Posted: 15/08/2015 at 12:29
Hosta - All supermarkets are definitely not the same and that's the main reason I shop at Waitrose. I believe it is a good retailer offering excellent value for money. Not the cheapest - but the best value.
I think high standards of animal welfare are extremely important, and that exploiting farmers / suppliers by changing contracts ad hoc and by underpaying them for fruit, veg and other products is just plain wrong
I only buy meat which I believe to have been produced following the highest standards of animal welfare and am only interested in buying other food stuffs which I believe have been purchased from the producers through fair and reasonable contracts.
I realise there are people out there who don't really have enough money to spend a lot on food - but I don't think that is a good enough excuse for supporting supermarkets which sell discounted food because of exploitative contracts.
When money was tight I ate very little meat because I couldn't afford to buy free range UK produce. Fruit and veg were bought cheaply at the end of the day off the market. I learned how to make the most of any meat I did buy (e.g. 10 portions of food plus soup from one chicken) and had a good repertoire in egg dishes. I still refuse to eat bacon sarnies at my in-laws because they buy Danish bacon.
It is still possible to eat well but very cheaply without exploiting animals, farmers and other suppliers. Unfortunately too many people are too lazy to find out how or make the effort to do it.
I like the convenience of shopping at a supermarket and I believe that Waitrose does allow me to have that convenience and stay true to my principles. I would like to think that Booth's in the NW works in a similar way.
You will only find me in Asda, Tescos or Morrisons to buy cheap booze....