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Wal-Mart Goes Organic

Whenever I go to South Carolina, I tell my brother that “everyone” up north is thinking about their health and buying at least some organic products. And my brother just shakes his head and says, “That just won’t go over down here.” Well, in fact, it will. And it’s about to. Because Wal-Mart will soon start stocking organic products. “If Wal-Mart goes organic, where will organic go?” asks Michael Pollan in yesterday’s New York Times Sunday magazine piece. Though regular organic-buying customers pay a premium to know that the supplying farms are equitable, healthy, stable, and truly pesticide-free, Pollan says, Wal-Mart will not.

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posted June 6, 2006 at 6:59 am

Do I think Wal-Mart selling organic is good. In a way, yes, because Organic, by its definition, is supposed to be a bastion of responsible production. But, like the NYT article states, when Wal-Mart is your customer, doing anything cheap, massively, and efficiently (with disregard for any negative effects) is the name of the game. The author asks that Wal-Mart be more aware of its influence and use that ability for some good. Sure, they can still get the lower prices, but maybe they can have their own rules set up for organic–measures that protect the spirit of organic and not just the technicalities. I hope this is an option. I really do.>

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posted June 7, 2006 at 3:31 am

Methinks what WalMart calls “organic” ain’t what you, CM or I would call “organic.” Thanks but no thanks, WalMart. :)>

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posted June 8, 2006 at 3:22 pm

I live in the extreme southeast corner of Texas, and you can’t get more red-neck than that. My local Wal-Mart has been selling organic produce, tofu, and many other organic products for several years. They are the same brands I could buy at the health foods store, at a much lower price (because of volume). The organic products obviously sell well enough, even here in red-neck country, that Wal-Mart continues to stock them. Us red-necks want to be healthy too! I’ve read about Wal-Mart’s abuses, and I don’t believe Wal-Mart is perfect, but I shop there a lot because I am on a limited income and they sell almost everything I need.>

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