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Friday, March 24, 2006 3:01 PM
A New White Hat?
Kevin Salwen on Environment & Sustainability

Well, lookee here. Guess who's coming in big into the organic-foods party: Everyone's favorite corporate whipping boy, Wal-Mart. 'Putting new items on the shelf this year, from organic cotton baby clothes to ocean fish caught in ways that don't harm the environment, is part of a broader green policy launched last year to meet consumer demand, cut costs for things like energy and packaging and burnish a battered reputation,' the AP reports. Wal-Mart plans to double its organic offerings in the next month and have some 400 items on the shelves by the summer.

What's encouraging about this is that Wal-Mart's size can help create real, major change in the way its suppliers source food, clothing and other goods. And, as we've reported earlier, big box Costco already is doing that with its offerings. This all could trigger significant expansion of the organic offerings that start to become mainstream options for consumers. Hopefully, they can go downscale in a way that is truly mass (don't less-affluent consumers deserve the option of organics too?).

But there's a nagging side question to all this: If Wal-Mart stops being the whipping boy in the pantheon of Bad Corporate Citizens, who might take their place? Nominees, anyone?


Romeo Bravo - 3/27/2006 10:16:19 PM
Is this whole organic movement being oversold? I think the mass consumerization of organic products is inevitabley going to lead to situations where food is grown in Peru and then put it on an airplane to the United States.
I don't see how that helps the planet any more than non-organic food.

From what I understand organic food also needs more space to grow as yields are less than regular chemical fertilizer. Has there been any study on the taste of organic food vs. non-organic?
Jerrome - 3/27/2006 8:42:44 AM
Kung, That's an interesting point you raise. Do you mean to say that size is always bad?
Kung Foodie - 3/27/2006 1:27:04 AM
Hmmmm...it wasn't the food WM sold that made them a big bad corporate citizen. If they start selling organics sure, it might help to lower consumer prices overall, but I wonder how many small farms will get choked out of business? How many small organic grocers get choked out? And how long before WM and large corporate food producers team up to change the regulations on what can/can't be considered organic?
farnsworth - 3/25/2006 5:25:29 PM
Exxon. - CEO rejects the idea of global warming
Halliburton - duh
IHOP - How in God's name do people eat that?
Bectel - they've been awfully quiet these days...


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