Tuesday, July 08, 2008

The Associated Press: Wal-Mart branches out into locally grown produce

Wait! I thought only dirty fucking hippies cared about crap like this...
Wal-Mart branches out into locally grown produce

Wal-Mart stores in Arizona now stock Grand Canyon sweet onions while aisles in New York display state-grown eggplant, as the world's largest retailer says it has become the nation's largest buyer of locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to purchase and sell $400 million worth of produce grown by local farmers within its state stores this year, an effort the company says will only grow. Academic studies show buying locally cuts down on transportation mileage while also assuring customers of a product's providence amid mass recalls.

'Wal-Mart would not be the first' to buy local, said Rich Pirog, associate director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. 'But they're obviously, without question, the largest retailer to go down this route.'

3 comments:

Bryan said...

Watch out! The AP doesn't like blogs quoting more than 4-5 words from their articles. The copyright police will surely descend upon you shortly.

Super Target was selling locally grown seed corn this weekend, which surprised me! Here's to high gas prices bringing back the hallowed farmer's market!

Central FLA Gardener said...

shorten. the. supply. chain.

akeorlando said...

I haven't stepped foot in a Wal-mart in over three years. But props to them for trying to "do something good" for the economy. Would this be considered part of the "green" movement?