Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Is Wal-Mart the New Jolly Green Giant?

One of the most common questions I've been getting on the road has been whether Wal-Mart's move into the organic market will ultimately help the environment and the health of us eaters, or not. I've been asking the same question to farmers and food policy experts who I've been meeting on the road and there is surprising--or not so surprising--consensus: Everyone has raised serious concerns about the Wal-Mart decision. A new white paper from Mark Kastel, Senior Farm Policy Analyst with the Corncuopia Institute, does a great job of summarizing many of these concerns. Check it out here: Wal-Mart Rolls Out Organic Products—Market Expansion or Market Delusion? --Anna