If the greed of big corporations aren't already negatively affecting the way civilians live these days, now they're going to further change the way we eat - Reflecting a major shift in the way Americans shop for food, retailers better known for selling clothes or aspirin, including Walgreens, CVS/Pharmacy and Target, are expanding in a big way into the grocery business, with fresh produce, frozen meats and, yes, even sushi. Target invested $500 million last year alone in a new push on groceries, retrofitting some of its general merchandise stores with full-blown food sections. Sales and traffic at stores with the new grocery areas are about 6 percent higher than at similar stores without them, the company says. Walgreens began making over some stores in Chicago and New York a year ago, and added up to 500 food items. CVS/Pharmacy last year redesigned about 200 of its stores in urban areas like Boston, Detroit and New York, and expects to make over about 20 percent of its 7,100 stores in all. - http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/17/business/17grocery.html?_r=1&ref=business Now don't get me wrong... we already know that there are some foods that you can get from drugstores and department chains. However, with the prospect of more big corporations selling fresh produce and meats it poses a problem. Since already large corporate entities (such as McDonald's and Wal-Mart) directly affect the way most foods are created & processed in this country, the addition of more big companies will most likely ensure that food quality is continually sacrificed for quantity beyond the already current trends that is aiding to the fattening of American citizens. Of course, some people would like to think that the FDA would at least try to tighten up regulations... but with a bunch of rabid ideologues complaining that we need less federal regulations on everything, there's a great chance that any attempt to enforce a healthier standard for meats & fresh produce would be greeted with the usual "big government is bad", or "you need the government to make decisions for you" rhetoric. But hey, as long as you can get it cheap the quality of the meat shouldn't matter, right? Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to adjust my workout to make up for all of the additional fillers, chemicals and other junk that will be injected into our fresh foods. In the meantime, let the discussion begin.