Walmart Vs. Snowner

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Michael Pollan’s “Farmer in Chief” and Jim Hightower’s “Wal-Mart vs. Hightower” reveal how the health of the American people suffers because of the systematic way food is produced in todays modern society and how the corrupt maneuvering of America’s largest retailers deceive the consumer. The way in which cattle are raised with unnatural foods, such as corn, and the way that the animals are injected with harmful chemical substances are both factors that keep driving the price of food lower and lower. These low prices make it possible for large corporations (such as Wal-Mart) to close small businesses and offer low-wage jobs to people that cannot support the average American family. These practices have had a detrimental effect on the American …show more content…
This allows large corporations to take over the economy with prices that cannot be beat by family run stores because they have the ability to control cost of goods. Jim Hightower criticizes Wal-Mart as a recidivist criminal, comparing it to people like Bonnie and Clyde and Al Capone. Wal-Mart has earned this negative reputation by not having fair wages and not offering “opportunities for advancement” to every type of employee. It is said that Wal-Mart asks workers to work without pay and that “more than 30 states have filed class-action suits against the company for requiring this ‘off the clock’ work” (368). From 1994 to today there has been a shift from quality to quantity of goods and low costs. Along with the manipulation of the employees through employment practices, Wal-Mart is also able to control other companies by saying a company’s products will not be sold unless demands for low prices are met. In order to reach the demanded prices, companies are then forced to take business to China, where labor and supplies are cheap, and then ship it back to the United States. This outsourcing causes 100’s, or even 1000’s of American jobs to be lost for every plant or center that closes. In order to make ends meet those people are then forced to accept low paying Wal-Mart jobs. Wal-Mart has created a monopoly over the American economy that will eventually cause it …show more content…
Michael Pollan and Jim Hightower have pointed out the food industry and corporations like Wal-Mart are not for the people. Facts about the food industry have shown it is neither safe, nor healthy for human consumption with all of the chemicals and unsecure food policies in place to check the food. In the 1970’s, there were about 50,000 food safety inspections done on food products. Today, that number has decreased to about 9,000, even though the amount of processing has gone up and the probability for contamination has gone up along with it. The Wal-Mart Corporation has proven that while it advertises itself as a positive influence for the economy by offering the lowest prices possible, it would pick a larger profit margin over anything else. In January of 2014, it was reported that Wal-Mart made a profit of about 26 billion dollars. Even though this kind of money is being made, employees are still only making minimum wage and receiving little to no benefits. It is also impossible to overlook the sheer number of jobs lost due to the outsourcing Wal-Mart does to keep their prices low. The two authors have proven that these two industries are the controlling forces behind American economy. The deceit of the industry leaders can be easily covered up if there is enough power

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