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News Wed Dec 10 2008

Organic Schmanic

An AP story reports fewer numbers of people are buying organic groceries due to economy woes, and interviews Cassie Green, owner of Green Grocer Chicago, who laments the sagging sales.


art / December 10, 2008 12:04 PM

Instead of buying organic steak maybe you're having beans and tortilla tonight for dinner," Sure, people may be buying less of all groceries, organic included. But this paints a bit of depressing picture of destitution whereby we have gone from being able to afford premium organic meat protein to I assume canned beans and packaged tortillas. I happen to enjoy (home-cooked) beans and (fresh local) tortillas but is there no in-between? How about all natural flank or chuck steak? Yes, it's gloomy out there but I think we should take many accounts of life in a recession with a grain of salt. If organic is challenging the budget and you don't want to give it up, look for a bargain. Organic is, after all, a grocery and groceries are perishable with low margins. Raspberries for example--I'm not waving a flag for the big chains I'm just saying they are all in the business of selling things and you are in the business of saving money--small pack size of organic raspberries on the SE corner of Canal and Roosevelt SEVERAL dollars higher than the larger pack size of the same organic raspberries on the SW corner of Canal and Roosevelt.

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