Whole Foods: Set Environmental Standards for Meat
McWholeFoods Polluting Meat
Whole Foods has no environmental standards for their meat, and in fact buys from some of the most polluting and environmental destructive companies on earth like Tyson and Cargill (which are the same used by McDonald's). Industrial meat production has a larger environmental impact than nearly any other human activity, consuming around 80% of global agricultural land, causing 60% of global biodiversity loss due to deforestation and other ecosytem clearance, driving nearly a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions, and is the single largest source of water pollution across the United States. The bulk of this destruction comes from the corn and soy used to raise meat as well as the huge quantities of manure and methane coming out of factory farms.
It is possible to produce food without destroying the environment, but major industrial meat suppliers like Tyson and Cargill are refusing to take responsibility for improving farming practices in their supply chain. As a major meat buyer with a brand built on promising high quality food from responsible suppliers, Whole Foods has a responsibility to hold its meat suppliers accountable for improving farming practices around sourcing feed and managing manure in order to protect the environment and integrity of its brand.
Amazon recently acquired Whole Foods, and needs to ensure Whole Foods maintains the integrity of its brand that made it a valuable acquisition in the first place.