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Old 03-01-2012, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Big Food doesn't have to go. There is a thriving niche market for fresh, direct from the farmer food.
No one is forced to buy one or the other.

It's all about choice here. Just be a smart and informed shopper.
Sorry to say that in some areas of the country this just isn't true. Choice isn't possible due to the super stores shutting out any form of competition.

That and stupid laws about selling home grown foods.
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:28 PM
 
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I dsagree with the OP. I am 64. I can rememebr when we had few choice;it was the local merchnats who charged what they wanted and used politcal infuence to stop competition. Its was the good ole boy system. he banker and local mechnats were the moeny people i cities. They often even ran charge accounts them slef that were paid on payday. Atleast where I live you now have a choice between local merchants and nation chains.Its called competition and has keeep price lower.
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:48 PM
 
Location: in my mind
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There is a documentary on Hulu about this topic, you can watch it for free:

Hulu - The Future Of Food - Watch the full movie now. (http://www.hulu.com/watch/67878/the-future-of-food - broken link)
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Old 03-02-2012, 08:24 AM
 
Location: West Orange, NJ
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is it not true that life expectancy has gone up? I think we are living longer. I dont eat crap food but sometime I think about that half of the equation and feel better!
true, but there's something to be said about our lifestyle here, which includes our diet, and other countries. I spent 5 weeks in Rome and ate tons of food, but lost 15 pounds. Some would say it was the walking, but I lived and worked in NYC and walked far more, but gained weight. I think there's a lot of stuff in our food that is not necessary, and doesn't help us with our health.

I realize to feed a large number of people you need economies of scale, but I have recently started to limit my food to "real" food. I eat organic where possible as well. Our consumption lifestyle is really not sustainable as more people adopt it.
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Old 03-02-2012, 08:27 AM
 
Location: West Orange, NJ
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I just did the calculation based on what we make and what we spend on food and it came out 6%. Slightly more than our winter utility bills.

We go once a month to Costco, and only to Safeway or other large supermarkets when they have things we use on sale. During the summer we buy locally grown produce from a farmer's market and do grow some of our own, mostly because fresh picked just tastes better.

Lately I have notice that the organic produce is cheaper than regular, and
It used to be a lot more expensive. Apparently because no one buys it they have had to lower the price.
I don't know about your area, but in my area, organic food runs out quickly. It's not as expensive as it used to be, but it certainly isn't cheaper. wish i could get it cheaper!

also - there's a reason why your fresh picked tastes better, and it isn't only because it is fresh picked!
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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true, but there's something to be said about our lifestyle here, which includes our diet, and other countries. I spent 5 weeks in Rome and ate tons of food, but lost 15 pounds. Some would say it was the walking, but I lived and worked in NYC and walked far more, but gained weight. I think there's a lot of stuff in our food that is not necessary, and doesn't help us with our health.

I realize to feed a large number of people you need economies of scale, but I have recently started to limit my food to "real" food. I eat organic where possible as well. Our consumption lifestyle is really not sustainable as more people adopt it.
What do you eat?
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Sorry to say that in some areas of the country this just isn't true. Choice isn't possible due to the super stores shutting out any form of competition.

That and stupid laws about selling home grown foods.
Maybe they ARE there but you don't know about them.

Here's a link to find local food in your state/community:
Local Harvest / Farmers Markets / Family Farms / CSA / Organic Food
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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I just figured we're living longer because we ingest all those "preservatives" in the food
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Old 03-15-2012, 01:40 PM
 
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Just like any other industries, there are so many mergers and acquisitions, which don't help the employees, and are not good for the consumer, resulting in fewer choices. This goes on and on as much as corporate America can get away with, stopping just short of violating anti-trust laws.

I was in TX last year after a long absence and although the population in the city I was in really boomed, the number of supermarkets declined, resulting in higher prices due to the aforementioned lower competition. Many of those former supermarket spaces are now occupied by crap stores like Big Lots instead.
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Old 03-16-2012, 02:14 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I just figured we're living longer because we ingest all those "preservatives" in the food
At least I can rest assured that I'm never going to decompose :P
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