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what's to talk about? what i did on my summer vacation. yawn.
Believe me, there is not one altruistic bone in Walmart's body so why would anyone even think of giving them a shiny gold star for this pathetic marketing ploy. In response to:
I Bought This Head of Local Lettuce at Walmart
Posted by Adam Borowitz on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Wanna know how Walmart really treats their suppliers? Ask one of them sometime. You will hear horror stories about how Walmart buyers grind suppliers down on their prices mercilessly and then want even more concessions. How can a small grower wanting to sell labor intensive organic or pesticide-free produce possibly afford to sell at a profit? Walmart will only buy from suppliers who are willing to sell to them at absolute rock bottom prices and justifies that onerous demand by claiming the seller makes his profit on volume. So the hapless supplier agrees and gets the golden opportunity to work his butt off 7 days a week only to earn a subsistence level income while Walmart does nothing and collects all the real profit. These are the standard conditions Walmart (and every other predator multinational retail outlet like them) makes of ALL their suppliers yet there are stupid slobs out there who buy into this draconian bargain with it’s profitless conditions for a chance to eke out a living. Reminds me of the quote about the guy who says that he doesn’t lose that much on each sale but plans to make up for it on volume.
And one final comment. Care to guess what the wages & working conditions are for the people who harvested and packed that head of “locally grown” lettuce from Salinas which found it’s way to the Walmart in Tucson? I didn’t think so. Better not to know except I’m pretty sure you can’t raise a family on it unless they all work there which they probably do.
No one benefits from these deplorable business practices except the Walton family. So screw 'em. Buy local produce grown by local farmers and pay a little more. Would you accept less for the fruits of your labor than you think it’s worth?
Are you smarter than a 5th grader?
Aug 5, 2010
I am so glad someone is giving this ugly truth some exposure. I have railed for some time about the fact that the reason the "fast food" joints can offer a hamburger for a buck is because of toothless regulation and lobbying by the meat suppliers that allows them to serve meat that has been gassed with ammonia to kill pathogens that could not have been used even for pet food a few years ago. And this practice is certainly not limited to those places. Ever wonder what the meat quality is in that can of chili you just served your kids? This has been the "dirty little secret" the food industry would rather you not know for too long. Thanks for sounding the alarm and giving people more incentive to eat local, sustainable and healthier food.
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