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Comment by Connie Bellet on February 28, 2011 at 9:08am
Connections between producers, supermarkets, and consumers are happening here from--literally--the ground up, not the government down. Walmart handles more food than the next 5 largest supermarket chains, and it will be interesting indeed if they get Chinese producers to grow "organically." People, i.e. Consumers, do actually have market power.  Let's use it!
Comment by Christine Moginie on February 6, 2011 at 8:18pm
While it is important to know what is happening in the USA and other countries, shouldn't we be focusing on changing the views of our Prime Minister and Govt, ordinary NZ'ers, farmers, big monopolies like Fonterra etc here? NZ has a long way to go before it can live up to it's Clean Green marketing ideal......
Comment by Connie Bellet on February 3, 2011 at 6:44am
It's rhetoric, all right.  Michelle has a better handle on the issue, though working with Walmart is a strange way to go. Obama is sending out USDA and FEMA agents (with guns drawn) to raid organic food co-ops, family farms, and anybody who sells raw milk under this obamanation called "The Food Safety and Modernization Act." Guess who wrote that bill: Monsanto lobbyists!  See the movie "Farmageddon."
Comment by Giulio Sturla on January 30, 2011 at 12:30pm
Interesting, local farmers + local food is not Walmart.. is not a good equation to put a massive corporation in between that. Not a happy message from Mr. Obama. Stop working with Walmart, Costco, Monsanto, Pharmaceuticals, etc. they just want to control a monopoly. Seems to me that the government doesn't have any control in the food supply in the US. We need Ooooby Markets!
Comment by Jools on January 30, 2011 at 10:25am
Interesting.  The thing that worries me is that Walmart are all about money at the end of the day. They have jumped on to the organics bandwagon for that reason only and not for the health and well being of the US population.  I can see them trying to industrialise the production of organic food which would be a disaster for suppliers and consumers and the planet.  The fact that Monsanto has had it's GMO alfalfa approved sounds like it's the end for organics in the US anyway!?

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