Wal-Mart to Double Purchases from Small and Local Farms

Wal-Mart to Double Purchases from Small and Local Farms

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farmers market tomatoes, by GeriWal-Mart joins a growing list of corporations supporting sustainable agriculture programs and small farmers, saying it is planning to double the sales of local produce in its U.S. stores by the end of 2015.

The world’s largest retailer said it would also sell more than $1 billion each year in food from 1 million small and medium-sized farms in emerging markets by the end of 2015, helping to increase income for those farmers 10 percent.

Wal-Mart also said it will require that palm oil from sustainable sources be used in all of its private-label products by the end of 2015.

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