02 Mar '12, 1pm

Walmart is no savior: More small businesses = healthier people

Walmart is no savior: More small businesses = healthier people

One of the new, smaller "neighborhood markets" Walmart has been opening in urban areas. Reforming our food system is a Herculean task; one that might intimidate Hercules himself. Willie Nelson and Anna Lappe summed up the challenge recently in the Huffington Post : Of the 40,000 food items in a typical U.S. grocery store, more than half are now brought to us by just 10 corporations. Today, three companies process more than 70 percent of all U.S. beef , Tyson, Cargill and JBS. More than 90 percent of soybean seeds and 80 percent of corn seeds used in the United States are sold by just one company : Monsanto . Four companies are responsible for up to 90 percent of the global trade in grain. And one in four food dollars is spent at Walmart . Meanwhile, author Eric Schlosser and urban agriculture pioneer Will Allen put the consequences of all this in sharp perspective in their...

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