Apropos my post of last week, the trend of much-maligned, often deservedly so, corporations stepping up and changing how they do business in order to address critical social needs continues with news that the largest retailer in the world, Walmart, will reduce sugar and salt and eliminate trans fats in the packaged goods they sell.
Additionally, the company that has come under intense criticism for their labor policies and for putting many small locally-owned companies out of business will lower the price of fruits and vegetables and give more money to programs that educate people about good nutrition.
All of this happens via a four-year plan announced in Washington with First Lady Michelle Obama.
Again, as I stated last week, these efforts must be celebrated. Walmart is not going away anytime soon, so better they make efforts to address our nation’s dire health crisis, no?
And, while the most important and effective long-term sustainability strategy is the growth of local, organic agriculture, there’s no reason to not continue efforts along those lines AND applaud Walmart at the same time.
So, sure, keep your eye on the prize — the day we put Walmarts out of business as more and more consumers decide to buy local. Just don’t sabotage the efforts Walmart does make to meet social needs while they are still around.