Book Review

by Rick Hood

"What does it take to run a grocery store? How does our food get on the shelves? Who sets the prices? And who suffers the consequences of our increasing demands for efficiency?"

You'd think that the public could simply trust that the basic quest of seeking a meal benefits all the participants in the system. Think again.

For Joe Coulombe, the founder of Trader Joe's and Julie, the entrepreneur inventor of Slawsa, you see the benefits gained. However, for many others in the system like the truckers and trafficked migrants in the shrimp industry of Thailand, their hope of promised benefits falls far short and worst case results in death.

"The Secret Life of Groceries is essential reading for those who want to understand our food system and delivers powerful social commentary into the lives that provide it."

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