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Heard a piece on the radio today about protests in French supermarkets, where a flash mob sets up tables from the gardening section and spreads them with food from the aisles and invites the shoppers to sit down and have a picnic.

Their defence is that it is a right in law to sample food before purchasing. But they're actually pissed off at supermarkets' excessive profits.

They interviewed one protester, who sounded like most mare-eyed socialists (but with a nice accent). Aside from her "radicalism" she made a few interesting observations: many people can't find financial independence in France until their mid-30s ie. living at home + people can't afford to eat like their parents did + there's alot of contact with similar youth movements in Greece and Spain.

Disappointingly, no connection made between rising commodity prices and central bank policies, and therefore no sympathy with the retailers' dilemma.

Anyway, this was news to me, but the picnic protests seem to have been around since early 2009:

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/01/25-3

For ages I've been posting bemused comments on this site about food price rises - I hadn't really seen any. But now they're kicking in quite viciously, and just when I expect commodity prices to collapse! I read a comment in the business pages a few days ago that there seems to have been a general decision by food retailers to push through price rises to the shop floor this autumn, and I guess what I'm seeing the past couple of weeks bears that out.

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I have seen rediculous price rises in the supermarkets in some food items, and other essentials such a loo roll or washing powder.

I just go without a lot of things I used to buy, and only stock up when i see it on a good offer.

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For me, the saddest thing about supermarkets is the crap food.

Food that is so plentiful, but to serve their needs is largely tasteless or inedible.

Take fruit like peaches or pears, picked so young that they rot before they ripen

or apples stored so long that you are still sold last seasons when the new crop comes in

or those small potatoes sold as 'new' when in fact they are the runts of the crop

Trouble is most people no longer have any idea of what food should or could be like.

We are so wealthy, but so poor

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For me, the saddest thing about supermarkets is the crap food.

Food that is so plentiful, but to serve their needs is largely tasteless or inedible.

Take fruit like peaches or pears, picked so young that they rot before they ripen

or apples stored so long that you are still sold last seasons when the new crop comes in

or those small potatoes sold as 'new' when in fact they are the runts of the crop

Trouble is most people no longer have any idea of what food should or could be like.

We are so wealthy, but so poor

I despair. I grow peaches that need a straw to eat them they are so juicy, fourteen varieties of apples, Victoria plums, greengages so sweet they stick to your fingers, strawberries from May until November, two varieties of pears.

My daughter-in-law won't eat any of this, she insists on buying Tesco rubbish, because it's bigger and "what's she's used to". Bullet-hard plums from South America, tasteless strawberries from Egypt and hard sour apples from South Africe.

What hope do we have whilst this mentality lives on?

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I can imagine.

It is a statistical fact that French households spend more on food than all other Europeans.

My experience of French supermarkets is that they are not cheap, though the quality of food is usually (often vastly) superior to the UK.

As disposable incomes reduce everywhere, I suppose the chains have been testing the upper limits of price acceptance and, have rudely discovered the limits of food price inflation.

A comment from 'soon not a chain retailer' would be interesting to this thread.

If the indulgent French are baulking at food prices, then Euro limits must well breached.

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For me, the saddest thing about supermarkets is the crap food.

Food that is so plentiful, but to serve their needs is largely tasteless or inedible.

Take fruit like peaches or pears, picked so young that they rot before they ripen

or apples stored so long that you are still sold last seasons when the new crop comes in

or those small potatoes sold as 'new' when in fact they are the runts of the crop

Trouble is most people no longer have any idea of what food should or could be like.

We are so wealthy, but so poor

When I worked for farmers as a teenager those mini potatoes were for chicken feed at £1 a 5 stone sack. = 70 lbs

Supermarkets are taking the piss out of ignorant shoppers and boosting their profits

ditto with the pumping of water and 'jell' stuff into all our meat/ham/chicken/prawns even

What bent leaders in Govt allow Big Business to get away with this without a word of mention.

It's like the 0.5% value of our devalued pound buying power since 1920 perpetrated by traitors of the UK in pursuit of their greed and moor wealth.

Watered down c_rap that is an illusion of meat

Edited by erranta

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