Wal-Mart: America’s Largest Retailer Of Local Produce
Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, claims that it has become America’s “largest buyer of locally-grown fruits and vegetables”. While a tricky statement to confirm when a retailer has locations thousands of miles apart, the term “local” is referring to the distance between its distribution centers and local farmers. And as long as they’re both within the same state, it’s locally produced.
Treehugger brings up a few interesting points:
Restaurants that currently feature locally produced food will have to compete for the staples of their operation, potentially driving up prices in the short term.