:14 AM  
The WalMart down the road got a grocery section last year... I was actually impressed by the value of their produce... can't beat an economy of that scale.

But, just like any grocery store, you are playing with fire if you shop in the aisles. Stick to the outer perimeter of the store where ever possible and you'll avoid most of the crap this article talks about.
 
2014-02-19 09:46:18 AM  
I like Whole Foods, but I also like MSG. As far as I know there's no research showing it's actually dangerous. Luckily I can get a big bag of it at the Indian grocery store.
 
2014-02-19 09:46:36 AM  
I was disappointed to see Whole Foods selling Orangina and not the French version.  The US version has HFCS and tastes like syrupy ass.

For the haters, I challenge you to find anyone listed on a Walmart Bingo card inside a Whole Foods Market.  Difficulty: no selfies.
 
2014-02-19 09:51:18 AM  

stonelotus: I was disappointed to see Whole Foods selling Orangina and not the French version.  The US version has HFCS and tastes like syrupy ass.

For the haters, I challenge you to find anyone listed on a Walmart Bingo card inside a Whole Foods Market.  Difficulty: no selfies.


Nectar of the gods HFCS or not. The local grocery store here has begun stocking it.  I brought some home one day and showed my wife, hoping that she would be as childishly excited as I was, and she had never heard of it.
 
2014-02-19 09:51:31 AM  

ransack.: cardex: ransack.: Also, I work for Kroger, and this line about this Whole Foods place being "making it the largest grocery store in the country and indeed the world. " is absolutely 100% false, Kroger is the largest grocery retailer, and second largest retailer overall behind Wal-Mart and slightly ahead of Home Depot, and this place is not even in the top 10

That line was talking about walmart not whole paycheck

Well.. it's still wrong. Kroger is #1 grocery retailer since 2008. Wal-Mart is still #1 in retail overall though.


That same paragraph says it is the largest by number of stores selling food not total food sales. Walmart has 3000 stores kroger has 2500
 
2014-02-19 09:51:54 AM  
Let me guess, it's all the junk food.

*scan article*

Yep, big farking surprise. They could have pick any random grocery store and came up with the same percentage.
 
2014-02-19 09:53:02 AM  
MSG is just a purified version of an amino acid, and vanillin is the actual vanilla flavor.  So what they are banning is the "pure" version of these while allowing the impure natural mixtures.  The chemicals are the same but the methods of preparation are different
 
2014-02-19 09:57:49 AM  

Egoy3k: So fark hates McDonalds because it is unhealthy and shows no corporate responsibility to customers but hates whole foods because they attempt to ban unhealthy products and that shows that they are snobbish?   Pick one, you morons.


Bojangles......
 
2014-02-19 10:05:15 AM  

Egoy3k: So fark hates McDonalds because it is unhealthy and shows no corporate responsibility to customers but hates whole foods because they attempt to ban unhealthy products and that shows that they are snobbish?   Pick one, you morons.


i.imgur.com
 
2014-02-19 10:07:46 AM  
You can tell which way the article is slanted simply by looking at the picture.

Guess what? Wal-mart has a produce aisle and Whole Foods sells sugary drinks and bagged salty snacks too.

Instead we'll juxtapose Whole Foods fresh vegetables with a lady buying a bunch of potato chips.

www.slate.com
 
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