Why Walmart’s Death Grip on Our Food System Is Intensifying Poverty

Date: 27 Mar 2013 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When Michelle Obama visited a Walmart in Springfield, Missouri, a few weeks ago to praise the company’s efforts to sell healthier food, she did not say why she chose a store in Springfield of all cities. But, in ways that Obama surely did not intend, it was a fitting choice. This Midwestern city provides a chilling look at where Walmart wants to take our food system. … Read More

Randy Caviness and Community Wind in Iowa – Episode 4 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 7 Mar 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Community wind projects are relatively rare, but allow numerous investors to share in the financial benefits of owning wind power. After the 2008 financial crisis, several projects were successful, tapping limited-time-only federal tax incentives. In March 2013, John Farrell and … Read More

How Walmart is Devouring the Food System (Infographic)

Date: 1 Dec 2012 | posted in: Retail | 16 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Walmart now captures $1 of every $4 Americans spend on groceries. It’s on track to claim one-third of food sales within five years. Here’s a look at how Walmart has dramatically altered the food system — triggering massive consolidation, driving down prices to farmers, and leaving more families struggling to afford healthy food.… Read More

Whole Foods: The Local Face of a Mega-Retailer

Date: 2 Sep 2007 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Interviews with 18 local suppliers—who produce everything from fresh vegetables, dairy products and meat, to prepared and processed foods—raise serious questions about Whole Foods’ commitment to promoting local food. While some farmers and vendors reported a positive experience, many have encountered corporate policies that impede, and even undermine, their success. … Read More

New Code Won’t Break British Chains’ Armlock on Farmers

Date: 2 Mar 2002 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

British farmers and environmentalists are irate over the government’s new regulations governing the way major supermarket chains deal with their suppliers. The binding Code of Practice was issued in November after an extensive study found that the major supermarket chains routinely use their market power to squeeze farmers, undermine competition, and harm the public interest. … Read More