Fast Food vs. Organic Lifestyles. A comparative presentation. Fast Food in the United States. Living in the Fast Lane. Americans seem to pursue instant gratification like nothing else, and they apparently thrive on immediacy. When they want something, they tend to want it now.
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Fast Food vs. Organic Lifestyles
A comparative presentation
Fast Food in the United States
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The growing popularity of organic lifestyles in the United States
Organic health food stores have been around for a long time, but the number of organic products has greatly increased in recent years. Organic food products have been around for well over a decade. Slowly but surely, people have been finding out that artificial fertilizers, pesticides, and other additives can have seriously compromising health effects. Nonetheless, other kinds of consumer awareness have been a little bit slow to come. Nowadays, there are organic beauty products, organic health care products, and even organic clothing. It is unfortunate that our world is run in such a way that we have to specify when we don't want to have harmful additives in the things that we use every day. Nonetheless, it is fortunate that people are finally starting to wise up to it. Through organic products, we can all have healthier lives.No matter what you are using, you can probably find an organic product version of it. There is even organic soda nowadays! Nevertheless, just because something is an organic product does not mean it is healthy. Different states have different rules on what constitute organic products. In some of them, such as California, there are very strict standards on organic food and other types of organic products. To be considered organic, something has to be free of artificial additives, growth hormones, antibiotics, and other impurities. In other states, however, you can say anything is organic if you want to. A lot of the time, organic standards are industry controlled on a voluntary basis. In practice, that means that the consumer has very little protection. Finding non-GMO food products can be very difficult if you don't live in California.In reality, the best way to make sure that you are using organic products is to buy locally grown produce. If you can buy food, clothing, crafts, skin care products, and other consumer items that are made in your area, it is quite easy to verify whether or not they are organically prepared. Although these organic products can cost a little bit more, you can feel good about yourself for using them. Not only do you know that you are living a healthier life, but you also will be supporting local industry. It is always nice to be a will to give something back to your community, and by making wise decisions about the food we eat and the clothing we wear, we can do just that.
They came together in what seemed like a perfect marriage: earnest former hippies and Whole Foods, the clean, well-lighted version of the old natural food store. The chain’s stores were filled with organic foods and socially responsible ingredients. They were decorated with pastoral scenes of the local farmers who sold to them; signage explained why local and organic are better for the environment.
The food may have been more expensive, but for many shoppers it was worth it. Since opening its first store in Austin, Tex., in 1980, Whole Foods has grown from a small business to a mega-chain with 193 stores, capping its rise last week with a deal to acquire the 110 stores of its largest rival, Wild Oats.
The newer stores are getting bigger, too: 60,000- to 80,000-square-foot supermarkets, they have extensive prepared food offerings, along with in-store restaurants, spas, concierge shopping services, gelato stands, chocolate fountains and pizza counters.
While many shoppers find the new stores exhilarating places to shop, the company also faces critics who feel it has strayed from its original vision. In angry postings on blogs, they charge that the store is not living up to its core values — in particular, protecting the environment and supporting organic agriculture and local farmers. In interviews, some of the customers who describe themselves as committed to these values say they have become disillusioned and taken their business elsewhere.
Bill Bishop, president of Willard Bishop Consulting, a retail food consulting firm, said that Whole Foods has drifted toward the middle, which has made the store more popular with a broader range of people. Many of today’s Whole Foods shoppers are more interested in prepared foods than in whether the eggs are organic. But that carries a downside. “The folks truly devoted to organic and natural can’t get them all in Whole Foods and have to go somewhere else,” he said. “There is a segment of shoppers,” he added, “who have moved ahead of Whole Foods. They think it is important to have a smaller carbon footprint and to want to help small farmers.” He said that John Mackey, the chief executive officer and co-founder of Whole Foods, “is lagging behind his leading shoppers.”Wall Street has also become a bit disillusioned, and the stock has dropped by nearly 40 percent in the last year. Whole Foods faces competition from chains like Trader Joe’s, Wegmans, Safeway and Kroger, stores which have successfully copied many of its strategies: organic and natural products, expanded prepared foods and attentive service. Those stores have ample opportunity to capture the Whole Foods shopper. Mr. Hale of Nielsen said that even dedicated Whole Foods shoppers make many trips to other food stores because they tend to see Whole Foods as a “special occasion” trip.