Can a grocery store fight elitism? Author Tracie McMillan seeks to answer this question, and more, as she writes about the experiences of a new Whole Foods store in Detroit for Slate. The piece explores the complex relationships between food, diet, health, poverty, culture and race. Whole Foods is making a gamble that their business model can appeal to impoverished communities, and is investing in community outreach, education, and even cooking classes. But is it working?
“The lesson from Whole Foods in Detroit may well be that the problem is not food, but poverty.”
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