English | September 11th, 2020 | ISBN: 0553459392 | 336 pages | EPUB | 1.43 MB
What does it take to run the American supermarket?
In the tradition of Fast Food Nation and The Omnivore's Dilemma, an extraordinary investigation into the human lives at the heart of the American grocery store
How do products get to shelves? Who sets the price? And who suffers the consequences of increased convenience end efficiency? In this alag exposé, author Benjamin Lorr pulls back the curtain on this highly secretive industry.
The secrets of Trader Joe's success from Trader Joe himself
Why truckers call their job "sharecropping on wheels"
What it takes for a product to earn certification labels like "organic" and "fair trade"
The struggles entrepreneurs face as they fight for shelf space, including essential tips, tricks, and traps for any new food business
The truth behind the alag slave trade in the shrimp industry
The result is a page-turning portrait of an industry in flux, filled with the passion, ingenuity, and exploitation required to make this everyday miracle continue to function. The product of five years of research and hundreds of interviews across every level of the industry, The Secret Life of Groceries delivers powerful social commentary on the inherently American quest for more and the social costs therein.