The adoption of best-in-class agricultural practices, including precision agriculture and feed optimization, can help reduce farmer input costs, improve water quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Walmart is a founding member of the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative (MRCC), which brings together retailers, suppliers and conservation organizations to help farmers in the U.S. heartland adopt farming practices that can reduce greenhouse emissions, improve soil health and water quality and lower costs.
In 2021 Walmart and Sam's Club released our Row Crop Position Statement at our Sustainable Row Crop Summit, outlining farming and reporting best practices for our row crop suppliers. We also announced new 2030 goals with MRCC that reflect our shared ambition for a more regenerative agriculture system, including ensuring that 30 million acres in the Midwest employ practices that support improved outcomes for soil health, greenhouse gases, water quality and use, biodiversity and farmer livelihoods.
Since 2005, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation reports that this program has conserved more than 1.8 million acres of land.
Along with the Walmart Foundation, we have set a goal to help protect, manage or restore 1 million square miles of ocean by 2030. Walmart is working with others to accelerate the sustainability of our own assortment as well as the industry as a whole, through multiple actions including updating our sourcing policies, investing in data/insights about issues in the value chain, building capacity among fisheries, advocating for law enforcement with government and other public bodies, and promoting responsible recruitment practices.
Our philanthropic and business sustainability strategies focus on helping to promote healthier fisheries and ocean ecosystems through increased use of certifications, support for fishery improvement projects and the strengthening of monitoring systems. For example, Walmart is moving to source its U.S. stores Great Value canned tuna as Marine Stewardship Council-certified or, based on supplier reports, from a time-bound Fishery Improvement Project actively working toward certification.