Good Earth Natural Foods Co

★★★☆☆
  • 1966 Sir Francis Drake Blvd

    Fairfax, CA 94930

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  • 415-454-0123

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This is the best health food store west of San Rafael and, with that kind of monopoly, you can expect exploitative prices.
The owners used to be low-key post-hippies who probably felt a bit exploited by the status quo themselves. Then they relocated their business into a large, centrally-located building, other health-food stores in the area went out of business, and---voila! Can you say 'cash cow'?
Time for a payback in the exploitation department. Raise prices. Take advantage of your workers. Fatten the bottom line.
Now the owners can be seen driving around in their
BMW's and other late-model vehicles. But what's the big surprise? Hasn't anyone read Orwell's 'Animal Farm'?

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★★★☆☆

This is the best health food store west of San Rafael and, with that kind of monopoly, you can expect exploitative prices.
The owners used to be low-key post-hippies who probably felt a bit exploited by the status quo themselves. Then they relocated their business into a large, centrally-located building, other health-food stores in the area went out of business, and---voila! Can you say 'cash cow'?
Time for a payback in the exploitation department. Raise prices. Take advantage of your workers. Fatten the bottom line.
Now the owners can be seen driving around in their
BMW's and other late-model vehicles. But what's the big surprise? Hasn't anyone read Orwell's 'Animal Farm'?

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They have a great variety of natural foods and products, some that you can't find anywhere else. And they bake their own bread! My favorite is the spelt bread. Their food bar is also wonderful....delicious wholesome oatmeal with cranberries and such in the morning (other things as well), and some of the best vegetarian food I have EVER eaten. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. it is a great place to shop and also to just hang out and drink a cup o chai or other yummy beverage.

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★★★★★

They have a great variety of natural foods and products, some that you can't find anywhere else. And they bake their own bread! My favorite is the spelt bread. Their food bar is also wonderful....delicious wholesome oatmeal with cranberries and such in the morning (other things as well), and some of the best vegetarian food I have EVER eaten. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. it is a great place to shop and also to just hang out and drink a cup o chai or other yummy beverage.

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Good Earth Buys and sells some of the best food available anywhere. The original owners are more than fully comitted to organics; they have been instrumental in writing national and international organic standards. In this regard, they are unsurpassed. Anyone who eats organics owes them a debt of gratitude for their efforts.

Unfortunatley, their comittment to the human aspect of the equation is deficient. The management structure is virtually all white, all male ( it's Marin, what do you expect). Beyond numbers, the management culture is patriarchal. While they do give back "10%" of the "profits" to employess, that's about where the good will ends. Exploitive labor practices in the kitchen, uderpayed, latino men and women. generally, they treat what could be their greatest asset-their employees....poorly.
This place is a throw back to the 60's......the 60's stuff we can all do without. These guys don't get it that without human liberation the organic movement is greatly diminished.

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Good Earth Buys and sells some of the best food available anywhere. The original owners are more than fully comitted to organics; they have been instrumental in writing national and international organic standards. In this regard, they are unsurpassed. Anyone who eats organics owes them a debt of gratitude for their efforts.

Unfortunatley, their comittment to the human aspect of the equation is deficient. The management structure is virtually all white, all male ( it's Marin, what do you expect). Beyond numbers, the management culture is patriarchal. While they do give back "10%" of the "profits" to employess, that's about where the good will ends. Exploitive labor practices in the kitchen, uderpayed, latino men and women. generally, they treat what could be their greatest asset-their employees....poorly.
This place is a throw back to the 60's......the 60's stuff we can all do without. These guys don't get it that without human liberation the organic movement is greatly diminished.

Pros: Comittment to environment and organics

Cons: patriarchial manangement structure

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Dear Customers of Good Earth,

As a former employee of Good Earth (I left on my own volition), I would like to inform you of the real Good Earth, the one you just can't seem to see.
Although Good Earth is passionate about the environment, they do not seem to realize that the treatment of people equally has to be humane.
Not only has Good Earth over the past few years hired illegal immigrants with the intentions of paying them lower than "white man" wages but they have routinely fired each round of them to hire more at a new low first hire cost. How many old faces do you see when you walk through Good Earth? How about that friendly Mexican dude, is his still there? How much are they paying him? Would he go to the police if they treated him with prejudice or just flat out wrongfully let him go. Would Fairfax even notice?
Although many of the "Fairfaxians" are health conscious, environmentally conscious and extremely well educated individuals, Good Earth has been continuing to shock me as far as human relations within the store.
They have an extreme turn over rate, resulting in food safety violations due to new under-trained employee's. The owners make a huge amount of money and give 10% of the profits to the employee's, which is sweet but you have to have been working at the store for a year and only their buddies stay that long.
Most employees, if you take the time to ask them yourselves, will have a very dim look on the store, a place they only work at because there is simply no other alternative.
Good earth keeps their cost of employees low because they keep firing them and hiring new ones. Its pretty sad and it is an untold story because most of the victims are illegal immigrants the store willingly hires, who are afraid to fight bac

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Dear Customers of Good Earth,

As a former employee of Good Earth (I left on my own volition), I would like to inform you of the real Good Earth, the one you just can't seem to see.
Although Good Earth is passionate about the environment, they do not seem to realize that the treatment of people equally has to be humane.
Not only has Good Earth over the past few years hired illegal immigrants with the intentions of paying them lower than "white man" wages but they have routinely fired each round of them to hire more at a new low first hire cost. How many old faces do you see when you walk through Good Earth? How about that friendly Mexican dude, is his still there? How much are they paying him? Would he go to the police if they treated him with prejudice or just flat out wrongfully let him go. Would Fairfax even notice?
Although many of the "Fairfaxians" are health conscious, environmentally conscious and extremely well educated individuals, Good Earth has been continuing to shock me as far as human relations within the store.
They have an extreme turn over rate, resulting in food safety violations due to new under-trained employee's. The owners make a huge amount of money and give 10% of the profits to the employee's, which is sweet but you have to have been working at the store for a year and only their buddies stay that long.
Most employees, if you take the time to ask them yourselves, will have a very dim look on the store, a place they only work at because there is simply no other alternative.
Good earth keeps their cost of employees low because they keep firing them and hiring new ones. Its pretty sad and it is an untold story because most of the victims are illegal immigrants the store willingly hires, who are afraid to fight bac

Pros: Organic food, nice hangout spot for hippies, they really like white people and people with lots of money

Cons: They treat their workers horribly, they pay them low wages and fire them when they want a new batch, they treat latinos like dirt, the owners are selfish people.. but then again, who isn't?

 

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