Walmart Squeezes Organics



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When the news came out that

When the news came out that Walmart would be selling more organic food, I rolled my eyes a bunch! I don't shop at Walmart and it doesn't have anything to do with their merchandise, it's much more than that. It's the crappy wages, crappy hours, no health care, employees of Walmart living with government assistance (food stamps) that they in turn give straight back to Walmart when they shop there. It's the corporate welfare Walmart gets, the horrible megastore construction, etc. They can't whitewash their evil corporation.

Emily more than 2 years ago

Those are all excellent

Those are all excellent reasons for avoiding Walmart. It is far more of a job destroyer than a job creator. And, it creates poverty for most at the price of wealth for a very few.

Larry Motuz more than 2 years ago

I get your point, and I agree

I get your point, and I agree that the farmers need to make money, but as someone with a rather modest income who knows a lot of people with a paltry income, and who has clients who live in food deserts, I can only view this as welcome news. It is important to remember many people are struggling financially. We have a very large and diverse population in this country with very few people who want earn a living by farming (and I can't say as I blame them, it's hard work!), so unfortunately some of these systems are born out of necessity. Also, regarding your point about synthetic ingredients, I noticed this when reading the label for Whole Foods store brand Almond Milk. I wrote to the company asking why an organic product had synthetic Vitamin E. As it turns out, most Vitamin E is from corn and soy, so finding a Vitamin E oil that wasn't from a GMO was not only prohibitively expensive, but darn near impossible. It is important also to remember there are people who have no idea what organic even means. A friend of mine who coordinates food rescues for Chicago area food banks had a hard time distributing organic foods because many of the people in her neighborhood were unfamiliar with them and reluctant to try them. I was at an Aldi store in a poorer neighborhood and one of the patrons who was perusing their display of organic products asked me what organic meant. Putting organic food into the mainstream stores of America at an affordable price will raise awareness about organics and with awareness comes more demand which will ultimately help the small producer and help the overall diet of our population. Yes, I'd love it if that happened without corporate fat cats making money, but we don't live in a perfect world.

Eric more than 2 years ago

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