Summaries – cfalover

Is Walmart Really Going Organic and Local?

It seems counterintuitive that Walmart is one of the top-selling groceries for organic foods when, in fact, their produce as well as other products are not actually organic. Walmart is typically the go-to market around here for food, since it is for more reasonable prices and it is close in distance. It also sells 18 percent of America’s groceries. So why would Walmart lie about the origin of its food?

Walmart was selling billions of dollars of “organic” food because of its own rule: produce is local if it is sold in the state that it is produced. When asked where the produce was coming from, Walmart listed three well-organized farms, but these farms do not produce organic produce. The supermarket apparently buys its produce from more broad farms because the prices are cheaper and they can resell it as organic, since it is from a “local” farm, and therefore make high profit. This is really unfortunate to the buyers though, because many people trust supermarkets to have organic produce and Walmart is one of the top sellers of organic produce, when in fact is it not. They only invest in other organic products such as milk or certain types of baby foods. This is completely counterintuitive since they are lying to the customers about the quality of their products, but being commercialized and seen as a number-one seller of organic produce.

How Mom’s Death Changed My Thinking About End-of-Life Care

It seems counterintuitive that doctors tend to take off life support for patients who will remain in a coma because it is too expensive and morally wrong to continue them on this type of treatment when the U.S. health system confirmed that there is an ample amount of money to support families in a decision of their choice. The fact that doctors make families believe this is morally wrong and insensitive.

When people have a family member or a loved one hospitalized and end up on life support, it is emotionally tragic and a huge hardship. It is a huge decision to make whether you want to continue this type of treatment and to determine when it is the right time to let them pass. Many doctors, once confirming the patient has a low chance of recovery, tend to advice against keeping patients on life support for a long period of time because the cost is high and the multiple machines are uncomfortable to be hooked up to. This is counterintuitive though, because like stated before, the health care system has plenty of money to support families in their decisions. Why tell patients this if we have the money?

Many doctors believe patients have passed on once they are put on life support, but it is hard for families to see that. They need to be supported when going through this, and the health care system agrees with this. Hospitals need to start supporting the wishes of patients and their families more sensitively. Everyone deals with death differently.

What life lessons go against common sense or beliefs?

It seems counterintuitive that if money CAN buy happiness, then why are so many wealthy people unhappy? In my opinion, having a reasonable amount of money (not overly wealthy) makes you appreciate the things you already have in life more. If you are very wealthy, you can buy whatever you like, but it doesn’t necessarily make every person happy. Everybody has different things that make them happy. Overall though, the things that bring you long-term happiness generally cannot be bought. True happiness comes from within, not just from possessions.

Some people think that once they have an ample amount of money, that buying all of the items they wanted will thrill them. For some, that is true. For others, not so much. Happiness comes in many different shapes in forms, but money cannot buy happiness. You need to realize what makes you happy.

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2 Responses to Summaries – cfalover

  1. davidbdale says:

    CFA, you clearly understand the premise of the assignment, but I’m having a hard time figuring out what exactly you find counterintuitive about the articles you’ve elected to analyze. My practice is to review just one of three and hope that the recommendations I make will apply to the others. Let’s see.

    It seems counterintuitive that Walmart is one of the top-selling groceries for organic foods when, in fact, their produce as well as other products are not actually organic.
    —That’s not exactly counterintuitive. It’s disturbing certainly. And it certainly shouldn’t be permitted to continue. But COUNTERINTUITIVE defies your expectations. If Walmart had a centuries-old reputation for integrity and everyone fully expected completely ethical behavior from the company, then finding out they were cutting corners would be counterintuitive.

    Walmart is typically the go-to market around here for food, since it is for more reasonable prices and it is close in distance. It also sells 18 percent of America’s groceries. So why would Walmart lie about the origin of its food?
    —Why would their command of a big market share make them more honest? Maybe Walmart has gained its success by not being entirely upfront.

    Walmart was selling billions of dollars of “organic” food because of its own rule: produce is local if it is sold in the state that it is produced.
    —I’m unclear on your claim here. There’s no connection between “local” and “organic,” CFA. Organic produce can come from anywhere, and local produce can be either organic or inorganic.

    When asked where the produce was coming from, Walmart listed three well-organized farms, but these farms do not produce organic produce. The supermarket apparently buys its produce from more broad farms because the prices are cheaper and they can resell it as organic, since it is from a “local” farm, and therefore make high profit.
    —Again, this logic doesn’t follow. They can’t sell food as “organic” just because it’s local. And nobody would ever conclude that all local produce is organic. So your point is lost.

    This is really unfortunate to the buyers though, because many people trust supermarkets to have organic produce and Walmart is one of the top sellers of organic produce, when in fact is it not.
    —Sort of. People do trust supermarkets to be honest about whether their produce is local or organic or both or neither. But nobody EXPECTS local organic produce. Stores charge more for both, and they clearly identify products or areas of the store that feature these premium products.

    I hope that will help you make more defensible claims when you revise your post, CFA. But whether you revise or not, I expect you to be responsive to feedback so I know you respect the process. Otherwise, I’ll be less likely to help you in the future. Thanks!

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    • cfalover says:

      Thank you, David. I really appreciate the feedback and I will definitely take your input and revise so that it fits the description of the assignment. I think sometimes i over think on assignments like these and go off topic, thank you for your feedback.

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