The Amazon Prime credit card will start giving 5 percent back on Whole Foods purchases

And non-Prime members with the regular Amazon Rewards Visa card will earn 3 percent back.

The Amazon-ification of Whole Foods continues.

Starting on Tuesday, Whole Foods shoppers who pay with the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card will earn 5 percent back at the grocery chain’s U.S. stores.

Amazon customers who aren’t Prime members, but who pay with the regular Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card, will earn 3 percent back.

When Amazon purchased Whole Foods for $ 14 billion last year, it promised that the Prime shipping and entertainment membership program would become the loyalty program of Whole Foods, too.

Earlier this month, it started delivering on that promise by offering free two-hour delivery from Whole Foods to Prime members in four cities. This week’s announcement marks another big step, and likely not the last.

The company is hoping that the perks will get more Prime members shopping from Whole Foods, and get existing customers to shop more frequently. Amazon also likely saves some money on credit card fees when Whole Foods customers pay with one of its branded cards than with another credit card.

Amazon has made some other moves since the takeover. In August, Amazon cut prices of some Whole Foods bestsellers by as much as 43 percent. But by December, there were reports of some prices inching higher. The e-commerce giant has also started selling Amazon Echo devices inside Whole Foods stores.

It has also faced challenges. Whole Foods stores have faced food shortages that employees blame on a new inventory-management system.

Amazon cardholders who earn rewards at Whole Foods stores can choose to convert them into a statement credit or can redeem them online to make purchases on Amazon or on other eligible sites.

Amazon customers who have the Amazon Prime Store Card — not the Amazon Rewards Visa credit card — won’t earn money back at Whole Foods. The company would not say why.

Some other credit cards — such as the American Express Blue Cash Preferred Card — give as much as 6 percent back for grocery store purchases. But that one, in particular, comes with a $ 95 annual fee.


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The EPA’s Pollution Estimates Are Way Off. That’s Bad News for Our Future.

Emissions factors are a metric used by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to gauge the effect that power plants, oil refineries, and other sites of industry are having on the atmosphere. The problem? The numbers are far from accurate. Worse, they’re being used in ways that were never intended.

As per Scientific American:

The original aim had been to paint a broad-brush picture of pollution. Instead, the numbers—meant to represent average emissions from industrial activities—were incorporated into permits stipulating how much pollution individual facilities could release. This happened despite EPA warnings that about half of these sites would discharge more than the models predicted.

Here are some of the stomach-churning substances that are tracked by emissions factors: ammonia, a cause of algal blooms capable of killing off marine life; methane, a potent greenhouse gas; and benzene, a known carcinogen.

Emissions factors can be a good compass when we just need a broad estimate of what’s in the fumes our chimneys belch out. However, we’ve already seen how things can go pear-shaped when they’re used for other purposes.

Scientists believe that many metropolitan areas in the U.S. may have overshot their ozone targets because they were measuring them against emissions factors. For example, when the city of Houston ditched those metrics in favor of direct monitoring, it found that levels of organic compounds in the air were 10 to 100 times higher than expected.

In light of this new information, Houston’s ozone production rates dropped by 50 percent in just six years. Emissions factors were, essentially, leading the city on a wild goose chase.

As cities throughout the U.S. begin setting targets to reduce their footprint, imagine what would happen if emissions factors were used to set greenhouse gas emissions limits. The new policies would be way off the mark from the outset. Relying on these metrics means we’re firing blind, and with our future on the line.

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