The Urban Neighborhood Wal-Mart: A Blessing Or A Curse?

NPR‘s first of two-part series about Wal-Mart looks into the company’s push into cities with its neighborhood market stores whether or not local residents want them. Citing the need to fill the void of food deserts, Wal-Mart is aggressively courting grocery shoppers.

Most urban stores are 25 percent of the size of their rural and suburban cousins. They feature a slightly modified selection of products that caters more to a grab-and-go culture. That reflects a shift in consumer demand, as more Americans make their evening meal decisions in the late afternoon, says food industry analyst Justin Massa.

The Urban Neighborhood Wal-Mart: A Blessing Or A Curse?

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Has The Farmers Market Movement Peaked?

Penn Quarter Farmers Market (Washington, D.C.)

Has the farmers market movement peaked? (from Russ Parsons of the Los Angeles Times)

An excerpt:

A new study by the Department of Agriculture finds that the rate of growth in the number of farmers markets nationally has slowed dramatically in the last five years.

That decline was particularly notable in Los Angeles County, historically on the leading edge of the farmers market movement, where according to USDA statistics, total sales dropped by almost 43% in real dollars between 2007 and 2012.

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