Can Small Farms Benefit From Wal-Mart’s Push Into Local Foods?


Listen to the story here.

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, is muscling in on one of the fastest growing segments of American agriculture: local food.

Two years ago, the chain announced its intention to step up local sourcing as part of a larger sustainability platform and a commitment to buy from small businesses. In that time, Wal-Mart says its percentage of produce sold from local farms has increased from 4 percent to 11 percent.

There’s no doubt Wal-Mart’s move into local foods has shaken up the food supply chain, but small family farms aren’t necessarily seeing the benefits.

Harvest Public Media, based at KCUR, is a collaborative public media project that reports on important agriculture issues in the Midwest.

KCUR-FM is a service of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Farm photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Tags: .
  • Recent UMKC News

    College Town. City Life.

    UMKC’s weekly arts, sports and culture roundup Each week, the … Read more

    Crossing Borders with Author Reyna Grande

    “It all begins with us” Reyna Grande, award-winning novelist and … Read more

    Historic Marker Honoring Local LGBT History to be Unveiled Downtown

    Bronze plaque commemorates first-ever national meeting of Gay and Lesbian … Read more