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Walmart Is Changing Where It Gets This Popular Grocery Staple From

The decision is part of a larger effort to be more environmentally conscious.
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Walmart has made big announcements lately about their strategies to be more environmentally friendly. Back in July, they teamed up with Target and CVS Health on the "Beyond the Bag" campaign. It was formed to reduce the use of plastic bags in stores.

But the grocery giant is taking another step and changing up where they source one of their meat products. Look out for Walmart sustainable beef in stores (and in Sam's Club locations) before 2025. Almost half of the land around the country is dedicated to grazing, they said in a recent news post. And they want to make sure they are getting their beef from places that produce it sustainably.

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By 2025, they plan to focus on getting their beef products from places that emphasize healthy soil and use antibiotics responsibly, according to Supermarket News. In addition, these places will also have animal welfare rules and a sustainable supply chain. By focusing on producers with these methods, the company hopes to encourage other suppliers to look at their own products and make environmentally-friendly changes.

They plan to partner with the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative, and Field to Market to further their efforts. By doing so they will also use suppliers who follow the "Five Freedoms" that mean animals are given acceptable space, lighting, air quality, food, and water, according to American Humane.

"As the needs of the world have shifted, we are furthering our original goal while staying true to one of our earliest sustainability commitments — to sell more sustainable products while maintaining the low prices customers expect," they said. "Grasslands, rangelands and pasture also store abundant soil carbon. Without proper management, livestock grazing can lead to erosion, and it can decrease soil carbon storage. On the other hand, well-managed grazing can help secure clean water, enhance habitat, sustain rural communities and store additional carbon in the soil, which helps mitigate emissions."

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Amanda McDonald
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