New report compares Walmart food claims with reality

Rebecca Prescott22 Feb 2012

Making Change (a campaign challenging Walmart to help rebuild our economy and strengthen working families) at Walmart applauds the release of Why Walmart Can’t Fix the Food System.

The report, issued by Food & Water Watch, analyses the rift between the image Walmart markets and the company’s actual impact on the food system.

Dan Schlademan, director of Making Change at Walmart, said: “This new report from Food & Water Watch peels back the shiny outer layer of Walmart’s food initiatives and exposes them as nothing more than an ambitious public relations campaign. The truth is Walmart’s very business model prevents it from achieving sustainability.”

Walmart Free NYC (a local coalition that is aligned with Making Change at Walmart) and Food & Water Watch will hold a press conference on the steps of New York City Hall.

Anticipated featured speakers include Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter, Bertha Lewis from the Black Institute, Matt Ryan from ALIGN, Stuart Applebaum, president of RWDSU, Mark Dunlea of the NYS Hunger Action Network, Benjamin Solitaire of the Brooklyn Food Coalition and East New York activist, Maria Maisonnett.

They will address Walmart’s role as the largest food retailer in the United States and the company’s potential impact on NYC if it is allowed to open stores.

Source: UFCW