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As Walmart releases its fourth quarter earnings, Food & Water Watch releases a report analyzing the rift between Walmart’s marketing claims and the true impact the company has on the food system. Why Walmart Can’t Fix the Food System finds that Walmart’s recent high-profile initiatives to bring healthier fare to food deserts, expand healthy food offerings including local and organic food, and be environmentally sustainable are merely window dressing to divert attention away from the company’s business model, which squeezes farmers, workers and processors, and drives food production to become more consolidated and industrialized.
As Walmart releases its fourth quarter earnings, Food & Water Watch releases a report analyzing the rift between Walmart’s marketing claims and the true impact the company has on the food system. Why Walmart Can’t Fix the Food System finds that Walmart’s recent high-profile initiatives to bring healthier fare to food deserts, expand healthy food offerings including local and organic food, and be environmentally sustainable are merely window dressing to divert attention away from the company’s business model, which squeezes farmers, workers and processors, and drives food production to become more consolidated and industrialized.

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Published by: Food and Water Watch on Feb 21, 2012
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Why Walmart Cant Fix the Food System
 
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Walmart is the biggest company in the United Statesand the country’s largest food retailer.
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Walmart isso big that it has an unprecedented amount of powerin all sectors of the economy. Food is no exception.When there is one player this large connecting foodproducers and food consumers, consumers are nolonger the food industry’s customers — Walmart is. And the saying “the customer is always right” hasnever been more appropriate.Walmart is such a large customer that even large foodprocessors cannot refuse any demands that Walmartmakes upon them. The company’s model is based onpractices that drive consolidation; take money awayfrom farmers, workers and processors; and driveagriculture to get more industrialized.Walmart’s business model is part of the problem,which means the company is not going to be a mean-ingful part of the solution to problems in the foodsupply. Instead of succumbing to Walmart’s publicrelations o
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ensive and pressure to be allowed in newurban areas, all levels of government should look forother solutions to increase communities’ access tohealthy food.
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