In previous posts, I talk about taking charge of your food choices by letting the food corporations know your vote by what you put in your shopping cart. We may question if we truly have any power—we do! Remember, David defeated Goliath.
Because of consumer demand for healthier options, the following are some of the positive changes currently happening:
- General Mills is eliminating all artificial flavors and colors from their cereals.
- Since 2000, packaged cereals sales are down 25%.
- Kraft is removing artificial dyes from its macaroni and cheese.
- Poultry companies (Perdue, Tyson, & Foster Farms) are limiting the use of antibiotics.
- Since 1998, soda sales are down 25%—usually being replaced by water.
- McDonald’s sales have been steady decreasing.
- Forty-two percent of consumers, age 20-37, don’t trust food companies.
- Campbell’s new version of its chicken noodle soup contains 20 ingredients, down from 30.
- Connecting with the above, most soup sales are stagnant, but organic soups sales are on the rise.
The above information comes from articles in The New York Times—Hans Taparia and Pamela Koch’s opinion piece, “A Seismic Shift in How People Eat” and Stephanie Strom’s business article, “Campbell Rethinks Its Soup Recipe as Consumer Tastes Change.”
I can offer commentary on some of the above points, but today I’m focusing on the fact we are making a difference. Yes, I wish it was happening faster—I still celebrate the progress being made in the right direction. Let the work continue.