John Mackey, Whole Foods Market CEO, On 'Marrying' Amazon & The Future Of Food

mbg Founder & Co-CEO By Jason Wachob
mbg Founder & Co-CEO

Jason Wachob is the Founder and Co-CEO of mindbodygreen and the author of Wellth.

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It all started at a local co-op: the place where John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, realized the secret to a long and healthy life was eating real, whole foods. Since then he has revolutionized the way we think about food. An advocate of ethical meat consumption and a pioneer in food accessibility, he has inspired millions of people to eat healthier. In 2017, Mackey joined me on the mbg podcast to talk about how his entrepreneurial career and personal passions inspired his book The Whole Foods Diet: The Lifesaving Plan for Health and Longevity.

Now, more than a year later, we catch up on how the Whole Foods Market and Amazon merger went down and how two companies can "fall in love" and have a "happy marriage."

With almost 40 years at Whole Foods Market under his belt, Mackey shares what he thinks is next for plant-based diets and what food and health trends he sees on the horizon. We discuss cancer-preventing veggies and how to grow the right bacteria in your gut to handle particular foods. He also shares more about his personal food journey as a plant-based eater and how that has influenced his latest book, The Whole Foods Cookbook.

One thing is certain: Mackey is part of creating a healthier future armed with the Whole Foods Market mission and cutting-edge innovation. Don't miss this one; you'll leave excited about the future of food.

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