Cambridge 2000: Mill Road: Arjuna Wholefoods, 12

Description: Mill Road: Arjuna Wholefoods, 12
Date built: c1900
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Date photograph taken: 27 Dec 2000 (Alternative map: Google map)

The oldest running "health food" shop in the city, catering mainly to people who do not want supermarket food for some reason or other, or who are looking for food that supermarkets do not generally have (e.g. rye flour).

One current big battle is over "genetically modified" (GM) food, the large sign on the door says that "GM free" food is available in the store. This is the meaning of GM as used by people in 2000. Unfortunately all food has been genetically modified by humans and for thousands of years (e.g. through breeding of varieties, which creates combinations of DNA which would not have occured without human intervention). The current methodology is just more fundamental and precise (inevitably), so it has higher rewards and risks, with the latter largely unknown.

Mill Road has many such small shops running all the way up it and is the way shopping in England existed before the relatively recent arrival (from the 1970s onwards) of supermarkets and shopping malls.

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