A note from Will on corporations and the Good Food Revolution

September 8, 2011 | Author: Growing Power | 4 Comments

I appreciate that our friends have shared their honest opinions and feelings with us. I’d like to take this opportunity to share my position on the role that corporations can play in the Good Food Revolution.

The First Lady has brought national attention to our country’s poor health, poor eating habits and poor food quality with her “Let’s Move” program. Now that this issue is in the national spotlight, we are using the momentum she’s created to take the next steps forward in improving overall food quality and quality of life for all people. We, as a society, can no longer refuse to invite big corporations to the table of the Good Food Revolution. Poverty, foodlessness, joblessness: these are problems we all face. They are not only the problems of the poor or of the urban – they are everyone’s problems.

Wal-mart is the world’s largest distributor of food – there is no one better positioned to bring high-quality, locally grown food into urban food deserts and fast-food swamps. We can no longer be so idealistic that we hurt the very people we’re trying to help. Keeping groups that have the money and the power to be a significant part of the solution away from the Good Food Revolution will not serve us. At the same time, by accepting grants like these we retain the power for how corporate money is spent, and the grassroots movement stays grassroots.

Thank you for your continued support of the Good Food Revolution, and please keep your eyes open for more announcements from me and Growing Power. This is an exciting time to change the world.

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  3. Vania Casuse says:

    I create a comment whenever I especially enjoy a article on a website or I have something to add to the discussion. It’s triggered by the fire communicated in the article I browsed. And after this post Growing Power Blog. I was actually moved enough to post a thought ;-) I do have some questions for you if you usually do not mind. Could it be just me or does it appear like a few of these comments appear as if they are left by brain dead folks? :-P And, if you are posting at additional online sites, I’d like to keep up with you. Would you make a list every one of all your community sites like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

  4. Mittelstand says:

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