Holy mackerel! Another evil empire is dabbling in something good. . .
"Walmart says it wants to revive local economies and communities that lost out when agriculture became centralized in large states."
"Even if the price Walmart pays for local produce is slightly higher than what it would pay large growers, savings in transport and the ability to order smaller quantities at a time can make up the difference."
Through this new local-foods program, Walmart "could do more to encourage small and medium-size American farms than any number of well-meaning nonprofits, or the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with its new Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food campaign."
I'll still shop at Whole Foods out of sheer snobbery, but to have Walmart offering such competition is a giant win for local farms.