Happy Earth Day, everyone!
What better way to celebrate our big blue marble and early spring than to eat a heaping helping of organic veggies? You might think that buying organic means meandering through the stalls of your local farmer’s market, chatting up a dairy maid about her artisanal cheese. In fact, the organic food market is dominated by four giant companies: Costco, Kroger, Target, and Wal-Mart (which also operates Sam’s Club).
How do I know? I looked it up in Business Source Premier, one of the many databases that you have free access to as a DCCC student. To find a report on an industry (for instance, the organic foods industry) find Business Source Premier in our list of business databases. Enter search terms, choose the Industry option under the search bar, and retrieve a report on many aspects, including who’s raking in the green (and who’s not).
Want more info on these big companies and their sustainable practices? Use the Articles box in our Quick Search page. Try searching something like Walmart and sustainability. Your assumptions may be challenged…no matter what they are.
Reference: Organic Food Industry Profile: United States. (2012). Organic Food Industry Profile: United States, 1-32.