09 Aug '11, 12pm

Wal-Mart Moves to Measure the Sustainability of Its Produce

Wal-Mart is taking preliminary steps towards measuring the sustainability of its produce suppliers, according to The Packer , a publication covering the produce industry. Executives from the world's biggest retailer spoke at the 2011 Sustainable Food Lab Leadership Summit in Oregon in June, explaining that the company is currently determining what on-farm data to collect in an expanded pilot program. Wal-Mart intends to use some of the metrics developed by the California-based Stewardship Index for specialty crops, and reportedly will ask top producers in its global supply chain to complete a Sustainable Produce Assessment this year. The info collected is likely to include water, energy and fertilizer consumption, as well as waste production, pesticide use, yields and the use of refrigerants. Wal-Mart is working with the Sustainability Consortium to develop an overall sust...

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