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Dec 29, 2013 11:55 AM

How much choice do we really have?

I am just printing this story out as I write this so I haven't yet read it and don't have an opinion. It just seems important to look beneath the names and labels and have a more complete idea of what's going on.

The old adage about not having all your eggs in one basket leaps to mind. Are we all vulnerable if we are dependent on far fewer food suppliers that we assume?


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  1. It's a fascinating but unsurprising read, and lamentable.

    But you can extend the same modus operandi out to almost any industry now, unfortunately...


    1. 58,000 square feet is the size of the most recent grocery store to open in my area. The public has flocked to this store daily. It's not a new chain, it's not offering anything new to customers but the lure of grocery malls is far from over. Leaving the Goliath's even more power than before.

      1. Not trying to sound smug, but I am so glad to have changed my eating, cooking and buying habits years ago. Mostly organic and local and ethnic. But I have a lot of choices where I live. Some folks are not so fortunate. What really struck me in that I don't buy almost everything on those lists.

        This is one area where I am happy that I don't relate to this at all.

        1. Since economy of scale is a huge factor in reducing prices, I have little worry about our food sources.

          And the significant downsizing of US Steel and A&P Foods did not impact the availability of steel or groceries in the USA.

          Just a thought. Something quickly fills a market void.

          1. Many consumers (still) believe bigger is better and/or believe if you pay a great deal more for something it must be "the best."

            If you have the option of pricing around for the foods you buy and really focus on what you're buying with your money, you'll see that bigger isn't always better or best.

            Marketing to the masses is where most food operators are focusing their investments. Once they have you, god help you. It takes willpower to retain choice.