OCA Calls For New Wal-Mart Boycott

This press release comes from the left-wing Organic Consumers Association (OCA), and is dated January 17th.

The OCA, in past open letters and articles, warned of how the infamous retail behemoth Wal-Mart has been selling food products labelled "organic" - but were otherwise. An ally of theirs, the Cornucopia Institute of Cornucopia, Wisconsin, linked to an January 18th article from the centrist Business Week magazine. Wal-Mart is in trouble with officials from the Department of Agriculture and the Wisconsin government for knowingly selling "organic food" that doesn't come under Federal guidelines for being organic.

Furthermore, the food doesn't come from growers in America and Canada, but is sent from Brazil and Communist China. Their standards of what constitutes "organic" is much lower than those of Washington and Ottowa.

As reported by the OCA, Wal-Mart has already lost between 2% and 8% of it's global customer base. It had to withdraw from both Germany and South Korea, though - as we reported earlier - it is trying to enter the Indian market with a major retail partner there. This news of their defrauding the public and muddying up "organic standards" will only hurt their sales and stock worth further.

As Wal-Mart has declined to answer both the OCA and Cornucopia Institute's open letters and warnings, both groups have called for a boycott of Wal-Mart and similar "big box" stores. We at the Review agree and join them in advocating such a boycott.

Distributism, on principle, is opposed to chain-stores. It supports local legislation to shrink their size and power wherever possible, as well as laws to protect and support small shops and retail co-operatives. Until such laws are in place wherever we live, we should either boycott the chain-stores for good or cut down our shopping there as much as possible.

We hope and pray the OCA-led boycott of Wal-Mart for it's deception of it's "organic foods" line will be successful. Inform your friends and neighbors and do your part to make this boycott work.


Anonymous,  Monday, January 29, 2007 at 9:28:00 AM CST  

Quel interressant! An ultraleftist teacher at my high school had predicted this would happen months ahead of time. Despite being a Taoist, I suppose he has some in common with Distributists (I am a capitalist, but I still am too patriotic to fall for Wal-Mart's flair- I never shop there).

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