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Walmart's death grip on groceries is making life worse for millions of people

 
mrmuffins69
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Walmart's death grip on groceries is making life worse for millions of people
Walmart's growing control of our food system has been to intensify the rural and urban poverty that drives unhealthy food choices.

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.

Springfield is one of nearly 40 metro areas where Walmart now captures about half or more of consumer spending on groceries, according to Metro Market Studies. Springfield area residents spend just over $1 billion on groceries each year, and one of every two of those dollars flows into a Walmart cash register. The chain has 20 stores in the area and shows no signs of slowing its growth. Its latest proposal, a store just south of the city's downtown, has provoked widespread protest. Opponents say Walmart already has an overbearing presence in the region and argue that this new store would undermine nearby grocery stores, including a 63-year-old family-owned business which still provides delivery for its elderly customers. A few days before the First Lady's visit, the City Council voted 5-4 to approve what will be Walmart's 21st store in the


20 stores in the area? this is just insanity
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I use my dollars to Vote ALDI.
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It was the same store I shop in. Close to work and easy to pop into on the way home. Other grocery stores are nearby and a new Hy-Vee to be built in the area next year. Walmart' offers a choice and no one is forced to shop there. M. Obama praised it for it's healthy food choices. Guess that feels like a betrayal to you?
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Luckily here we have huge competition in the grocery realm:

the biggies:
Krogers
Wal-Mart
Giant Eagle
Meijer

Then we also have full size locally owned grocery stores (2 different chains), plus Aldi and Save-A-Lot (and the health food chains).

Here locally Wal Mart does NOT have the best prices and does NOT have the best quality food. I refuse to buy food there since I want to keep the other stores in business.
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We have Sprouts out West. Love that place.

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