The Omnivore’s Other Dilemma: Expanding Access to Non-Industrial Food
Once again I am behind in my reading of thought provoking stories and news bites. However, I did come across this particular article from Grist.org. I don’t have much time to discuss the article, but I thought it was incredibly worthwhile to share. Read it in it’s entirety here.
A few things to ponder after you read it–
(1) Allowing SNAP benefit holders to shop at farmers’ mkts is imperative. Find out if your local farmers’ mkt accept SNAP or WIC benefits.
(2) Does scaling up production necessarily mean that prices will be cheaper for the consumer?
(3) Which came first, the chicken or the egg? In other words, if a grocery store/market provides higher quality products, will consumers purchase them? Is it the grocery store/mkt’s fault that they products that they sell are not high quality as they claim that they are providing what consumers want, and consumers don’t want to pay for the high quality in the end? I personally think its a bit of both–consumers have to be educated and voice what they want and stores too have to be willing to take a risk (smartly), offering what consumers say they want.
(4) It’s been documented that Americans pay less for groceries than any other industrialized nation. What are the consequences? What if we paid more for groceries but in the end had better health outcomes and less environmental costs? Read more here.