29 Apr '11, 7pm

Is Walmart our best hope for food policy reform?

Is Walmart our best hope for food policy reform?

Photo: Code Poet Two years into the Obama administration, most of the energy around food-policy reform resides in the East Wing, in the form of the first lady's Let's Move! campaign. So far, Let's Move has been about Michelle Obama pursuing what I have called a "soft power " campaign -- that is, using her stature to nudge private companies to reform their ways in the absence of real policy change. So far, the centerpiece of Let's Move! has been a non-binding deal the first lady and her staff worked out with Walmart in January, in which the retail giant vowed to push down the prices of the fruits and vegetables it sells as well as push its processed-food suppliers to cut down on added sugars and fats. (Walmart wields tremendous power in the U.S. food system -- it owns a commanding 25 16 percent share of the U.S. grocery market.) [See correction on Walmart's grocery market s...

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