Organic food first appeared on our radar back in October of 2006. Since then, more than 50 stories have come under the organics category. Walmart has always seemed like an unlikely place to buy organic food (akin to buying solar panels from the Peabody Coal company) but I do believe the company is trying. I’ve […]
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So, Walmart, the largest food retailer in the United States (world?) has joined other corporate entities in pledging to only sell eggs from cage-free chickens by 2025. Good on you Walmart, but why in 2025? Why not next year? Perhaps the reason is that not enough egg producers exist for cage-free eggs? For years that […]
We could have easily predicted the ratings for Walmart shoppers as regards the meat department, but I’m frankly surprised that the Bentonvile Behemoth should score a rating of 64 our of 100, tying for last place with A&P and Waldbaums. If Walmart wants to hang a significant part of future profits on performance of the […]
Haven’t done one of these posts in a while, but thanks to the American Prospect I have the impetus: Most organic consumers know premiums for cleaner food are 10, 20, 50 percent — and can reach 500 percent or more — but this produce is also demanding for farmers to grow. It’s so expensive because […]
Climbing right over The People Of Walmart, the results of a University of Washington at Seattle study will surprise no one who follows food trends and Walmart, but having real data to back up what we might conclude anecdotally is encouraging. From MSNBC: The percentage of food shoppers who are obese is almost 10 times […]
I went to Colorado Springs last night to see “Fresh” (the movie). It has some similarities and interview subjects in common with the previously mentioned “Food, Inc.,” but unlike that otherwise excellent movie this one doesn’t suck up to Walmart. “Fresh” is an unrelenting attack on industrialized agriculture. It doesn’t matter if you put signs […]
One of the great aspects about the Web is how it brings together information that clicks. Consider the juxtaposition of John Stoll, Walmarts director of produce and Ignacio Galicia, a vegetable wholesaler in Mexico City’s central de abasto. From PRI’s The World: Mexico’s markets going mainstream Repeat after me: Too Big To Fail. For decades, […]
Yesterday I wrote that we need to stop thinking of the choice as being between Walmart and any other Big Box Retailer. Big, specially when it comes to foods that we feed ourselves and our children, does not equate to good for anyone. (Well, except for the corporations raking in the profits.) From The Cornucopia […]
I read The Atlantic story I posted about yesterday. Based on Cory Kummers words, I’d say he’s giving Walmart a C+/B- for its grocery aisles. I fault him for focusing so narrowly and not asking how Walmart helped to get us where we are today. From The Atlantic: In the grocery section of the Raynham […]
Cleveland is getting hammered by snow this morning, so I’m posting on the fly. I’ll read the entire Atlantic article at home and post more tomorrow. The Atlantic is a trusted publication, but I am skeptical. For now, here’s the accompanying video. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.
There’s another part of Ellen Ruppel Shell’s Cheap that I’ve been meaning to get write up here and it’s on one of my old favorite subjects of organic food (153-54): “Discounters generally offer less variety in any given category than do traditional stores. In one study of organic food, Wal-Mart, currently a leading seller (by […]
Walmart is mentioned once in this video: The really important message, however, is that everyone deserves organic, non-industrialized food, no matter where they think they have to shop for groceries.
I’ve been writing for some time that the current down turn is a perfect example of the continuing excesses of capitalism and not a correction. As in most similar cases a downturn causes the weakest firms to fail leaving fewer and larger firms remaining. What is different this time is that the governments (not just […]
First it was organics and then locally purchased. Both terms began as ways for people to identified foods they purchased for specific — mostly health and environmental — reasons. But marketers want to sell and for words to mean what they say they mean. From William Safire: As the economy began its downturn last year […]
Today was the end of Slow Food Nation ’08, created to organize the first-ever American collaborative gathering to unite the growing sustainable food movement…. The opening salvo of the Slow Food Movement’s campaign in the United States. And Walmart got a piece. Here’s what the Washington Post had to say: Wal-Mart announced last month that […]