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Walmart Pledges ‘More Sustainable Food System’

WalmartWalmart will launch a Climate Smart Agriculture Platform, designed to provide increased visibility to agriculture yields, GHG emissions and water usage, and take other measures to create a more sustainable food system.

The retail giant’s commitment, made at Walmart’s annual Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting on Monday, focuses on what the company calls “four key pillars”: increasing access to food, making healthier eating easier, and improving the safety and transparency of the food chain. At the meeting Walmart outlined new steps towards each of these four initiatives.

Affordable: The company’s Climate Smart Agriculture Platform will, over the next 10 years, increase visibility while driving adoption of best practices in sustainable agriculture.

Accessible: Since announcing its Fighting Hunger Together commitment in 2010, Walmart and Sam’s Club facilities have donated more than 1.58 billion pounds of food, surpassing the initial goal of 1.1 billion over five years, a year early. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation now will expand their commitment to accessibility by aiming to provide 4 billion healthier meals to those who need them in the US over the next five years.

Healthier: To help more consumers to adopt healthier eating habits, starting in 2015, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will provide nutrition education to 4 million US households.

Safe and Transparent: Walmart will work to provide more information and transparency about the products on its shelves so customers can see where an item came from, how it was made and decode the ingredient label.

At its Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting last year, Walmart said it will work with suppliers to reduce or eliminate toxic chemicals in its products and cut its agriculture fertilizer use on as many as 14 million acres of farmland in the US by 2020.

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