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Monday, January 13, 2003

With several supermarkets bidding to take over the UK's 400 Safeway stores, Friends of the Earth have come up with 10 reasons why supermarket mergers are bad for consumers.

Reasons they give include:

Supermarkets’ bullying tactics can put small farmers out of business,

Supermarkets import food over huge distances, often by air, resulting in large emissions of carbon dioxide and

Supermarkets waste food by placing difficult conditions on farmers for cosmetic appearance...

Unfortunately, these problems already exist, although they are likely to be exacerbated if the UK's supermarkets continue to merge. This is because consumers seem to like the convenience + choice that supermarkets tend to offer as well as access to exotic + out-of-season food with a consistent cosmetic appearance...