Here’s something I wasn’t expecting, though I probably should have–WalMart is starting to stock organic foods. Good? Bad? Well, you can bet your bottom dollar it’ll be good for WalMart, and it is nice if a wider swath of the population can have access to organic foods, and yet… boy are there going to be lots of problems for a lot of people, farmers first of all. (Of course, this sort of ignores that there are many ways to expand access to organic foods that don’t include the refrigerator aisles of mega corporations.)
Wal-Mart’s Organic Offensive
Not everyone is pleased by the giant retailer’s push into natural foods, starting with some very anxious U.S. farmers
by Pallavi Gogoi
MARCH 29, 2006
Richard DeWilde has a long history with organic farming. His grandfather, Nick Hoogshagen, adopted the organic approach five decades ago on his farm in South Dakota, well before it became popular with consumers and fueled the popularity of retailers like Whole Foods Market (WFMI ).
Now, DeWilde, 57, is a working farmer himself, carrying on the family tradition of avoiding pesticides and other chemicals that can contaminate food in favor of a more natural approach. He’s co-owner of Harmony Valley Farm, which grows Swiss chard, parsnips, turnips, and kale on 100 acres in the southwestern corner of Wisconsin….