Bentonville, Arkansas (AP) --
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it will double its sale of locally sourced produce in the U.S. by the end of 2015.
The move by the world's biggest retailer is part of a new
sustainable agriculture strategy that looks to steer more business
to small and medium-sized farmers globally while also reducing
farming's environmental impact.
Wal-Mart plans to buy more of select U.S. crops. It also
anticipates providing training to 1 million farmers and farm
workers in emerging markets and selling $1 billion in food sourced
from 1 million small and medium-sized farmers.
Wal-Mart says it will start asking suppliers about water,
energy, fertilizer and pesticide used per unit of food produced.
The retailer also wants to lower food waste at its stores.