Food: Behind the Boycotts: Why Prices are High

Behind the boycotts:

Why Price are High

Supermarket boycotts spread like butter on a sizzling griddle last week. Encouraged by reports that several shopping-cart blockades the week before had forced the great chains to lower some prices, housewives marched in more than 100 cities. Placard-waving pickets popped up in places as disparate as Pittsburgh and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Washington, B.C. and Lubbock, Texas. Esther Peterson, the former Utah schoolteacher who is the President's special assistant for consumer affairs, egged on a band of New York City demonstrators, urging them to "vote with the dollar."

The Federal Trade Commission promised to...

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