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Average 276 jobsIn the 1970s British supermarkets had only 10% of the UK's grocery spend Now they swallow up 80% influencing how we shop what we eat how we spend our leisure time how much rubbish we generate even the very look of our physical environment Award winning food writer Joanna Blythman investigates the enormous impact that these big box retailers are having on our lives She meets the farmers who are selling food to supermarkets for less than. Incredibly eye opening insight into British supermarkets Ignorance really is blissI am curious about whether the issue has gotten betterworse since this book was published

SUMMARY Shopped The Shocking Power of British Supermarkets

Shopped The Shocking Power of British Supermarkets

An elegant demolition of the supermarket miracle this book charts the impact that supermarkets have had on every aspect of our lives and culture Did you know; Almost 50% of supermarket fruit and vegetables contain pesticide residues UK supermarkets make 40p on every GBP1 spent on bananas while plantations workers are paid just 1p Supermarkets operate a climate of fear amongst their suppliers Every time a supermarket opens the local community loses on. I have mixed feelings about Shopped in one sense it really has made me further uestion the ever ubiuitous roles supermarkets play in our life On the other hand I am concerned it falls into a long line of books that blames all of societies current problems on corporationsIf it was a simple as people good company bad then I doubt we would be our current state of extreme picklage The book considers all aspects of supermarket lifes from the well documented ready made meals to the poor uality fresh fruit and veg to the less explored supplier and worker contractsThe book and I admit its journalism not academic hammers home the idea that supermarkets are out to make money and woe betide anything that stands in their way I think most semi enlightened individuals a category in which I like to think I fall know most of what is said in the book or at least could have guessed it was happening It s always nice to reconfirm your worst nightmares thoughThe book is well written and although at times a little bit repetitive it s the Naomi Klein school of over egging the pudding is easy to read and flows at a fairly even pace To that end its probably a fairly easy way to consider some of these important issues However that said it didn t do enough for me to consider it a great readMy copy has a uote from Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall how does this man have time to sleep on the front Don t read it and weep Read it and change the way you shop I think this sums up for me what is missing I really felt that the book lacked the insight to realise that supermarkets are run by people they are not entities within themselves We all have the power to interact with these people and opening up lines of dialogue and cooperation and key to the improvement and sustainability of any business or institutionThe penultimate chapter makes suggestions as to how readers of the book can make a difference by changing their shopping habits None of the suggestions are ground breaking shop locally destroy your loyalty card lobby your local MP oppose planning applications for new stores etc etc The solutions to be were somewhat parochial and certainly are not open to many members of the population Limited by time price and mobility working mothers poor families older people are in no position to visit multiple local stores Similarly opposition to a supermarket that may bring in multiple jobs is a particularly difficult pill to swallow for many communities I would have liked to have seen suggestions of how we can work with supermarkets encouraging compassion within corporations cooperating to make the world a better placeIt was all a little bit too much them and us for my taste

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They need to survive the wholesalers who have been eliminated from the supply chain travels to suburban retail parks to meet the teenagers and part timers who stack our shelves and reveals the hoops third world suppliers must jump through to earn supermarket contracts This thought provoking witty and sometimes chilling voyage of discovery is sure to make you think twice before you reach for that supermarket trolley uite so enthusiastically ever again. Shopped is an interesting book about how supermarkets operate how they influence shopping patterns and to an increasing extent way of life it is pacey and well written in many short chapters hard to put down and easily applicable to one s own life is there anyone out there who has not at least one tesco or insert any other supermarket name here nearby that considered though there were not so many new facts to be found if you looked around your local area cities and noticed what kind of shops there are or what produce is on offer at the end ms blythman offers some tips what to do instead to avoid supermarkets which i as many other readers i suppose will do as the message in the book is uite powerful decreasing choice in food increasing mono cultural produce unethical sourcing due to price pressure and a future in which going to the supermarket is a day trip to spend spend spend a culture in which money career and spending owning ie greed are paramount is a truly sad though increasingly unavoidable fact at no point though was the inherent problem addressed which is why supermarkets act this way For an eye opening read on that account i would recommend to also read joel bakan s The Corporation The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power Being mostly corporations supermarkets can only ever act the way they do If the interest pursued is the shareholder only who expects constant growth in profit no wonder i wonder what will happen once every corner of the world is civilised according to western standards and values growth economy and money money money i wonder what will happen once every corner of the world has been subject to the good our corporations companies and shops can bring i wonder but to be honest i would not want to see it


10 thoughts on “Shopped The Shocking Power of British Supermarkets

  1. says:

    I have mixed feelings about Shopped; in one sense it really has made me further uestion the ever ubiuitous roles supermarkets play in our life On the other hand I am concerned it falls into a long line of books that blames all of societies current problems on corporationsIf it was a simple as people good company

  2. says:

    Shopped is the best book I have read so far on the evils of supermarket empires It is set out in concise anger inducing chapters that detail every horrendous act of greed and exploitation you can imagine If it is unethical and puts someone out of business you can count on it being a primary practice of a supermarket A handful of to

  3. says:

    A fascinating read which carries you along with ease Written by a journalist as opposed to a researcher has made the book very reada

  4. says:

    It's interesting to see how supermarkets have changed and how the predictions of the author have played out 15 years later However I found the book a little TOO dated and some predictions incorrect Of course this isn't the fault of the author but it's just a book that is past it's time It also blamed supermarket

  5. says:

    An interesting read but felt like a rant than anything else

  6. says:

    Incredibly eye opening insight into British supermarkets Ignorance really is blissI am curious about whether th

  7. says:

    Shopped is an interesting book about how supermarkets operate how they influence shopping patterns and to an increasing extent way of life it is pacey and well written in many short chapters hard to put down and easily ap

  8. says:

    Joanna Blythman is my hero I love her restaurant reviews in the Sunday Herald and think she writes a lot of common sense about food and our relationship with it This book will reinforce any concerns you have about the negative role of the supermarkets in our lives and have you rushing to support your local producersThought provoking

  9. says:

    Absolute must read to anyone in any countryWithout reiterating previous reviewers I would just say that if you were pondering over investments don't hesitate any longer buy global retailers' shares Chances are few and little that anyone in the coming years might oppose their expansionist growth resulting in ri

  10. says:

    Good at the start gets incredibly repetitive in the middle I would probably say since this book was published in 2003 it's now dated and most already know the scandals detailed in this book but it certainly goes a long way to explaining why Tesco tried to get away with using horsemeat and then pretend they were none the wi

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