AUSTIN, Texas (April 19, 2005) Whole Foods Market, the world's leading natural and organic food supermarket, tops the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) list of commercial green power purchasers, second only to Johnson & Johnson, and is sixth in the complete list of top 25 EPA green power partners.

  “This ranking is possible because of the commitment of our Team Members who have made green energy purchasing a priority at Whole Foods Market,” said Michael Besancon, Whole Foods Market Southern Pacific regional president and Green Mission task force leader. “We all appreciate the dedication and drive of everyone who continues to keep Whole Foods Market's green mission and our commitment to environmental stewardship top of mind.”

Whole Foods Market currently utilizes 20 percent or more than 70,000 megawatt hours of a variety of renewable energy forms that include wind, solar, geothermal, and small-hydro. Nearly 50 percent of Whole Foods Market's green power purchases come from wind power.

Central to Whole Foods Market's core values is caring about our communities and our environment, and this includes respecting our environment and utilizing wise environmental practices.