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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 21, 2013

Walmart’s Latest “Buy America” Sham

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/walmarts-latest-buy-america-sham/

In a way, Walmart’s Buy America program represents the home stretch of the economic transformation the company set in motion decades ago, when it set out to replace the American middle class, rooted in small business ownership and unionized jobs, with a vast underclass that has little choice but to rely on Walmart’s shoddy, short-lived products. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 27, 2013

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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/walmarts-death-grip-food-system-intensifying-poverty/

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. Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 16 Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2012

How Walmart is Devouring the Food System (Infographic)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/infographic-walmart-food/

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. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 1 Comment | Updated on Dec 30, 2011

Eaters, Beware: Walmart is Taking Over our Food System

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/eaters-beware-walmart-is-taking-over-our-food-system/

Walmart’s expansion is making our food system more concentrated and industrialized than ever before. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 28, 2009

New Tool Helps Low-Income Communities Evaluate Food Retailers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/new-tool-helps-lowincome-communities-evaluate-food-retailers/

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). Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 12, 2008

Pennsylvania Seeds a New Crop of Local Grocery Stores

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/pennsylvania-seeds-new-crop-local-grocery-stores/

The Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative, a four-year-old, statewide grant and loan program for grocery store development, has financed over 50 independent grocery stores and small food retailers in underserved areas of the state. Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 2, 2007

Whole Foods: The Local Face of a Mega-Retailer

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/whole-foods-local-face-megaretailer/

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. Continue reading