After a couple of months of nonstop Super Walmart, I had enough. I decided to take a field trip for the day while the kids were in school just to go to Whole Foods and stock up. You would not believe how thrilling this was for me, and I was a bit giddy with anticipation.
If a stable food system is one in which farmers produce what consumers want, consumers know what they're getting, and consumers' decisions influence farmers' production plans, then full disclosure seems necessary.
At 19 years old, James Berk is the youngest of seven owners of Mandela Foods Cooperative in West Oakland, California. It's a remarkable achievement for someone who dropped out of school in fifth grade.
When Coke buys Odwalla or Pepsi buys Naked Juice, The Man dumbs the product down. It's no longer quite so high-quality, quite so green -- because The Man is about the bottom lines, not triple bottom lines.