Bridgestone brands multinational supermarkets ‘harlots’

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Bridgestone co-authors John and Sally McKenna say buying imported food in a foreign-owned supermarket in Ireland is "a traitorous action”

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17 February 2010 | 0

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Multinational supermarkets have been branded economic “harlots” in the latest edition of the Bridgestone Irish Food Guide.
Co-authors John and Sally McKenna write in an introduction entitled ‘Fair Trade for Irish Farmers’ that supermarkets “dance only to the bidding of the money markets as a true harlot does”.  

“They are mesmerically clever, for how else can one explain why people shop in stores that destroy Irish towns, refuse to disclose their profit margins, and generally act in ways that are totally contrary to the best interests of the country… and inimical to the interests of farming.

“The first step in popular action should come from the realisation that buying imported food in a foreign-owned supermarket in Ireland is, quite simply, a traitorous action.”

To this end, the guide recommends independent retailers who source from local farmers and artisans such as Ennis Gourmet Store in Ennis, Co Clare. It states the store owned by Anne Leyden and David Lasblaye is often the first destination for Clare artisans when they go to the marketplace.  

Other retail outlets featured in the guide’s ninth edition include O’Keeffe’s Artisan Food Store in Cork which is described as “a bit like walking into a gourmet deli like Donnybrook Fair in Dublin, except this is no deli, this is a corner shop with old stone flag floors, wide aisles and good food piled up here and there.” McCambridge’s of Galway is also included as, “everything that is good in the west makes its way to this shop”.

The Organic Supermarket in Blackrock, Dublin, is likewise featured. The innovative store was “up 45% in 2009 for a simple reason; if you pick up a lettuce in the OS, chances are it was picked in Wicklow at 6am that morning, and driven the few miles to Blackrock [for] 8am.”

 

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