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The Ups and Downs of the Recession And The Food Industry

Surprisingly, organic food sales are still thriving in the midst of the global recession.

A box of organic veggies.

Photo: Buzz Hofman (Flickr)

Luckily for consumers, more retailers are bringing the food directly to buyers, loading up trucks and taking to the streets.

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The recession doesn’t look to be slowing down that quickly, and thus, there have been loads of changes for food industries of all types. In good news, organic food sales are still increasing a smaller-but-still-steady rate of 7 percent, even when people are losing their jobs and could find it easier to buy cheaper, non-organics.

For consumers, there is more good news in the midst of the recession, as major retailers like Frito Lay have increased the size of their packages, without raising the prices. And, more and more retailers are bringing the food to the consumer, by loading up trucks and patrolling the streets, looking for customers, even though food cart owners in big cities are facing very tough times.

If all that isn’t enough, there are articles published every day that can help us do our own thing, which could save us money in the end – like building a geodesic dome solar greenhouse that could be used to grow your own food or gardening in a nice-sized box in your backyard.

What do you think about urine-to-hydrogen technology? Are you still buying organic? And have you ever driven while eating something dangerous? Let us know!

Read More:

  • Where We’re Spending Now – 10 Big Recession Surprises (Time CNN)
  • The Fast-Moving Food Truck Trend (New York Times)
  • Recession Reaching the Food Carts (Philly.com)
Cory Barker

Cory Barker is a summer intern for Earth Eats and senior IU student from Hartford City, Indiana. He is double majoring in journalism and communication and culture with a minor in business.

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