Whole Foods Prison Cheese

Whole Foods Cheese Is Made Using Prison Labor

Whole Foods shoppers who imagine that their expensive artisanal cheese is made on a quaint rural farm by happy workers may be surprised to discover that the cheese is really made by prison inmates. According to Fortune, Colorado cheese maker Haystack Mountain gets their milk from a goat farm run by Colorado Corrections Industries (CCI), where 1,000 goats are milked by six inmates twice a day. This is becoming a commonplace practice, as “nationwide 63,032 inmates produce more than $2 billion worth of products a year,” according to Forbes.

And it’s not just license plates that are being made in prison. Today, inmates “produce apple juice, raise tilapia, milk cows and goats, grow flowers, and manage vineyards.” CCI pays only 60 cents per hour for the inmates’ labor, although some manage to earn a whopping $3-400 a month. These extremely low wages have drawn fire from many critics, who feel that inmates are being exploited by being paid so little to make pricey consumer commodities.

Now, a Whole Foods cheese shopper not only has to consider what kind of cheese they want, but also whether they believe prison labor is giving an inmate a chance to learn some life skills, or exploiting them to make a quick buck.

Related Posts

News
News

Kevin Gates Will Return to Prison

Video
Video

Alabama Inmates Film Most Illegal Mannequin Challenge Ever

Crime
Crime

Ramen Has Become The Top Currency in Prison

Food/Drink
Food/Drink

Here’s How to Make the Goodfellas Prison Pasta Sauce

News
News

No Charges For Florida Prison Guards Who Scalded Schizophrenic Inmate To Death

Ad

Latest News

Momo PIxel's 'Hair Nah' Hey, You're Cool

Hey, You’re Cool! Momo Pixel, Creator of ‘Hair Nah!’ Video Game

"I was trying to explain how it feels when people touch your hair"
jay-z lebron james king new york News

JAY-Z Gets LeBron Back for That Whole “King of New York” Thing

"I'm the king of Cleveland now!"
marshawn-lynch News

Trump: Marshawn Lynch Should Be Suspended for National Anthem Protest in Mexico

Oh shut up
Waka Flocka Flame and Pete Rock Music

Pete Rock And Waka Flocka Flame Agree — Hip Hop Could Be Better

Waka loves the kids, Pete Rock loves the culture...and somehow that equals beef.
ol-dirty-bastard Features

The Best 36 Ol’ Dirty Bastard Solo Cuts, Ranked.

There is no father
Ruste Juxx Music

PREMIERE: Ruste Juxx & The Last Composer ft. Flashius Clayton “Never Ran Never W...

"Boom, bang, bang, bang!"
the rare n.e.r.d adidas hu nmd's which sell for thousands of dollars on the resale market Style

Craigslist Sneaker Reseller Robbed at Gunpoint of $6,000 N*E*R*D Adidas

Congratulations, you played yourself
doe boy Video

Open Space: Doe Boy

"All my fans like me for that gangsta shit and that's what I'm back on."
russell simmons News

Russell Simmons Denies Sexually Assaulting Model Keri Claussen Khalighi

The Def Jam co-founder says everything was consensual
Keak the Sneak Music Video

PREMIERE: Keak Da Sneak ft. Ike Dola “Zippin” Video

Keak straight whippin'
jaden-smith-lr Reviews

Jaden Smith Gets Serious About Rap On ‘SYRE’

Will Smith’s son drops New Age mumbo jumbo for real talk
method man Features

The Best 36 Method Man Solo Cuts, Ranked

Gunnin', hummin', comin' at ya!
drake News

Beef No More: Drake Shouts Out “Free Meek Mill” During Concert

Is it the start of their reconciliation?
charles-manson News

Charles Manson, Notorious Cult Leader, Is Dead

The strange saga of America's most famous killer comes to an end
xavier wulf Music

Xavier Wulf’s “Check It Out” Is Hard And As Memphis As It Gets

Tear da club up
Jean Rodriguez Hey, You're Cool

Hey, You’re Cool! Singer-Songwriter Jean Rodríguez

“So I’m telling this perfect vocalist [Beyoncé] to do something over and over—we had to make sure the accent was perfect”