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Tim Campbell
2006-11-16 13:33:16 EST


Ah, Wal-Mart -- always reliable for some good old-fashioned eco-drama.
This week, the Cornucopia Institute, an activist group representing
small farmers, filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of
Agriculture that accuses Wal-Mart of incorrectly labeling or otherwise
misrepresenting various products as organic in some stores. Visiting a
dozen stores in four Midwestern states, the group found several
troubling misrepresentations. In one case, "all-natural" yogurt was
labeled organic; in several stores, non-organic products were residing
in an organic-designated cooler. "We live and die by the reputation of
the organic label," says Cornucopia cofounder and organic farmer Mark
Kastel. "If Wal-Mart cheapens it, we all lose." Wal-Mart pooh-poohed
the accusations and defended its organic offerings. Nevertheless, the
USDA has opened an investigation into the retailer's organic-labeling
practices; violations of labeling standards can carry a fine of $10,000
per instance.


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straight to the source: The Washington Post, Ylan Q. Mui, 15 Nov 2006


straight to the source: Gazette Extra, Associated Press, Emily Fredrix,
15 Nov 2006


straight to the source: Detroit Free Press, Bloomberg News Service,
Alan Bjerga, 15 Nov 2006


straight to the source: Star Tribune, Matt McKinney, 14 Nov 2006


discuss in Gristmill: Wal-Mart accused of mislabeling items as organic


Haley
2006-11-16 14:42:02 EST

Uhhh...and is anyone surprised by this?


R*@my-deja.com
2006-11-16 14:46:55 EST

Why am I not surprised? Walmart is thoroughly unethical in many of its
other business practices, e.g., driving local competitors under with
illegal pricing below cost-- then raising prices when the local stores
fold. They have instigated the removal of many US manufacturers'
facilities to China, contributing to the de-industrialization of the
US. They aren't even patriots.


Vernon
2006-11-16 15:47:31 EST

"Haley" <halwil@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:1163706122.358017.68650@k70g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
>
> Uhhh...and is anyone surprised by this?
>

No one is surprised by the anti Wal-Mart idiocy by the simple minded.

Few have a clue what organic is.

The very best health food stores do NOT have true organic foods, just fake
foods that follow a nonsense formula and produces the same thing you buy
cheaper at Safeway.



Vernon
2006-11-16 15:51:11 EST

<*3@my-deja.com> wrote in message
news:1163706415.805207.210670@i42g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
>
> Why am I not surprised? Walmart is thoroughly unethical in many of its
> other business practices, e.g., driving local competitors under with
> illegal pricing below cost-- then raising prices when the local stores
> fold. They have instigated the removal of many US manufacturers'
> facilities to China, contributing to the de-industrialization of the
> US. They aren't even patriots.
>

Yep, they really are out to get poor little you.

YOU ARE A DAMNED LIAR except for local, high priced rip off competitors.

They do NOT raise prices, LIAR

Do I shop at Wal-Mart? No.
Fry's is closer.



R*@my-deja.com
2006-11-16 16:33:38 EST
NOT. Do a searct "Walmart antitrust".

Wal-Mart has been formally accused of antitrust violations on several
occasions. In 2001, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and
Consumer Protection charged the company with predatory pricing at
several of its stores in an attempt to put smaller competitors out of
business. Wal-Mart reached an agreement with the agency, but admitted
no wrongdoing. In 2000, German antitrust authorities charged Wal-Mart
with similar predatory tactics. The company is currently appealing the
charges through the German courts. A private antitrust lawsuit brought
by a small grocery store chain in Oklahoma is still pending.

The practice is well documented in many more instances. Wake up.

Vernon wrote:
> <rjk3@my-deja.com> wrote in message
> news:1163706415.805207.210670@i42g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
> >
> > Why am I not surprised? Walmart is thoroughly unethical in many of its
> > other business practices, e.g., driving local competitors under with
> > illegal pricing below cost-- then raising prices when the local stores
> > fold. They have instigated the removal of many US manufacturers'
> > facilities to China, contributing to the de-industrialization of the
> > US. They aren't even patriots.
> >
>
> Yep, they really are out to get poor little you.
>
> YOU ARE A DAMNED LIAR except for local, high priced rip off competitors.
>
> They do NOT raise prices, LIAR
>
> Do I shop at Wal-Mart? No.
> Fry's is closer.


Vernon
2006-11-16 20:41:19 EST
Yep, those big bad guys are out to get you.

Do some research on socialist Germany, Aliens in New Mexico, and don't
forget Atlantis.



L Shaddai
2006-11-16 22:10:45 EST

<*3@my-deja.com> wrote in message
news:1163706415.805207.210670@i42g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
>
> Why am I not surprised? Walmart is thoroughly unethical in many of its
> other business practices, e.g., driving local competitors under with
> illegal pricing below cost-- then raising prices when the local stores
> fold. They have instigated the removal of many US manufacturers'
> facilities to China, contributing to the de-industrialization of the
> US. They aren't even patriots.
>

Have you ever had to live in a small town before Wal-Mart came on the scene?
The clothing store in the town square had "SALE" permanently painted on the
front windows. They carried all of a dozen men's shirts, a couple dozen
pairs of pants and the prices were sky high. Much better going down to the
Sears catalog store and ordering from there. Wal-Mart has driven the small
businessmen out of business and this consumer, former victim of the
economies of little scale the small businessmen operated on, is happy about
that. There's scarcely a place now if I need a new mouse or a belt, some
groceries or whatever I cannot get from the local Wal-Mart store, even in
Fairfield, Iowa. Raised their prices when the local stores folded? I
wouldn't do my weekly one shop shopping (and I don't follow the religion of
organic so I don't pick from that counter) if Wal-Mart didn't have most
everything I need under one roof and cheaper than I can get elsewhere.
Wal-Mart is increasing the number of meds it offers at $5 for a month's
supply. Are you going to tell me that this is an attempt to drive CVS and
Eckerd's out of business or a boon to us consumers?

A patriot is not defined as someone who makes themselves non-completive by
buying at the cheapest price they can get something, unless you live in
France, of course, where the unemployment rate is sky high and I meet so
many expats who work in far off countries, French tax free because the
unemployment rate is so high back at home. If you think in terms of
scarcity, that's what you'll get. Think in terms that there's more than
enough to go around for everyone and how American can prosper despite the
shift in the economy. The South vowed never to give up cotton plantations
worked by slave labor. Change happens. Flow with it. What you resist
persists.



Sammybaby
2006-11-17 01:56:30 EST

Vernon wrote:
> "Haley" <halwil@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:1163706122.358017.68650@k70g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
> >
> > Uhhh...and is anyone surprised by this?
> >
>
> No one is surprised by the anti Wal-Mart idiocy by the simple minded.
>
> Few have a clue what organic is.


> The very best health food stores do NOT have true organic foods, just fake
> foods that follow a nonsense formula and produces the same thing you buy
> cheaper at Safeway.

Yeah since there are differing opinions about what organic means,
Walmart was well within its rights to violate rules and lie to the
public. I mean what safe meat. There are a lot of opinions. So if
some company decides to sell some with extra wrong bacteria that is
their right.


Sammybaby
2006-11-17 02:01:51 EST

Vernon wrote:
> Yep, those big bad guys are out to get you.


Basically your argument is that seeing an organization with a lot of
power as doing bad things is paranoid, insane and laughable. But oops.
This does happen. So you have to deal with specific cases with cogent
arguments and stop using lame ad homonim implications. You have to
think. If you want to make the case that large organizations never
commit crimes or have a criminal lack of respect for their customers,
their workers, the people working near their factories you have your
head up your ass. Does that mean all corporations are bad? Or course
not.

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