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• The Arkansas Democrat/Gazette has an interesting story about how Walmart is utilizing local farmers throughout the US, serving as both a way to cut down on the miles between farm and fork and a way for Walmart to differentiate and distinguish itself in the food business.

The story notes that Walmart buys about 70 percent of its produce from U.S.-based suppliers, but that those in the know seem to feel that more can be done – that better communication and coordination can create a connection between retailers and local farmers that will have both economic and environmental benefits.
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