Why Wal-Mart Buying Into Sustainability Matters

In my column last week, I wrote of Wal-Mart and Target’s launch of organic foods and sustainable household products. This drew a mixed response from readers. For example, Stacy Mitchell of the highly-regarded Institute for Local Self Reliance, tweeted to challenge Wal-Mart’s organics program, saying any company that controls 25 percent of our food system could hardly be considered sustainable. It’s a fair point, one that questions how we respond to companies that confront us with a mix of damaging and helpful practices.

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