Whole Foods’ John Mackey on Why He Became a Vegan & Supporting Gary Johnson


Whole Foods CEO talks 2016 election and his new 365 grocery chain.

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“I actually think that a hundred years from now we’ll look back on the factory-farm era with the same kind of ethical revulsion that we look back on slavery,” says John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market and one of the producers of the new documentary At the Fork. “If I had my way when people finish watching that film, they’d be faced with an ethical dilemma which is: I’m not going to eat meat anymore or I’m only going to eat higher-animal-welfare meat.”

Mackey’s turn toward veganism began over a decade ago when activists protested an annual corporate meeting of Whole Foods. After studying the issue, Mackey gave up eating meat and has worked with Whole Foods’ meat suppliers to develop practices that treat livestock animals humanely.

Nick Gillespie sat down with Mackey at this year’s FreedomFest, the annual gathering of libertarians in Las Vegas, to discuss Mackey’s veganism and his new 365 grocery chain, which aims to bring customers high-quality products at lower prices. He also discussed the 2016 election and why he thinks Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are crony capitalists, why he supports Gary Johnson for president, and how the growing regulatory burden on American business is stunting innovation and growth.

About 24 minutes.

Produced by Alexis Garcia. Camera by Meredith Bragg, Austin Bragg, and Justin Monticello. Music by Podington Bear.

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