Friday, January 21, 2011
Re: Big Business LOVES Regulation
Danger agrees with Vedran Vuk's theory that Walmart is pulling the ol' meatpacker's trick. Though I can't really opine as to Walmart's strategy and whether they are pulling a somewhat homoerotic sounding "trick", I think requirements to lower sodium content of foods and requirements to improve the preservation of meat are qualtitatively different such that a smaller competitor in the walmart line of business today is not affected like the small meatpacker of yesteryear. Selling foods with less sodium only requires that store to stock less sodium filled products, versus a meatpacker who has to purchase new equipment, hire new staff to monitor the meats, etc. While big business may benefit from some regulations, I'm not sure this is one of them.