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Walmart plans sustainable beef move

Walmart's plan to buy more sustainable beef represents the largest public commitment by a single retailer. | File photo

Walmart plans to buy 1.5 million pounds of sustainable beef from Canadian ranchers.

The retail giant announced Oct. 7 that it will purchase the beef over the next calendar year as part of its sustainability program.

"We're immensely proud of what this… signifies to the industry and the impact it will have for our farmers and ranchers, customers, suppliers and partners," Horacio Barbeito, president and chief executive officer of Walmart Canada, said in a statement. "We're making massive strides towards advancing sustainability within the Canadian beef industry, propelled by our commitment to being a regenerative company."

Walmart's plan to buy more sustainable beef represents the largest public commitment by a single retailer.

The decision builds upon an earlier Walmart commitment from this spring.

In May, Walmart Canada said it would sell beef patties from farms and ranches that meet the standards of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.

Beef patties sold at Walmart, through its Your Fresh Market brand, now feature the CRSB Certified label.

The CRSB is a voluntary program in which beef producers can earn third-party certification for practices that are socially responsible, good for the environment, economically sound and

that prioritize "the planet, people, animals and progress," the CRSB website says.

"The standard uses an 'outcome-based' approach… not prescribing specific ways to achieve them," the CRSB website. "This outcome-based model allows for the diverse ways for beef producers to demonstrate sustainable practices based on their individual operation, climate, region, soil type (and) production style."

Walmart's decision to buy 1.5 million lb. of CRSB beef, will inspire change and support the beef sector's "continuous improvement goals," said Anne Wasko, CRSB chair and a rancher from Eastend, Sask.

Contact robert.arnason@producer.com

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