You can shop anywhere you like - as long as it's Tesco. The inexorable rise of supermarkets is big news, but have we really taken on board what this means for our daily lives, and of our children? This book analyses this subject. It states how the supermarkets (Tesco in particular) have brought: Banality; Ghost towns; and, a Supermarket State.
You can shop anywhere you like -- as long as it's Tesco
The inexorable rise of supermarkets is big news but have we really taken on board what this means for our daily lives, and those of our children? In this searing analysis Andrew Simms, director of the acclaimed think-and-do-tank the New Economics Foundation and the person responsible for introducing 'Clone Towns' into our vernacular, tackles a subject none of us can afford to ignore. The book shows how the supermarkets -- and Tesco in particular -- have brought:
" Banality -- homogenized high streets full of clone stores
" Ghost towns -- superstores have drained the life from our town centres and communities
" A Supermarket State -- this new commercial nanny state that knows more about you than you think
" Profits from poverty -- shelves full of global plunder, produced for a pittance
" Global food domination -- as the superstores expand overseas
But there's change afoot, with evidence of the tide turning and consumer campaigns gaining ground. Simms ends with suggestions for change and coporate reformation to safeguard our communities and environment -- all over the world.
This book has been written and published independently from the Tescopoly Alliance and is not endorsed by them.
Creative and compelling - The Guardian
'This book should be essential reading' Robert Watson, Head of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
'A compelling argument...find out you really owes what to whom' Tony Juniper, Friends of the Earth.
A well written and eye-opening account - News Letter
Andrew Simms is the author of several books including the bestselling Tescopoly. He is a Fellow of nef (the new economics foundation), trained at the London School of Economics and was described by New Scientist magazine as, 'a master at joined-up progressive thinking.' He is also one of the UK's leading campaigners who coined the term 'Clone Towns,' co-authored the groundbreaking Green New Deal, was one of the original organisers of the campaign to cancel poor country debt, and devised how to mark the day in the year when the world enters 'ecological debt.' Andrew witnessed first hand for more than twenty years failed international efforts to solve critical economic and environmental problems, from extreme poverty to climate change.
Andrew Simms is Policy Director of the New Economics Foundation (NEF) and a board member of Greenpeace UK. He is the author of Tescopoly and writes on various issues including climate change and globalisation.