Americans spent 700 billion dollars on groceries in 2018. Across the U.S., there are more than 38,000 supermarkets, each stocking thousands and thousands of distinct products. But what is the human cost of this mass consumerism?
Well, the burden largely falls on low-paid workers at each level of food production and distribution – and the pandemic has only exacerbated many of these problems.
- Benjamin Lorr, writer, author, The Secret Life of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of the American Supermarket
- Jerry Nash, co-founder, Prairie Food Co-op
Links for more information:
- New York Times: The Secret Life of Groceries review
- One Green Planet: 10 Reasons Buying Local is Great for You and the Planet