A sprawling Walmart grocery store is just about as far opposite from a sprawling farmers market as you can get. But last week, Walmart revealed plans to start selling more local produce along with many other sustainability goals. What do you think about this?
In recent years, Walmart has grown to become the world's largest grocery store. That's the entire world. Changes like increasing the amount of locally grown food to 9% of its offerings or reducing its amount of food waste by 10% sound like small things, but Walmart is so big that these changes will have a major impact.
In this sense, we applaud Walmart. If they start to create the infrastructure to supply regional stores with locally-grown food, that becomes something that other grocery stores can also use and benefit from. This also brings better-quality and (theoretically) more affordable fresh produce to people that don't always have access to good produce or the means to buy it.
But we also have to admit that something about this just doesn't sit right with us. Maybe we're just slow to accept that a big corporation like Walmart can actually change its nature and start doing good work for the sustainable food movement. It makes us feel very confused.
Here are a few recently-published articles to check out:
• Walmart Unveils Sustainable Agriculture Goals from the Walmart Corporation
• Walmart to Buy More Local Produce from the New York Times
• Walmart Sustainability Initiative Focuses on Local Produce, Small Farmers from Treehugger
What are your thoughts on all of this?