I’ve been a Walmart Mom since 2008. In that time, there have been moments when I wished that the company would make more strides toward being more sustainable. There have been times when I wished that the strides they ARE making were more visible to the public. This time, though, I am thankful that I am around to see this change, particularly because it has happened not on a small scale, but in almost all Walmart stores.
Stores recently introduced a new, larger section filled with locally-grown produce!
Why is this such a big deal? Well, when you consider the fact that the average food item, produce or otherwise, travels thousands of miles before it gets to your table, you’ll understand how buying produce that was grown not just in your region, but in your state, will means improved quality and freshness, for longer-lasting value. But it also means that the emissions from the transport of said produce is greatly reduced, because it traveled a much shorter distance.
In my store, the supply of local produce includes green peppers, onions, tomatoes, corn and squash. My daughter and I grabbed an ample supply of peppers and onions and a couple of tomatoes. In my fridge, that meant about an additional week of freshness. Since we go through a lot of onions and peppers, that was awesome and has convinced me to buy local again.
Plus, in the store, all of it was labeled as local with such obvious signage in such an obvious location that you literally could not miss it if you tried. And that makes me happy. Because it means that even customers who might not realize the value of buying local produce will end up doing it by default. And good sales mean that the supply of local produce will likely increase. And hopefully lead to bigger changes. Like more produce that is both local AND organic. Or at least a large selection of both.
See…I’m a big picture kind of thinker, which is why I opted to become a Walmart Mom in the first place. And today, I am a proud mom, because I’m finally seeing large-scale changes that make me feel like our collective efforts to make the world a greener place have not been in vain.
Disclosure: I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. I was provided with compensation for sharing their campaign for locally grown produce with you. Participation is voluntary and, as usual, all opinions are my own.