The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced last week that it is investigating claims that Coles and Woolworths are bullying suppliers. The issue is serious, but the ACCC investigation only treats the symptom and diverts attention away from the real cause of the problem: supermarket power. More
You may or may not know that I’m studying Public Health, focussing on health promotion to prevent chronic disease. I’ve published a few of my assignments online; these were food and physical activity interventions based in an American food desert, a Pacific Island and in Mexico. More
“Coles has the opportunity and obligation to support healthy eating in Australia.”
A mini-ruckus ensued in the comments, with arguments centering around:
Supply and demand vs corporate control.
Individualism vs altruism.
Individual/parental responsibility vs corporate responsibility.
“I disagree! If you don’t want to eat it don’t buy it. Supermarkets are not responsible for what goes in ones mouth – it’s up to the individual, and parents in regard to children. Also if it doesn’t sell Kelloggs won’t keep it around for long… Consumers decide what our supermarkets provide” is a representative comment.
This describes a health promotion portfolio to prevent childhood obesity in Mexico. Unfortunately Corporate Food is mighty and the federal government lack willpower—they’re also distrusted by the people—hence this strategy aims to strengthen local communities and spread through social networks to scale. Oh, and of course, promote delicious traditional Mexican food. More
“If you believe that your township should not have something you should fight and make sure that your voice is heard. Australians in this day and age have an understanding of what’s important in their township. They don’t need to be bossed around (or bullied around) by someone like Woolworths,” Mayor Tim Heenan, Mount Evelyn. More