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

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

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

How Walmart is Devouring the Food System (Infographic)

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

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

How San Francisco is Dealing With Chains

Date: 30 Aug 2012 | posted in: Retail | 6 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

San Francisco is home to more independent businesses than other big cities, thanks in part to a 2006 law than gives neighborhoods the power to reject “formula” retail stores and restaurants. But the policy has major gaps, which have opened the way for chains to slip into the city. City leaders are now looking to beef up the law. … Read More

Why is Michelle Obama’s food initiative promoting Walmart?

Date: 22 Jul 2011 | posted in: Retail | 6 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

I winced yesterday when James Gavin, chair of the Partnership for a Healthier America, said he’d like to see Walmart double its U.S. store count. He was speaking at Michelle Obama’s event announcing that several retailers will open stores in “food deserts.” It was a sort of half-jokey remark, but, still, in a conversation about food in America, the suggestion that Walmart should have an even bigger role in our food system is pretty disturbing. This is a company that already captures 25 percent of grocery sales nationally and more than 50 percent in some metro areas.… Read More

New Tool Helps Low-Income Communities Evaluate Food Retailers

Date: 28 Apr 2009 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

The newly published Sustainable Food Retail Framework aims to help cities struggling with a lack of grocery stores in low-income neighborhoods better balance the need to quickly fill the gaps (a mandate that often favors large supermarket chains) with the advantages of fostering development that delivers more long-term stability and greater economic, community, and environmental benefits (a framework that favors local business). … Read More