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Walmart Goes Local

How many reusable bags does it take to tote $1 billion worth of local produce?

In just a few years, locavores might find themselves shopping at a once unthinkable destination: Walmart. The retail behemoth announced new goals to dramatically increase its patronage of local and sustainable farms, according to a New York Times article on Thursday.

While Walmart began to source food from local farms a few years ago—to save on fuel costs and boost its public image—the new goals represent a much more serious effort to focus on local. Plans include investing $2 billion globally in infrastructure for local food distribution, doubling the percentage of local produce sold in American stores, and selling $1 billion worth of produce from smaller, local farms in Walmart's emerging market locations.

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