Whole Foods Warns Icelandic Government of Boycott - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Whole Foods Warns Icelandic Government of Boycott

Published March 23, 2009

The popular organic supermarket chain Whole Foods has sent a
statement to the Icelandic government warning of a complete boycott on
Icelandic products due to Iceland’s practice of commercial whaling.
AC Gallo, the assistant president of the chain, sent a letter to
Minister of Fisheries Steingrímur J. Sigfússon announcing the decision.

“Whole Foods Market is a mission-driven company committed to
environmental sustainability and stewardship of our planet, with a wide
customer base with like-minded values,” reads the statement in part.
“We are deeply disturbed by the former Minister of Fisheries and
Agriculture’s decision to authorize the hunting of sei whales and minke
whales over the next five years, along with a dramatic increase in
Iceland’s whaling quota.”
“We will continue to sell products from specific Icelandic producers,
as we realize that they are not directly involved in whaling and should
not be punished as a result of the government’s policy. However, our
customer stakeholders are highly educated and environmentally aware,
and we believe that if Iceland continues its current stance on whaling
that the demand for Icelandic products in our stores will decline
forcing us to seek out alternative product sources from other
countries.”
The statement in its entirety can be read here.

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