Yesterday, as Walmart released its fourth quarter earnings, Food & Water Watch released a report analyzing the rift between Walmart’s marketing claims and the true impact the company has on the food system.
I had the chance to talk with Andrea Thomas, Wal-Mart’s Vice President of Sustainability, about Wal-Mart’s new healthy eating initiative. She kindly answered a few questions I had about the programs.
Wal-Mart announced their intentions this morning to make food healthier and to make healthy food affordable. Working with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative, Wal-Mart will increase accessibility to healthy foods through lower prices, location of stores, and better nutrition in popular packaged items.
Retail giant Wal-Mart is often criticized for their environmental and labor practices. They’ve just announced a new initiative that will put the focus on locally-sourced produce.
Wal-Mart recently announced that it will be focusing more on local food. Will this be good or bad for local economies?