Walmart, the largest grocery store in the world, is often presented as a solution to poverty because of its low prices. There is a reason for those low prices however and it is because they put ever-increasing pressure on suppliers (including those that supply food) to drive down their costs. This drives down wages, both for the Associates who work in the stores as well as all across the manufacturing and food production chain.
Walmart is the major player in the “race to the bottom” which keeps full-time employees in poverty. Other retailers are forced to follow in their footsteps. When we shop locally and pay a few cents more for our food, we invest in a better quality of life for all. Continue reading