Shortages at Whole Foods Stores – How can we fix this?

Featured Image from Business Insider. “A Whole Foods Store in West Hartford, Connecticut. Photograph by Derek Beere.”

A recent article was published outlining the effects of a newly implemented system at Whole Foods Stores. This new system, OTS, or order-to-shelf, has cost saving benefits for the company, but is leaving shelves empty – and customers, as well as employees, angry.

Click here to read the article from Business Insider.

So what can we do?

Shop Local: Find a local farmer – or several – that specialize in meat, dairy, grain, and produce. Purchase your food from them.

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Eat Seasonally: Why does a person in Connecticut need a Pineapple in the middle of winter? Sure, this can be an occasional treat, but we need to take a serious – in depth look at how these exotic to our area foods came to our tables, and then decide whether we truly need them. This doesn’t just end with pineapples, of course. There is no reason we need to purchase sweet corn in the middle of winter. Buy from a local producer in the summer – preserve – and enjoy throughout the winter. This is real, wholesome food – that you can feel good about consuming.

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Improve your Menu: Yes, I said Improve. We need to improve our meals to reflect the area we live in. Prepare basic – traditional meals more often. Eat like your ancestors. Make Chicken and Dumplings in winter months, and purchase the chicken from an area farmer. Make your own Yogurt, Sour Cream, and Cheeses – purchased from your area dairy farmer. Buy your produce from your Farmer’s Market and ferment as a way to store them, and to provide extra healthy bacteria.

This is not a Whole Foods problem. This is a problem caused by consumers. We need to be the first to say, We will no longer purchase food out of season. We will no longer eat Chicken and Beef shipped from China. We will no longer eat Tomatoes, coated with chemicals, and shipped from South America.

If we do this, more Farmers, dedicated to regenerative agriculture, will dot our landscapes, and provide food for all our needs – and for all of our population. It only takes dedication. Dedication to those that raise our food – and dedication to our country.

Make a difference with your dollars. Keep trying. If you can’t find Organic, Non-GMO grain in your area, research and source it from someone you trust.

A couple books that are beneficial to all of us as American consumers: The Omnivores Dilemma by Michael Pollan and The Third Plate by Dan Barber. We should all have these books on our shelves.

 

Do you need help finding a local farmer? Check out Local Harvest.

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In All Things, Pray.

-April

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2 Comments on “Shortages at Whole Foods Stores – How can we fix this?

  1. This was a spot on post. As this year's growing season comes and goes I need a great education on preservation. My next interest is in dehydrating. :)
    • Yes! We could all use a little more education on food preservation. Just like everything, it takes time to learn!

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