On Wed, 4 Aug 1999, Marjorie Rayburn wrote:
> ....... (CFSA)
And Whole Foods, aka Wellspring Grocery locally, regularly has little fund
raisers for cfsa and donates a % of the daily take to them when they
_could_ put those $$$ into a revolving loan fund for local small natural
growers. The latter option would directly help those _producing_ the food
by making it possible for them to continue doing so instead of going into
the bank accounts of those _claiming_ to provide support for those
growers. WF _could_ make a substantial contribution to the local
community and gain credibility and new clients this way.
Whole Foods is seeing real competition from chain supermarkets, who do
not have any committment to carry the diversity of natural products
that Whole Foods does (their house brands are excellent and a real
bargain). We would be in a bad way without them. I will always spend my
money there even if it costs a little more rather than shop at the
supermarkets. Obviously some of their buying practices need to change
but I think many folks would be hard put to do without them.
I vot NOT to do the 20/20-48 hrs, etc. routine that some have suggested.
I think by writing or emailing them, their BOD and their stockholders
directly and pointing out the dialogue in this forum to them may do more
good that the alternative, heavy-handed approach. If they went under we'd
only have the chain stores who may be even harder for small growers to
do business with.
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