Tuesday, August 18, 2009

At least they listen...

I haven't never been a fan of Wal-Mart in awhile, and since there was none near me that was okay and it didn't affect my life much. However Wal-Mart brings out some serious feelings, both good and bad in people. I have warmed up to the concept of them because, as my husband has pointed out, they provide a lot of people with jobs, services, and goods they otherwise couldn't afford. I also read Sam Walton's Autobiography and it was very interesting. The company has obviously changed a lot since Sam was in charge but what he built and how he did it was amazing. But a quick search through Google finds that most of the blogs out there are not tooting Wal-Marts horn, and I'm sure they have their reasons, good, bad or crazy that's their right as an American!

I finally caved and headed to Wal-Mart because I needed to save money on groceries and their prices really can't be beat. But the reason I am a full convert to Wal-Mart isn't the prices, it's 2 things, the first it's an American Company. I was sick last week and while I was lying in bed I was perusing the documentary section of Hulu and found "The Future of Food" I was intrigued since I have been reading Michael Pollan and really want to see Food Inc. I thought this would be interesting, and it was! But aside from GMO food and Monsanto, and all the other fears it fuels it brought up something else. It's predicted that in 10 years only 6 companies will being running all the grocery stores in America. Only 1 of those companies will be American, Wal-Mart. They point out how there is so many mergers and take overs that many Americans don't realize that their local grocery store is owned my a national conglomerate, which unlike Macy's was smart enough not to change the name. That National Chain is owned by an international company based elsewhere where a CEO is deciding what foods they will sell, what you will buy and eat. His decisions are not based on health, but on profit, for him.

The other reason I will now make an effort to shop at Wal-Mart, is believe it or not (and a lot of people are having a hard time believing it) Wal-Mart is leading the change to "green" our food. They also actually listen to consumers, they take all that data of what you bought and they actually act on it. As of March 2008 Wal-Mart's store brand of milk went hormone free, because that's what it's consumers want. Money talks, and I will shop where my money will be listened to. I plan to go to Wal-Mart first for all our grocery needs, and I plan to buy every natural, organic and hormone free product they sell so that they will start carrying more and more of them. I may not be able to change the world but I try hard to talk with my money and if Wal-Mart is going to listen than that's where I will take it.

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