We’re pleased to share this week’s announcement that the world’s largest retailer—Walmart—has publicly committed to a sweeping range of pollinator conserving actions: Restoring Pollinator Habitats is Key to Feeding the Future
Walmart has committed to help address the pollinator crisis by asking its fresh produce suppliers around the world who supply its U.S. stores to phase out use of highly toxic and long-lived insecticides. They are also asking all fresh produce suppliers to move toward more sustainable practices. Specifically, Walmart called on all their fruit and vegetable suppliers to:
- Restore 3% of their production land to pollinator habitat.
- Begin phasing out nitroguanidine neonicotinoids and chlorpyrifos insecticides, two types of insecticides linked to global pollinator declines.
To help accelerate these actions, by 2025, all fresh produce suppliers to Walmart must be certified in one of ten different third party-verified sustainable farming standards, a list that includes Bee Better Certified, USDA Organic, Rainforest Alliance, and several others.
Bee Better Certified offers third party-verified sustainable farming standards that rewards growers for committing to supporting pollinators. Growers must provide habitat on 5% of the certified acreage and change pesticide applications to protect pollinators. (Photo: Xerces Society / Cameron Newell.)
Walmart has also committed to:
- Keep invasive plant species out of their garden department, and
- Advance labeling of nursery plants grown without systemic insecticides.
The company is re-imagining their forthcoming new home office as a native plant-filled campus within a pollinator-friendly green infrastructure. This is backed by ongoing commitments to restore pollinator habitat around many of their stores and distribution centers.
These actions represent a major milestone with the potential to impact millions of acres of fruit and vegetable production worldwide. All in all, a promising announcement that we hope is wildly successful, pun intended.
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