31 May 2006

- Freedom of "Choice" -

Why is it that the larger the grocery stores, the fewer the real choices available on the shelves?

Ten thousand different kinds of pre-cooked (high-fat, high-sodium) burgers, three thousand different chips and soft drinks, six hundred and fifty "new and improved" eighteen-bladed razors; but you can hardly find a decent loaf of bread, much less 10 lb bags of flour (don't even think about looking for 25 lb. bags) or such "exotic" items as kosher salt or good (i.e., non-canned) olives.

I wish I lived close enough to a co-op or small, local grocer to make it economical to shop at regularly. But I don't. Sigh. The choice of the suburbs is to have no choice at all.