Global Food, Health, and Society

A Colby Community Website for ST297, Fall 2018

Author: Cierra

Grocery Stores Across the United States

As humans we need to eat, and to eat we need food, and to make food we need to either purchase it or grow it ourselves. In today’s society there is an extremely small number of people in the United States that grow all of their own food. As a result practically everyone has to purchase food in some capacity, whether it be at restaurants or fast food chains, farmer’s markets, or the most popular place to buy food, the grocery store. Almost everywhere one goes there is typically a grocery store of some capacity.

There are over 60,000 grocery stores in the United States that come in all different varieties. There are the traditional supermarkets that provide every type of grocery product ranging from fresh vegetables to meats. Another type is the limited grocery store that offers an extremely limited number of brands but still a wide variety of grocery items, with an example being Save-A-Lot. The next common type of store is categorized as supercenters and include stores like Target, that contain a decent number of grocery items, yet are bigger in selling non-food products. The final large portion of grocery stores are categorized as warehouse grocery stores. These stores offer discounted items that are purchased in bulk and can sometimes require a membership, an example being Costco (FoodIndustry). As one can see, the buying and selling of food products to the common man is a huge industry that has elicited the creation of many varieties of stores that each has its own perks.

 

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California’s Cornucopia

When thinking about California one often thinks about the stereotypical beaches, Hollywood, and the Golden Gate bridge. However, California has much more to offer than that. The state of California is so monstrous and diverse that some believe it should be split into multiple states. The diversity comes not only in the type of people or places that line California’s golden coast. Originally founded as a result of the Gold Rush that began in 1848,California  has maintained its ‘golden’ status not as a provider of gold but as a provider of food. California has over 80,000 farms that are able to produce not only two thirds of the fruits and nuts for the United States, but more than 400 various food items as well (Medina). As a result of this, California can be considered a cornucopia and has influenced its unique cuisine.

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