The Walmartification Of The Organic Food Industry

Organic Food Industry and How it Has Changed – 1995-2007

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13 comments

  1. Walmart….. yup. On one hand, it’s bringing to the forefront the need for more organic farming practices to happen. That we’re way over-doing it with the pesticides and the factory farms.

    The problem is, as with anything sold at Walmart, is that they drive down the prices so low, that no one will make a profit except Walmart. Especially not family farms. Especially not any of the middle men. Ultimately, the quality of the product gets degraded too much.

    Have you read “The Walmart Effect”? I recommend.

  2. My concern is that big companies like Clorox –

    http://www.clorox.com/products/overview.php?prod_id=gwhttp://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/eeffe922a687433c85257359003f5340/c803f5a433567467852573b4006b2dbc!OpenDocument

    or Nestle http://www.sustainableindustries.com/breakingnews/7192496.html
    http://www.cspinet.org/new/200702011.html will attempt to “greenwash” their public image.

    Bread = bad, Organic bread = good
    Bleach = bad, Green cleaners = good

    good = $$$

  3. hey thanks for the link. you put together all that info much better than i did. i just thought the graphic i posted was helpful. nice work. jesus would be proud 😉

  4. fabulous, important information. Thank you for the effort and intelligence. Time to get real with what we are putting in our mouths – it’s buyer beware and now we know why, who, where and how much.

  5. Great charts on this page, thanks for sharing.

    To your point, additionally, some of the larger players are doing organic “lite”, delivering against the minimum requirements for organic.

    In Denmark, I believe they have digital disclosure, whereby all the information about the grower is on the barcode. If this were rigorously applied, it might help. But you could see the major player still lobbying in the background against this, or the labeling standards being compromised.

    I have an innate mistrust of the big industry players in organic food, and
    I try to support local organic farms, small players who I know face to face at the London markets.

    Patricia Libertini

  6. thanks for the very informative post on orangic food. i don’t shop at walmart and are they really starting to sell organic food? wow.. but still doesn’t change my mind about going there though. lol.

  7. Walmart could be my first choice for organic foods, but they don’t carry enough variety. I think it’s nice that they have pretty low prices on their selection, but it isn’t diverse enough. They could make a lot more money if they A. Hired more people to check you out, and B. had a better selection of organic foods. Kudos.
    -Kenzie
    Propane Burners

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