See through the sugar-coated lure

PUBLISHED: 02:01 09 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:27 10 June 2010

Sustainable prosperity of a town depends on thriving small businesses, shops and markets trading local produce where possible, keeping the economy circulating locally. We must see through the sugar-coated lure of the quick fix offer that Asda is using to

Sustainable prosperity of a town depends on thriving small businesses, shops and markets trading local produce where possible, keeping the economy circulating locally. We must see through the sugar-coated lure of the quick fix offer that Asda is using to disguise the bitter reality of a lot of open-mouthed tills eager to suck revenue out of the town into their multi-national, fat cat coffers.The real price of mass-produced, often distantly sourced, cheap food and clothing is paid by struggling farmers and lower-paid workers. The seduction of more for less understandably appeals, especially to those of us on low incomes, but our gain is inevitably somebody else's loss, but never the supermarket's. It also encourages the over-consumption and waste attitude that is fundamental to many of the world's major problems. In truly progressive societies, the superstore is already obsolete. It is essential to grasp the connection and view the bigger picture -think global, act local! The Exe estuary and Exmouth town is a little bit of planet for which we are responsible. To allow a superstore to be built on the proposed site would be shameful. B A Walker,(via email).

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