I just attempted for the second time to post something at the Whole Foods blog and am not sure that I was successful for whatever reason. The comment was in response to a piece that John Mackey (CEO and founder of Whole Foods) posted last year. While I'm sure that the article and the responses to it are well-intended, the entire process does nothing to move society in a comprehensive direction. My response follows:
One of the problems with the current paradigm is that it is difficult to be flexible. For example, the supermarket industry is ineffective in that the system requires large parking lots, lots of packaging, and lots of people stocking shelves and operating scanners. There is a better model of providing quality food. The system would operate similar to a spa with kitchen gardens and fresh food. Team members -- I prefer the term partners -- would be involved in the hands-on production of food and the gourmet preparation of the the same.
I would like to see someone like Whole Foods come out and say that we need to re-think the entire system. Instead, we are able to only nibble at the edges of the comprehensive changes that are required. If Whole Foods said tomorrow that they were going to get into the spa business, the stock price would probably plummet. Notwithstanding the initial shock, it is the right thing to do.