lawsuit: whole foods ‘organic’ china veggies from polluted prisons

you won’t hear about this in the ‘whole foods parking lot‘…
lawsuit: whole foods 'organic' china veggies from polluted prisonsfrom bloomberg: A Florida judge allowed a lawsuit to proceed that claims Whole Foods Market Inc. (WFMI) violated the state’s deceptive trade-practices law by selling frozen vegetables from China grown in a polluted region by prisoners and certified as organic. Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge Amy Steele Donner yesterday denied the grocery chain’s motion to dismiss the suit filed on behalf of the Southeast Consumer Alliance Inc., a non-profit organization based in Boca Raton, Florida. The suit claims that Whole Foods knew that its Silver River supplier, based in the Chinese province of Zhejiang, was actually a front company for a network of farms where Chinese prisoners are forced to work and that the farms are irrigated from a highly polluted river. The suit also claims that Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods knew that the company providing the initial organic certification is owned by the Chinese government, which also owns the farms, creating a conflict of interest. “They’re doing everything they can to conceal this bogus or shaky certification,” Bruce Baldwin, the group’s attorney, said. “Whole Foods brags about its social accountability audits of all of its foreign suppliers. So either they knew about these forced labor camps, or they didn’t actually check.”

4 responses to “lawsuit: whole foods ‘organic’ china veggies from polluted prisons”

  1. Kindred Spirit Avatar

    Another reason to buy local, and to follow the money. Thank you very much for posting this, and please keep giving us this important information so that we can protect ourselves and our families from the Food World Order.

  2. barbh Avatar

    I stopped shopping there when I heard of the owner's anti-union activities. I've found you can find everything you want at other stores – and usually at less cost.

  3. Natures Conspiracy Avatar

    Unfortunately as soon as you get big companies, you get greed and depersonalization. Buy local and talk to your farmer at the farmers market, or your local grocer about who and where he gets his food.

  4. Anonymous Avatar

    & U Dum-bo Neo-Green's thought U were eating Organic Produce from over-priced Whole Food'

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