Every little hurts

Posted on 25 Jul 2011 in Go Local, Support Ethical | 3 comments

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This great article from the Guardian talks about how supermarkets pass on the cost of their price wars with each other to farmers and producers.

When we see their adverts and in-store signage boasting great offers and discounts, we need to start recognising that for what it is – a big, arrogant admission of the bullying and threatening tactics they’re using on farmers here and abroad.

If something’s on BOGOF, 3 for 2 etc. it’s the producer that’s forced to pay for that discount – talk about biting the hand that feeds us!

Last year Tesco made £3.5 billion profits, whilst two dairy farmers in the UK went out of business every day.

This is just the tip of the iceberg; the relentless pursuit of profit by supermarkets is harming people, animals and the planet in more ways than we can count.

We can all help by getting informed, shopping at supermarkets less exclusively, and supporting local farm shops, markets and independent grocers.

Go Local and Support Ethical are two of hiSbe‘s 8 Everyday Choices.



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  1. Sarah Alexander / July 25th, 2011 14:05

    …not only does it threaten the producers, but it also virtually guarantees that the products offered on a BOGOF will be the lowest spec in terms of sustainable production and animal welfare. Check out the bacon aisle next time you’re in a supermarket – you will only ever find Dutch and Danish bacon on a big price promotion, never British.
    Why? The welfare standards of British pig production are much higher (by law) than our European counterparts who are still allowed to intensively rear pigs in crates. This means that the Dutch and Danish bacon producers can afford to make a profit at a much lower cost price, even with a strong price promotion. Meanwhile, British pig farmers are going to the wall every week because they actually ensure their pigs can turn around, run about and feel grass or straw under their feet. Bonkers!


  2. Penny, UK. / July 29th, 2011 14:49

    I hate Tesco with a passion! Won’t shop there, I boycott them because they are the worst at doing this sort of thing & what they sell is absolute rubbish, poor quality & as for their customer service – don’t get me started!! I refuse to buy anything Danish, especially bacon or pork as I know they are so cruel to the pigs & I don’t want meat that’s been cruelly treated first. I’d rather pay more or go without. Join me & boycott this rotten supermarket – make their profits plummet!



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