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Whole Foods or Trader Joe's? 
27th-Sep-2013 01:08 pm
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Which one has a larger supply/variety of vegan-safe foods? My nearest Whole Foods is 39 minutes away and I love it. My nearest Trader Joe's is 35 minutes away but i've never been. Your thoughts on which is better?
27th-Sep-2013 08:13 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, well, they both have good options, but it's hard to say which is better. For fresh produce and ready-to-eat items, Whole Foods. For packaged foods, Trader Joe's. TJ's has a list of all their vegan products on their website, so maybe look at that and decide? In my experience, when shopping there w/o the list, they ruin a lot of almost vegan products by putting honey or milk as the only non-vegan ingredient.

It really just depends on what you're looking for! For me, Trader Joe's is more of a snack food shopping trip and Whole Foods is for healthy meal ingredient shopping.
28th-Sep-2013 12:51 am (UTC)
I checked their list a minute ago and yeah they have much less options than Whole Foods. Was really hoping it was the same since it's closer but I guess i'll have to keep driving to Whole Foods.
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28th-Sep-2013 12:43 am (UTC)
I buy a variety of things so i'm guessing Trader Joe's is a no go. I don't eat eggs or honey (only saying this because I know some vegans do) so I am guessing I wouldn't find anything I could eat there.
28th-Sep-2013 12:32 am (UTC)
Whole Foods is better, but Trader Joe's is MUCH cheaper. However, Trader Joe's Mediterranean Hummus could be considered a food group in and of itself. I used to live off of that stuff. I live in Korea now, and now I have a huge unfulfillable Trader Joe's hummus craving. Crying.
28th-Sep-2013 12:42 am (UTC)
haha i've never actually tried hummus :)
28th-Sep-2013 12:43 am (UTC)
Whoah - what???? Get yourself some hummus, stat!
28th-Sep-2013 12:52 am (UTC)
haha i've always wanted to try it but a tad scared. Which one is best?
28th-Sep-2013 04:54 am (UTC)
Hummus is very easy to make, by the way.
28th-Sep-2013 04:54 am (UTC)
I avoid WholeMart™ like the plague. Fortunately, I'm able to; I haven't even been to Trader Joe's in over six months, even though they have staple foods I pick up when I'm there—unsweetened soymilk, un-chik'n strips (which my cat loves, incidentally), and even dairy-free ice cream.

Which coast are you on? I hear the West Coast Trader Joe's are vegan-friendlier than the East Coast.
28th-Sep-2013 05:19 am (UTC)
Why do you avoid Whole Foods? I live in Texas, around the houston area.
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28th-Sep-2013 11:19 pm (UTC)
what do you mean by the dead animal section?
30th-Sep-2013 01:21 am (UTC)
meat aisle
30th-Sep-2013 03:19 am (UTC)
Remember when John Mackey, CEO of WholeMart™, was quoted as saying he didn't think healthcare was a human right? Well, there were a lot of protests launched around his statements, including this flashmob in Oakland, CA:

And yes, to call the meat department "Animal Compassion" is like, "wut?"
1st-Oct-2013 06:29 am (UTC)
Supposedly John Mackey is an ethical vegan. Which is like... what?

Also, we can't forget that many stores came from buyouts of locally owned co-ops and natural food stores, etc.

That video is pretty awesome, btw. Now that's a fuckin' protest.
30th-Sep-2013 01:22 am (UTC)
Kudos to you for staying away from Whole Foods.
30th-Sep-2013 02:40 am (UTC)
I don't get why Whole Foods is so bad?
30th-Sep-2013 02:48 am (UTC)
This guy is their CEO and he sets corporate policy based on his politics: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Mackey_%28businessman%29

See also: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/01/whole-foods-market-john-mackey-interview-conscious-capitalism and keep in mind the Mother Jones interviewer softballs it

And: http://socialistworker.org/2013/01/28/the-whole-truth-about-whole-foods

If you still think it's not bad after that... well, it's your dollar.
28th-Sep-2013 07:27 am (UTC)
Whole foods definitely has more variety. For example, they have tempeh in several different flavors, while trader joe's only carries one kind. But trader joe's is cheaper, so that's where I do most of my shopping.
28th-Sep-2013 11:20 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking of checking it out anyways later this week just to see what it's about.
28th-Sep-2013 09:09 am (UTC)
I live 1.5 miles from Whole Foods, but I still make the trek and do a mix of shopping between TJs and WF. Whole Foods is my "staples" place, where I buy the regular meal stuff, but TJs has good snack foods and they're WAY cheaper for "keep in the cupboard" stuff like baking supplies. I buy my oils at Tjs, for instance.
28th-Sep-2013 11:20 pm (UTC)
Lots of people have said they do that.
28th-Sep-2013 03:44 pm (UTC)
Trader Joe's has a limited selection, but phenomenal prices on what they do have. Whole Foods has a variety. I shop at Trader Joe's for pasta, nuts, dried fruit, tofu, frozen veggies and enchiladas, canned beans, wine, Earth Balance unless it is on sale elsewhere, chips, and hummus. I shop at my local co op for bulk items -beans, grains, flours, spices, and some produce, the farmer's market or my own garden for the rest of my produce, and Costco for soymilk, bread, peanut butter, and pasta sauce.
28th-Sep-2013 11:32 pm (UTC)
I've never been to a Co op or costco before. How do they work? Do you have to get a membership or something?
30th-Sep-2013 03:03 am (UTC)
I can't speak to Costco, but it varies from co-op to co-op. Most co-ops don't require a membership for you to shop there, though. Only way to find out is to see what's in your area and what their policy is.
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