Published on: March 9, 2022
With brief, occasional, italicized and sometimes gratuitous commentary…
• From USA Today:
"After Evan Seyfried died last year, his family filed a lawsuit against his employer, Kroger, saying he was driven to suicide by harassment from his managers.
"Wednesday marks the anniversary of his death. The group 'Justice for Evan' has planned in-person protests in 15 cities, including Cincinnati, and online events in three more.
"Jana Murphy leads the group and said Seyfried's death put a spotlight on workplace harassment and 'organization mobbing' … Since Seyfried's death, Murphy said hundreds of people have come forward with similar stories of their workplaces.
"'He was bullied by his manager. He was mobbed by Kroger,' Murphy said. 'His death was 100% preventable.'
"She said Seyfried was a whistleblower and followed all the proper corporate channels to report the abuse he was experiencing, but Kroger did not protect him. These accusations are reflected with the wrongful death lawsuit still pending before the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court."
In a statement released Tuesday, Kroger officials said: "The Kroger family is saddened by the loss of our associate, Evan Seyfried, and extend our condolences to his family and friends. Because this is a matter of active litigation, we are not able to comment further."
• Publix Super Markets reportedly has decided to end the sale of coconut milk from major producer Chaokoh, after a campaign by people for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) revealed the use of chained and caged monkeys in Thailand’s coconut-picking industry.
“A life as a chained-up coconut-picking machine is no life at all for a monkey, who needs to play, eat, and explore with family members,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Since PETA exposés have confirmed cover-ups of cruelty on coconut farms, no company with a conscience can keep supporting Chaokoh, and Publix should be commended for taking action to help monkeys.”
• Nutrition guidance program Guiding Stars said this week that it is adjusting its algorithms so that "drink options that are calorie free, like water and seltzer, are now eligible to earn stars … Examples of new star-earning beverages include water, seltzers, unsweetened teas, unsweetened coffee, coconut water, kombucha and 100% juices."
Guiding Stars’ nutrition guidance icons are assigned to products based on their nutritional value, with one-star for good, two-stars for better, and three-stars for best. The company says that the system is being used at more than 2,000 grocery retail stores, including Ahold Delhaize-owned stores in the US.
I've always been a fan of the Guiding Stars system, but it never really occurred to me until now that the algorithms, the way they were written, were weighted in favor of products that are seen as being good for you, and did not include products that are not bad for you. Seems reasonable to me, in a world with so many choices, to broaden the definitions and give shoppers more choices.