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Wal-Mart to buy more locally grown produce

New focus on sustainable agriculture among suppliers


 

The giant retail chain Wal-Mart anounced a new plan to focus on sustainable agriculture in an effort to improve environmental efficiency among suppliers, putting more locally grown food in its US stores, the New York Times reports. The program will also invest in training and infrastructure for small and medium-size farmers, especially in emerging markets, and measure the efficiency of large suppliers as they grow their produce and get it to store shelves. The world’s largest grocer, Wal-Mart also has one of the biggest supply chains so its changes will have a large effect. Five years ago, when the company set a goal to increase reliance on renewable energy and reduce packaging waste, others quickly followed suit. Wal-Mart expects to meet its goals by late 2015, hoping to double the percentage of locally grown produce (defined here as what’s grown and sold in the same state) to 9 per cent. In Canada, the company expects to buy 30 per cent of produce locally by late 203, and by the end of 2013, when available, 100 per cent.

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Wal-Mart to buy more locally grown produce

  1. people will buy more local and organic when it is affordable ..wal-mart is the chain that can pull it off …whole foods has the best stuff but has a reputation of being pricey even though they have some good sales and a good store brand called 365

  2. I guess I have a problem with Wal-Mart's definition, especially in the U.S. where you have so many smaller (than provinces) states. That's a lot of borders, and even if you are five minutes away from a store, you wouldn't be considered "local" according to their definition.

    Also, what does this mean? "the company expects to buy 30 per cent of produce locally by late 203, and by the end of 2013, when available, 100 per cent."

    • another web typo!